What a beautiful weekend - hopefully you all enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures. It certainly seemed as though everyone was outside yesterday!
Bridge to Phase 5 of Reopen Illinois on Hold
On Tuesday, March 30, state health officials announced that the planned mid-April start of a 'Bridge Phase,' that would have made business operations and social gatherings even less restrictive, has been postponed indefinitely because of climbing COVID-19 hospitalizations.
The state's phased-in reopening plan calls for 28 straight days of stable or declining hospitalizations and deaths from the respiratory disease. You can view the state-wide metrics here. We are hopeful that this trend will reverse soon as more people get vaccinated. A news story from NBC on the subject is available here.
PPP Application Period Extended
Last Tuesday, President Biden signed an extension for the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created last year to help small businesses weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to apply for a PPP loan has been extended from March 31 to May 31, and the law extends authorization of loans to June 30 to give the Small Business Administration additional time to process applications.
Visit the SBA website for applications and more information about this popular program.
Reminder! Restaurants - Please Take This Survey
Participating restaurants in Restaurant Madness, please share your experiences this year by filling out this survey. We will use your feedback to plan the program for 2022. Thank you!
Here is a link to watch the video recorded on Friday, April 2 by Mayor Schielke. The upcoming garage sale fundraiser for the Batavia Fireworks was discussed. The two day city-wide Batavia sales will take place on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. Get more information and sign up to host one by clicking here. No doubt, there is a lot of interest, we received many phone calls last week from people looking for information!
We continually update our home page, bataviachamber.org when new resources and information comes out. Also, check our calendar for new events from us and the community.
As always, we are now, and will be in the future, here for you.
Margaret, Patti and Shirley
Your Batavia Chamber of Commerce Staff