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June 10, 2021

Dear Gurnee Business Partner:

Tom’s Tours

In 2020, as a Trustee of the Village of Gurnee, Mayor Thomas B. Hood started Tom’s Tours visiting local businesses of all types and showcasing their operations on social media as a way to support Gurnee’s business community, particularly during the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The video tour has proved very popular with the community and is being continued by now-Mayor Hood.  If you are interested in a visit from the Mayor (a great opportunity to ask questions and provide input into Village operations), please visit https://www.gurnee.il.us/tom's-tours, complete the form, and Village staff will be in touch!

Gurnee’s Got It – 102.3XLC

Another great opportunity to introduce your business – to Gurnee and all of Lake County and beyond – is to join us as a guest for a 5-10-minute interview with 102.3XLC morning hosts Wes & Leah.   According to your preference, interviews may be live or prerecorded, via phone or in-person at the Gurnee Mills studio.  They will be aired on the Thursday morning “Gurnee’s Got It!” segment – sponsored by the Village, at no cost to your business.  For examples of prior interviews, please visit our audio archive at https://www.gurnee.il.us/ggi-xlc.  If interested, please contact me via email, below.

State of Illinois Fully Reopens Tomorrow, June 11

Illinois will move to a full reopening, also known as Phase 5, the final phase of the Restore Illinois plan, on Friday, June 11, 2021. Tomorrow, the state will eliminate all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and all other venues.

According to the Governor’s office and the Illinois Department of Public Health:

  • The state reaches this point as it records the lowest number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the lowest test positivity rate, and more than 68% of Illinois residents age 18 and over who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting 366 new confirmed and probable cases, 764 people in the hospital with COVID-19, and a test positivity rate of 1.3%. These are some of the lowest COVID-19 statistics reported in Illinois to date. Additionally, IDPH is reporting 209 people with COVID-19 in the ICU and 103 people on ventilators. These are also some of the lowest counts we’ve seen since the pandemic began.
  • Currently, 11.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Illinois residents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting more than 68% of residents age 18 and older in Illinois have received at least one dose of vaccine and 51% of adults are fully vaccinated. Additionally, more than 88% of Illinois seniors have received at least one dose of vaccine.
  • Currently, there is not a vaccine authorized for children younger than 12 years, and some adults have chosen not to be vaccinated. For these reasons, it is important for unvaccinated people to continue to wear masks while in public and to socially distance. The virus can continue to spread among unvaccinated individuals, which could lead to additional mutations and new, more virulent variants.
  • Phase 5 Guidance for businesses and venues may be found here.

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, fully vaccinated people in Illinois can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.  The Village of Gurnee does not have a local mask mandate; however, some individual businesses, workplaces, or institutions might; we ask that such rules be respected on private property.

Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons are required to wear a face covering in certain situations including (1) on public transportation, planes, buses, trains, and in transportation hubs such as airports and train and bus stations; (2) in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters; and (3) in health care settings. Individuals in schools and day cares must also continue to wear face coverings per guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

We are so pleased to be in partnership with all of you.  Thank you for everything you do to make Gurnee the fabulous, healthy & safe, prosperous, and vibrant community that it is!   

Gurnee’s Got It! 

Sincerely,


Ellen K. Dean
Economic Development Director
edean@village.gurnee.il.us

 


 

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May 21, 2021

Dear Gurnee Business Partner:

Bridge Phase Order
On May 17, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-10 (Bridge Phase Order) which among other things rescinds the order requiring face coverings for fully vaccinated people when not in transit, schools, congregate settings or healthcare settings. Businesses at their option may continue to require face coverings for everyone while on their private property. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) Updates
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will be closing on Monday, May 24.   Below, please find details and resources for this and other SBA programs:

Last Call For Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications

RFF


RRF closes on Monday, May 24th at 7 p.m. CT

Eligible eating establishments have until Monday, May 24, 7 p.m. CT, to submit applications to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The American Rescue Plan Act established the program to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. Applicants can apply at restaurants.sba.gov.

