Dear Business Partners,

We are now under a new "Stay at Home Order" through the end of May. What does this mean for Businesses?   Below we offer some guidance:

FACE COVERING REQUIRED INSIDE STORE - Face coverings will be required of customers in indoor public spaces such as stores. This face covering must cover the nose and mouth of the wearer and can be a fabric or paper mask, a scarf, a bandana, or a fabric face covering. This requirement applies to any individual over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering. Employees working in the store must follow the Social Distancing Requirements and must wear a face covering when they come within six feet of another employee or a customer.

NON-ESSENTIAL STORES - Retail stores not designated as Essential Businesses and Operations may re-open for the limited purposes of fulfilling telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery .  If picking up a curbside order, customers should wear a face covering if they cannot maintain a 6’ distance from other customers or employees.

ESSENTIAL STORES - Retail stores (including, but not limited to, stores that sell groceries and medicine, hardware stores, and greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries) designated as Essential Businesses and Operations under this Order shall to the greatest extent possible:
  • Cap occupancy at 50 percent of store capacity, or, alternatively, at the occupancy limits based on store square footage set by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
  • Set up store aisles to be one-way where practicable to maximize spacing between customers and identify the one-way aisles with conspicuous signage and/or floor markings;
  • Communicate with customers through in-store signage, and public service announcements and advertisements, about the social distancing requirements set forth in this Order (Social Distancing Requirements); and
·        discontinue use of reusable bags.

BUSINESS OWNERS/MANAGERS - To ensure customers adhere to the Executive Order buisnesses should treat it similarly to someone without shoes or shirt in your store. It will be the responsibility of the business to:
  • Post Signage – We encourage you to post information at your entrances.
  • Request Adherence - If customers are not complying, ask them to follow the guidelines or leave your store.
  • Call the Police – If there is a public disturbance and you are not able to handle, please call the Police Department.

For the full text of the Executive Order, please visit here . You can find out about business resources at .

Please contact us at 309-494-8640 or for any questions or assistance. We look forward to recovering our local economy.


Cesar Suarez
Cesar J. Suarez
Senior Development Specialist