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
--DCEO Phone hotline: 1-800-252-2923 or email: email@example.com
Readiness for Reopening
Readying water systems after prolonged reduced usage
- CDC Guidance to Reopening Buildings after Prolonged Shutdown
- IDPH Guidance for Returning Water Systems to Regular Use
Print & Display signage
- GGI Welcome Back - Safe Business Poster (11x17)
- Welcome Back Safe Shopper Poster (11x17)
- 6-foot Social Distancing Floor Circles (8.5 x 11)
- Aisle Markings:
- Village of GurneeTemporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines
- Social Distancing Requirements
- IDPH Guidance for Food Service
- CDC Guidance for Restaurants and Bars
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
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness (here) and review (here) and a PPP Loan Program Report, which details how PPP funds have been spent so far.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Loan Advance: working capital loan issued directly by SBA (vs. lenders).
- Customer Service: Phone: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Guidance to Employers on Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- Subscribe to receive email updates from SBA at bit.ly/SubscribeIL
- SBA resource partners (Illinois Small Business Development Centers, WBDC, SCORE, Veterans Business Outreach Center) stand ready to assist; visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find a counselor or mentor.
- Webinars available at www.sba.gov/il
- Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter
- Donations – supplies and equipment
- Social channels Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
- State of Illinois Executive Orders
- DCEO may be reached at CEO.Support@Illinois.gov or 1-800-252-2923
- The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) is working with Governor Pritzker’s office to identify the local capacity to donate, supply and manufacture needed goods. To get involved, submit your information here.
- The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) is collecting information to make critical connections between manufacturers and suppliers. Click here to submit your company’s information.
- Details on short-term relief from late sales tax payments due to COVID-19 here.
- statewide COVID-19 hotline to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov
Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center, College of Lake County
- Contact business advisors for inquiries or assistance: 847-543-2033, IllinoisSBDC@clcillinois.edu
- Weekly conference calls targeted to the needs of business
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.