Get help with your application
Applicants can refer to the RRF Program Guide for assistance working through the application. The Call Center Support team is also available at 844-279-8898. Have questions? Review the RRF Knowledge Basei for answers to frequently asked questions about the program.

 RRF application trainings

Trainings and portal tutorials can help applicants prepare and complete their RRF application online.

Apply here

SBA Program Updates

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Paycheck Protection Program

SBA is currently offering PPP loans through participating community financial institutions until May 31, 2021 or until remaining funds are exhausted. Please note that not all community financial institutions are participating in PPP.

Find a lender

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is open and eligible entities can apply now. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.

Apply


Economic Injury Disaster Loan

In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations, can apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Applications are open until December 31, 2021.

Apply

Upcoming trainings

Digital Strategy for Global E-commerce
Learn about digital strategies for the global marketplace from successful exporters who are using them to increase global sales. Hear about grants, programs, and services available to help you create and implement your digital global strategy. This event is part one of a two-part series presented by the SBA, the Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank), the U.S. Commercial Service, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Thursday, May 20, 1 p.m.

Register

SBA Support for Commercializing Innovation
Join the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center for a webinar discussing the major considerations for starting a business in Illinois including writing a business plan, choosing a business structure, registering ownership, determining tax requirements, and more. Thursday, May 20, 3 p.m.

Register

Business Beyond Borders
Join the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, EXIM Bank, and the SBA to learn about resources for capital, production expansion, marketing, and more. Tuesday, May 25, 1 p.m.

Register

Growing Your Global E-commerce Sales
Learn about the logistics of growing global e-Commerce including tips for handling payment and shipping in the electronic environment. The session will also include federal support programs for all your export needs. This event is part two of a two-part series presented by the SBA, the EXIM Bank, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Thursday, May 27, 1 p.m.

Register

 

Hiring Employees vs. Subcontractors: What You Need to Know
Join us to learn the general rules from the Internal Revenue Service that apply to an independent contractor as opposed to an employee. Bring your questions! There will be time for a Q&A. Thursday, May 27, 11 a.m.

Register

Stay updated

Visit sba.gov/relief for updates on the loan programs, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

If you have questions about your already submitted EIDL application, contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter.  E-mail questions to illinois.do@sba.gov.

 

Sincerely,

Economic Development Director
Village of Gurnee

 


 

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May 14, 2021

Dear Gurnee Business Partner:

Bridge to Phase 5

On Friday, May 14, Illinois enters the Restore Illinois “Bridge Phase” of reopening! Following a 28-day monitoring period, a full reopening of the state - Phase 5 - could occur as early as June 11. The Bridge Phase allows for higher capacity limits and increased business operations, including but not limited to:

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Full details, by business sector, for the Bridge to Phase 5 may be found here at  https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/bridge-phase. Also helpful is the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Frequently Asked Questions page, regularly updated, found here.

Gurnee Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines

With indoor dining still restricted, the Village will continue facilitating restaurants’ use of outdoor space to accommodate more patrons safely and comfortably. The 2021 Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines are posted here. Additionally, the Village will continue to allow liquor-to-go by licensed establishments in accordance with State of Illinois Liquor Control Commission guidelines.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

The American Rescue Plan Act included an appropriation of $28.6 billion for the RRF, authorizing the Small Business Administration (SBA) to award funds. The application period for the RRF opened on May 3, and appropriations remain available until expended.  Priority in the first 21 days – through May 24 - of the program is being given to restaurants owned by women, veterans, and socially or economically disadvantaged groups.  Following the 21-day priority period, all eligible applications will be funded in the order in which they have been received.

In the first week after launching the Fund, the SBA announced that over $2 billion was awarded, with an average award of $125,000.

Interested food establishments may apply through SBA-recognized POS vendors or directly via the SBA online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov. Details on the program, including eligibility, use of funds, how to apply, and more may be found here.  

