Dear Chicagoan,
Last Friday, Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced the framework for the reopening of Chicago amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The “Protecting Chicago" Framework – organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan – will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit from shelter-in-place while continuing to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable residents.
Chicago has already transitioned from Phase One (Strict Stay-at-Home) to Phase Two (Stay-at-Home) of the “Protecting Chicago” Framework. The goal of this phase is to continue flattening the curve while safely being outside:
·      Essential workers go to work; everyone else works from home
·      Stay at home as much as possible
·      Wear a face covering while outside your home
·      Physically distance from anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable friends and family
The City of Chicago is using specific health criteria, which can be found in the “ Protecting Chicago” Framework , to determine how and when to transition between phases. Additionally, the City is working with industry working groups to develop detailed, industry-specific guidelines on how to reopen safely, which we plan to share in the next two weeks. BACP will pass along this information directly to businesses as soon as it is determined and available.
The City is looking for feedback to ensure the reopening is phased in a way that eases concerns that residents may have – fill out this survey to provide feedback.
Additional BACP Updates:
·      I would like to provide you with an update on two pending pieces of legislation. Both of these laws will be considered by City Council on Wednesday, May 20. We will pass along additional information next week:
·      License Extension: Under this law, licenses that expire during the COVID-19 outbreak will have their expiration date extended along with renewal and late fees deferred. Upon passage of this law, all business or public vehicle licenses that expire between March 15 and June 30, 2020, will be considered active until July 30, 2020, and will have until that date to renew without paying late fees. This date could be sooner if the Department of Public Health Commissioner determines that the public health threat has diminished and issues guidance to lift the order.
·      Anti-Retaliation: Under this law, employers would not be allowed to fire, demote, or retaliate against a worker that stays home from work because they are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or because they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
·      Yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot announced new rules to increase transparency for third-party food delivery companies. Starting Friday, May 22, these companies will be required to disclose to the customer a cost breakdown for each purchase, including the amount of the commission paid by the restaurant. Read the Industry Notice for more information.
·      The Chicago Department of Public Health has updated the COVID-19 Resource Center website . Please visit this website for up-to-date and organized information on everything related to the outbreak in Chicago, including the latest health data and guidance, reopening updates and how to donate or volunteer.
·      BACP continues to offer multiple webinars each week. This Thursday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will present a webinar through BACP’s Business Education Webinar Series on how to obtain funding for your small business. As a reminder, funding is still available through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program. To learn more and register for this or other webinars, please visit .
As always, I want to thank each and every one of you for your resilience and dedication during this challenging time. Your city government will be fighting for Chicago’s businesses throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and during the road to recovery.
Rosa Escareno
BACP Commissioner 
Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,
Watch for common  COVID-19 symptoms  like cough, fever, chills or sore throat. Even if your symptoms are mild, by law in Chicago you must stay home, except to get medical care. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
Under current public health guidance, if you’re sick you must stay home and cannot return to school or work until:
  • at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared; and,
  • at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since your fever has resolved (i.e. no fever without the use of fever reducing medications) and your other symptoms are improving.

