Glen Ellyn Chamber Members Stay Informed on Breaking News for your Business
The State of Illinois releases industry-specific guidelines to ensure safe reopening during Phase 3

Today, Sunday May 24th, Governor JB Pritzker released new industry-specific guidelines to allow for a safe re-opening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan. All four regions of the state are expected to advance to Phase 3 of the plan in the coming days. Phase 3 is expected to see many businesses reopen across the state, and hundreds of thousands of workers back to work.

The following industries are included in Phase 3: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, bars and restaurants for outdoor dining, and more. During Phase 3, group gatherings of 10 or fewer will now be permitted. A full list of industries as well as corresponding safety guidelines is now available.

While Phase 3 safety guidelines offer new precautions for businesses and residents to take, the state encourages all residents to maintain compliance with ongoing public health guidance - using face coverings, washing hands regularly, and practicing social distancing. Our continued compliance with the latest public health guidelines is essential to our ability to safety reopen our state and to restore Illinois.

Full Press Release - LINK

Learn more about Phase 3 and the full list of industry-specific guidelines below:

Manufacturing - Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills

Health and Fitness Centers - Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers

Offices - Non-customer-facing offices such as: legal; accounting services; architectural/engineering design; and other professional services

Personal Care Services - Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, waxing centers, tattoo parlors

Retail - Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls

Outdoor Recreation - Customer facing services such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, paintball courses, outdoor adventure parks

Service Counters - Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes

Day Camps - Recreational youth programs such as sports camps, recreational camps, educational camps

Youth Sports - Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, team or group sports practices (no competitive sports permitted in Phase 3)

Restaurants and Bars (outdoor dining and drinking) - Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snacks bars, taverns, and other food and beverage businesses
In an effort to help businesses prepare to reopen and comply with these new guidelines, DCEO has developed a downloadable "Phase 3 Business Toolkit."  The toolkit includes signage, training checklists and other resources to help business owners and workers implement safety procedures and precautions aligned with public health standards.
By working together, we can keep Illinois moving in the right direction.
Expanding Broadband Statewide
In light of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and residents, DCEO's Office of Broadband has announced the new  Illinois Connected Communities grant program designed to assist local governments, schools, and community organizations with building broadband capacity. The $150,000 grant opportunity will help communities close existing gaps and lay the groundwork for improved broadband access, adoption, and utilization.

A product of partnership between the Illinois Office of Broadband and the Evanston-based Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, the Illinois Connected Communities program is designed to engage a first-year cohort of communities through best practice curriculum, expert consultation, and up to $15,000 for initial community planning and capacity building. The grants will be provided on a competitive basis and applications are accepted through June 12.
COVID-19: Help for businesses, workers and residents:
Broadband Leadership
11:30 a.m.
Small Business Owner
2:00 p.m.
IL WorkNet
Virtual Job Fairs
2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m .
The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to be a resource during this difficult time. Please view the following business page to see the latest news shared with Chamber members regarding COVID-19 and links for further information.
Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
810 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137