For an SBA Overview of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, register for any of the following (same content) webinars:

  1. Friday, May 14, 1:00pm
  2. Friday, May 21, 1:00pm
  3. Friday, May 28, 1:00pm

RRF - Highlights:

  • Funds may be used for eligible expenses incurred between February 15, 2020 and March 11, 2023
  • Eligible uses of RRF funds include:
    • Business Expenses such as payroll, utility payments, supplies, maintenance, food & beverage expenses, covered supplier costs, and operating expenses including insurance, marketing, fees, licenses, legal, Point of Sale equipment, etc.
    • Construction of outdoor seating.
    • Business Debt such as payments on any business mortgage obligation or debt service (including regular principal and interest but excluding prepayment).
  • PPP recipients are eligible to apply for RRF; however, any PPP funds received will be subtracted from the RRF final funding amount. Applicants should be sure to use the same EIN, ITIN, or SSN associated with the PPP; if different between First Draw and Second Draw, closely consult RRF program rules.
  • Applicants must not have a pending application or have received a Shuttered Venue Operators grant.
  • Applicants do not need to be registered in SAM.gov, and the SBA will not require a DUNS or CAGE identifier.
  • Any business concern operating as a franchise and meeting all other program requirements is eligible; the franchise must be listed on the SBA Franchise Directory.

RRF - What to expect:

  1. As outlined by Congress, the SBA will focus its reviews on the priority applications that have been submitted. Applicants who have submitted a non-priority application will find their applications remain in a Review status while the priority applications are processed during the first 21 days. Applicants in this status should not anticipate any outreach from the SBA during this period.
  2. Following a successful application submission, all applications will first enter a stage called “IRS verification.” This process may take up to seven days and allows the SBA to validate your application submission.
  3. If you have questions about the award calculation, see the program guide, pages 7–9.
  4. The 4506T form is signed with your application during the e-sign process. You do not need to submit an additional 4506T.
  5. If you are entering a state in the address section(s) use the abbreviation in capital letters (e.g. IL for Illinois).
  6. For application support, you may submit a message using the platform inbox. For quick answers, this may be your best route.
  7. The SBA will continue to fund approved applications until all funds have been exhausted.

The National Restaurant Association has released a guide for restaurants and bars that applied for the Restaurant Revitalization fund, including records to maintain and keep track of and learning how to address new funds in tax filings.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Eligible entities include live venue operators/promoters, museum operators, motion picture theater operators, live performing arts organization operators and more. Apply now and learn more on the SBA website.   

Employer Tax Credits for Providing Paid Leave for Vaccinations

Guidance for Small Businesses Claiming Deductions from First-Round PPP Loans

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued Revenue Procedure 2021-20 for certain businesses that received first-round Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans but did not deduct any of the original eligible expenses because they relied on guidance issued before the enactment of tax relief legislation in December of 2020. View the guidelines here.

Small Business Community Resources

The Illinois Small Business Development Center is offering training programs through TAD (Training Assessment and Development) and BizHub through funding from the CARES Act passed last year.

  • BizHub: BizHub offers Q&A with local entrepreneurs and experts, access to a network for small businesses, a startup knowledge center, and opportunities to share your startup story or get tips from other small businesses.
  • Register your business now here
  • TAD: CLC offers TAD, an affordable cloud-based integrated system, to employers of any size in Lake County. TAD is a high-quality, results-oriented training designed for any-size organization. They offer training and workshops on a variety of topics including business writing, communication, ESL, leadership, and more.

Six Flags Announces Donation of 50,000 Free Tickets to Encourage Vaccinations

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker was in Gurnee yesterday to announce that the Restore Illinois: Bridge Phase began Friday, May 14th. Mayor Tom Hood joined Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor President Hank Salemi to introduce the Governor and announce that Six Flags is donating 50,000 free tickets to help encourage Illinois residents ages 12+ to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Starting the first weekend in June, the Illinois National Guard will be setting up at Six Flags for a mobile clinic to receive your vaccine and visit the park for a day of fun. Click here to read more on the Six Flags Great America vaccination events and free tickets.

Lake County Vaccination Sites

Vaccination options are rapidly expanding; the Lake County Health Department’s “Find a Vaccine” page provides the most up-to-date list of sites and operational details.

Doctors Test Centers is currently running a pod for restaurant workers who live or work in Lake County. For the Registration Portal, click here

Many community vaccination sites are now offering walk-in service with no appointment needed.