For example, if you have a fever and coughing for 7 days, you need to stay home 3 more days with no fever for a total of 10 days. Or, if you have a fever and coughing for 8 days, you need to stay home 3 more days with no fever for a total of 11 days.
If you’re mildly ill and can recover at home, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community:
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay away from other people in your home
  • Clean your hands often
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a cloth covering if you must be around other people (even at home)
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, like doorknobs, light switches, phones, and faucets
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you’re living with someone who is sick or have been in close contact with a person sick with COVID-19, you need to stay home too and avoid public places for  14 days . Monitor your symptoms and do not go to work or school. If you’re an essential worker, you may continue to work, as long as you don’t develop any COVID-19 symptoms. Follow these CDPH  recommendations for essential workers .
What's New
New Rules for Third-Party Food Delivery Companies -  The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced  new rules for third-party food delivery companies  to increase transparency and fair competition. Effective Friday, May 22nd, all third-party delivery companies will be required to disclose to the customer an itemized cost breakdown of each transaction, including the menu price of the food, any sales or other tax, delivery charge and tip, and any commission or service fee paid by the restaurant to the third-party delivery company. As more restaurants are relying on third-party delivery apps during the COVID-19 outbreak, these first-in-the-nation rules will provide customers with the details they need to make fully-informed purchasing decisions. These new rules will be in place permanently and apply to all websites, mobile applications or other internet services that offer or arrange the sale of food or beverages by a restaurant, bar or other food-serving establishments. Violating the rules can result in a daily fine of $500 to $10,000.
2020 Census  - The 2020 Census is going on now and will determine how billions of dollars in public funding are spent. The Census will play a critical role in our city's recovery and resources that impact our health care services, schools, infrastructure, and political representation. It is important, safe, and easy to complete online. Go to  to fill it out and remember that in 2020, it's time to make yourself count!
Chicago Rx  - The Chicago Rx Card is a free and easy way to save up to 80% on prescription drugs at more than 59,000 pharmacies across the country including Rite Aid, Kroger, Osco, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and many more. No registration or prequalification needed. The card is free, pre-activated and can be used immediately! The Chicago Rx card can be used by individuals and family members regardless of a person’s health, age, immigration status, or income, and there are no limits on how many times it can be used. Find out more at .
Smart 911  - Sign up for Smart 911 and create a safety profile for yourself and your family. In the event of an emergency, your Safety Profile is made available to call takers the moment your phone or one associated with your account dials 9-1-1. The service is free and sign up can be completed in minutes at .
Chi COVID Coach  - The  Chi COVID Coach  app is developed to help you know what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Once you sign up, we’ll check back with you via text message. We'll let you know what you and the other people in your household should do to limit the spread of COVID-19, help you know how long you need to stay separated from others, and give you day-by-day guidance throughout a potential isolation or quarantine period. Additionally, when you register with our Chi COVID Coach, we will alert you when COVID-19 approved antibody testing - and down the line, vaccination - is available. Learn more at .
Latest Public Health Guidance

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On Monday, May 18, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. will host a community meeting regarding the proposed zoning change for the property located at 1152 W. Randolph. The zoning change is for a C1-3 to a Type 1, DX-3 with FAR of 3.0.

Legal Counsel, Tristan & Cervantes, will be on the Zoom virtual meeting to answer any questions you may have.

Monday, May 18
6:00 - 7:30 PM or 312-262-6799
Meeting ID: 764 1147 9052

Please contact Carla M. Agostinelli, Executive Director, at  or via telephone at 312.666.1991 with any comments, questions or concerns about the proposed zoning change.

A previous version of this email incorrectly stated the zoning change address as 1125 West Randolph Street. It is 1152 West Randolph Street.
Applying for Vocational Training

We anticipate July start dates for our next Wood Products Manufacturing class and our next Shipping & Receiving Training class. We are accepting applications now for both programs.

Please share this information with interested candidates:

·     Call to get started with the process: 312-563-9570. You will speak with one of the instructors in the program and discuss your career goals and how the opportunity to learn technical skills during the program will help your future employment prospects.

·     View our website: . Have questions? Email .

·     Attend a Virtual Info Session on Facebook LIVE:
Shipping & Receiving Training - Tuesdays at 10 AM
Wood Product Manufacturing Training - Thursdays at 10 AM

·     Fill out the application at

Applicants must be over 18 and residents of Illinois. Training is available to income-eligible candidates at no cost.

Get started on your future today!!!

Remote Work Period Extended

June 1st will now be the earliest return to regular on-site activity at our 500 N. Sacramento Blvd. location. Staff continue to work remotely. All staff are available by phone and email. 

Wood Products Manufacturing Program

CNC programming & operation
Woodwork Career Alliance passport/certification
Cabinet construction
Solid surface fabrication
Furniture techniques
Plastic laminating, veneering
Print reading, measuring, math, 10-hour OSHA Safety Card
Forklift operation

Shipping & Receiving Program

Computerized inventory control
Forklift certification
OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety Card
RF scanners
UPS WorldShip
Picking, packing, documentation
Warehouse design, material handling, quality
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