Noteworthy News
An electronic newsletter for Tinley Park businesses
August 26, 2020

State implementing new COVID-19 mitigation measures for Will County
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently announced new COVID-19 mitigation efforts for Region 7, which includes the Will County portion of Tinley Park. These new measures, which begin Wednesday, Aug. 26, were implemented after the region reached eight percent positivity for three days. New mitigation measures include:


  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m.
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be six feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table


  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be six feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events and Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

Illinois issues statewide mask mandate for bars, restaurants
Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently announced a new statewide mandate requiring all patrons of restaurants and bars to wear a mask while interacting with waitstaff and other employees when food and beverages are brought to the table and when picking up carryout orders. The new mandate goes into effect Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The Village has a page at that contains resources and information on the current pandemic. It's updated as new information becomes available. To ask questions or voice your concerns, please email
CARES grant open to Will Co. businesses
CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program applications are open now through Sept. 28 for Will County businesses. Applications are available on the Will County website.

The program is for businesses with less than $2.5 million in revenue and fewer than 25 employees that have had significant COVID-19 expenses or disruptions. Selected businesses may receive as much as $15,000 in grant assistance. The full eligibility criteria is available online.

Will County will also be conducting two webinars to provide additional information. The first will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28 (register here), and the second will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 (register here).

Accion is assisting with the application process, and there is a contact form on the program website to assist applicants who have additional questions.
80th Avenue station vendor RFQs due Sept. 1
Requests for qualifications are due Tuesday, Sept. 1 for commercial business owners who are interested in operating the 800-square foot cafe inside the 80th Avenue Metra train station. The Village also will be scheduling showings of the facility to potential vendors.

The 5,400-square-foot station is located just east of 80th Avenue along the Metra Rock Island commuter rail line and features a clock tower, a full kitchen, a great hall with a 25-foot-high ceiling, a covered drop-off area and veranda, interior booth seating, two restrooms and a fireplace.

The selected vendor will have direct access to the entire station, including the great hall. The Village is seeking a high-quality retail or service firm with an excellent operating record whose use of the train station will, in addition to serving the more than 2,400 daily Metra commuters, create a destination for residents and visitors during off-peak train station hours.

Respondents are encouraged to submit plans they believe will be in the best interest of Metra riders and the Village. The Village also encourages creative plans envisioning a variety of café services.

For more information, please contact Business Development Manager Priscilla Cordero at (708) 444-5110 or
Amazon Accelerate event in September
Amazon will host an event for its small business partners from Sept. 1 to 3. The free event, Amazon Accelerate, will feature Amazon executives, current sellers and independent online selling experts who will share their insights and ideas for how small businesses can thrive on Amazon, including navigating a strong finish to 2020 and beyond.

Register here to take part.
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