Lake County Fairgrounds (1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake)
Hours of operation (by appointment or walk-in):

  • Saturday, May 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 17: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 21: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 22: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 23: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eligibility: Ages 12+, Illinois residents, and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois. Vaccine Supply: Both Pfizer and Moderna are provided at the Fairgrounds site, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available by request. Pfizer is guaranteed for ages 12-17 and is the only vaccine authorized for that age group.

Regional Vaccination Site (102 W. Water St., Waukegan)
Hours of operation (by appointment or walk-in):

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This site provides drive-through and walk-in service. Eligibility: Ages 12+, Illinois residents, and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois.  Vaccine Supply: Pfizer is currently provided at the Regional Vaccination Site.

Round Lake Beach (Former K-Mart Supercenter, 400 E. Rollins Rd.):
Hours of operation (by appointment or walk-in):

  • Tuesdays through Sundays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eligibility: Ages 12+, Illinois residents, and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois.  Vaccine Supply: Pfizer is currently provided at the Round Lake Beach site.

There are many locations to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including many retail pharmacies now offering walk-ins. Visit www.lakecountyil.gov/vaccine for more information.

We value your partnership and are so pleased to be crossing the “Bridge” with you toward recovery and revitalization!

Sincerely,

Ellen K. Dean
Economic Development Director

 


 


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May 7, 2021

Dear Gurnee Business Partner:

 Bridge to Phase 5

On Thursday, Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois will enter the Restore Illinois “Bridge Phase” of reopening on Friday, May 14.   Following a 28-day monitoring period, a full reopening of the state - Phase 5 - could occur as early as June 11.   The Bridge Phase allows for higher capacity limits and increased business operations, including:

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Details, by business sector, for the Bridge to Phase 5 may be found here.  Also helpful is the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Frequently Asked Questions page, regularly updated, found here.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application Deadline – May 31

The Small Business Administration is currently offering PPP loans originated only by certain community financial institutions, through May 31 or until funds are exhausted.  To find an eligible lender still participating:

  • Certified Development Companies - CDCs
  • SBA Microlenders
  • Community Development Financial Institutions - CDFIs
  • Minority Depository Institutions - MDIs

To participate in a May 19 webinar, offered by DCEO, on the PPP program; register here.  

Employer Tax Credits for Providing Paid Leave for Vaccinations

Gurnee Temporary Outdoor Dining Guidelines

With indoor dining still restricted, the Village will continue facilitating restaurants’ use of outdoor space to accommodate more patrons safely and comfortably.   2021 Outdoor Dining Temporary Regulations posted here.   Additionally, the Village will continue to allow liquor-to-go by licensed establishments in accordance with State of Illinois Liquor Control Commission guidelines. 

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) – Open for Applications

The American Rescue Plan Act included an appropriation of $28.6 billion for the RRF, authorizing the Small Business Administration (SBA) to award funds.   The application period for the RRF opened on May 3, and appropriations remain available until expended.  Priority in the first 21 days of the program will be given to restaurants owned by women, veterans, and socially or economically disadvantaged groups.  Details on the program, including eligibility, use of funds, how to apply, and more may be found here.   To begin the application process, please visit:  https://restaurants.sba.gov/. 

For an SBA Overview of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, register for any of the following (same content) webinars:

  1. Friday, May 14, 1:00pm
  2. Friday, May 21, 1:00pm
  3. Friday, May 28, 1:00pm

 A few of the highlights of the RRF Program include:

  • Funds may be used for eligible expenses incurred between February 15, 2020 and March 11, 2023
  • Eligible uses of RRF funds include:
    • Business Expenses such as payroll, utility payments, supplies, maintenance, food & beverage expenses, covered supplier costs, and operating expenses including insurance, marketing, fees, licenses, legal, Point of Sale equipment, etc.
    • Construction of outdoor seating
    • Business Debt such as payments on any business mortgage obligation or debt service (including regular principal and interest but excluding prepayment)
    • Register your business now here
  • PPP recipients are eligible to apply for RRF; however, any PPP funds received will be subtracted from the RRF final funding amount.  Applicants should be sure to use the same EIN, ITIN, or SSN associated with the PPP; if different between First Draw and Second Draw, closely consult RRF program rules.
  • Applicants must not have a pending application or have received a Shuttered Venue Operators grant.
  • Applicants do not need to be registered in SAM.gov, and the SBA will not require a DUNS or CAGE identifier.
  • Any business concern operating as a franchise and meeting all other program requirements is eligible; the franchise must be listed on the SBA Franchise Directory. 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications Open Now
The Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Eligible entities include live venue operators/promoters, museum operators, motion picture theater operators, live performing arts organization operators and more.   
Apply now and learn more on the SBA website.

