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As of May 29, all of Illinois moved to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois. For Gurnee this means that most of our community is back in business!  This new phase allows our retail stores and salons to open, nonessential businesses to return to work, and restaurants to offer outdoor dining. The Village will continue to follow State and public health guidance while we exercise local flexibility to allow our businesses to do what they do best – serving clients and customers!  


The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has issued Industry-specific Guidelines & Toolkits for reopening:


--Manufacturing: Manufacturing facilities including plants, factories and mills

--Offices: Non-customer-facing office uses including: legal, accounting services, and other professional services

--Retail: Retailers and merchandisers including grocery stores, hardware stores, clothing stores, pharmacies, department stores and shopping malls

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

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

--Health and Fitness Centers: Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and other fitness studios

--Personal Care Services: Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, massage, waxing, tattoos

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

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

--Restaurants and Bars (outdoor dining and drinking): Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snack bars, and other food and beverage businesses

If you’re not sure where your business fits, or which rules apply, please consult these resources:


--DCEO Phone hotline: 1-800-252-2923 or email:


Readiness for Reopening


Readying water systems after prolonged reduced usage


Print & Display signage


Restaurant Guidance

CDC:  Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting


Face Coverings – free to Gurnee small businesses: Available for pickup in the Village Hall lobby 7:30am-4:00pm M-F

Supplier List – sources for shields, masks, gloves, sanitizing supplies

Calculating Occupancy Limits (*per 2012 International Building Code)

  • Retail: 50% capacity = 15 persons per 1,000 square feet
  • Salons: Maintain minimum 6' distance between occupied chairs/stations 
    *Alternatively, businesses may follow DCEO guidance regarding Occupancy Limits.


Prioritizing health and safety (face coverings, social distancing, sanitation) is now a consumer expectation and will be a key component of our recovery. Building confidence-based loyalty is a shared goal. As a reminder, anyone who refuses to comply with the face covering requirement should be asked to leave business premises; if they do not, the Gurnee Police Department can be called, and it will be handled as a trespassing charge.  We want our customers and visitors to have confidence that Gurnee is the safest, best place to shop and dine!  




Additional Small Business COVID-19 Assistance Information 

U.S. Department of the Treasury Assistance for Small Businesses

U.S. Senate Committee & Small Business Entrepreneurship Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources 



  • SBA Debt Relief: Under this program, the SBA will pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020, or cover principal and interest on current 7(a) loans for a period of six months.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loan: This pilot program (Guide here) allows small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with a fast turnaround.

Federal Government Response to COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Guidance for Businesses and Employers
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Illinois Small Business Administration


Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

For Manufacturers:

Illinois Department of Revenue

  • Details on short-term relief from late sales tax payments due to COVID-19 here.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center, College of Lake County

  • Contact business advisors for inquiries or assistance: 847-543-2033,


Lake County Health Department


 Lake County Partners Covid-19 Informational Resources
Job Center of Lake County

View the Center’s Job Opportunities page

  • Employers: Complete this form to submit your job opportunities to the Job Center Business Service team
  • Jobseekers: Complete this form to submit your resume for consideration for a work experience (internship) or employment referral.