Small Business Community Resources

The Illinois Small Business Development Center is offering training programs through TAD (Training Assessment and Development) and BizHub through funding from the CARES Act passed last year.

BizHub: BizHub offers Q&A with local entrepreneurs and experts, access to network for small businesses, a startup knowledge center, and opportunities to share your startup story or get tips from other small businesses.

o    Register your business now here

 

TAD: CLC offers TAD, an affordable cloud-based integrated system, to employers of any size in Lake County. TAD is a high-quality, results-oriented training designed for any-size organization. They offer training and workshops on a variety of topics including business writing, communication, ESL, leadership, and more.

o    Visit clcillinois.edu/solutions to learn more

Lake County Vaccination Sites

Doctors Test Centers is currently running a pod for restaurant workers who live or work in Lake County.   For the Registration Portal, click here. 

Many community vaccination sites are now offering walk-in service with no appointment needed.

Lake County Fairgrounds (1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake)

Hours of operation (by appointment or walk-in):

  • Friday, May 7: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 8: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 10: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 12: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 14: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eligibility: Ages 16+, Illinois residents, and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois.  Vaccine Supply: Both Pfizer and Moderna are provided at the Fairgrounds site, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available by request. Pfizer is guaranteed for ages 16-17 and is the only vaccine authorized for that age group.

 

Regional Vaccination Site (102 W. Water St., Waukegan)

Hours of operation (by appointment or walk-in):

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • NOTE: Closed on Sunday, May 9 for Mother’s Day

This site provides drive-through and walk-in service. Eligibility: Ages 16+, Illinois residents, and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois.  Vaccine Supply: Pfizer is currently provided at the Regional Vaccination Site.

 

Round Lake Beach (Former K-Mart Supercenter, 400 E. Rollins Rd.):

Walk-in hours:

  • Tuesdays through Sundays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • NOTE: Closed on Sunday, May 9 for Mother’s Day

Eligibility: Ages 16+, Illinois residents, and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois.  Vaccine Supply: Pfizer is currently provided at the Round Lake Beach site.

 

Additional Information:

COVID-19 vaccines are free to all, regardless of insurance or immigration status. All sites listed above are vaccinating ages 16 and older. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Vaccine supply may change, and Pfizer vaccine is only guaranteed for those ages 16-17.

 

The Lake County Health Department is now providing the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by appointment to its Community Health Center patients, Illinois residents, and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois. Locations include the Grand Avenue Health Center in Waukegan, Midlakes Health Center in Round Lake, North Shore Health Center in Highland Park, and Zion Health Center in Zion. Please visit the AllVax Portal or call (847) 377-8130 for an appointment.

 

There are many locations to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including many retail pharmacies now offering walk-ins. Visit www.lakecountyil.gov/vaccine for more information.

 

As always, thank you for your partnership, and we look forward to crossing the “Bridge” with you toward recovery and revitalization!

 

Sincerely,

 

Ellen K. Dean

Economic Development Director
VILLAGE OF GURNEE



March 18, 2021

Dear Gurnee Business Partner:

Today, Governor Pritzker announced a new “Bridge” Phase between the current Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan and an expansion of vaccine eligibility, beginning April 12, for any Illinois resident 16 and over.

In an update to current Phase 4 guidelines and the new Bridge to Phase 5, individuals with proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) 1-3 days prior to an event or outing do not count against capacity limits. Details of Phase 4 adjustments and the new Bridge Phase can be found here along with the press release from today’s announcement.

Barring any significant resurgences in positivity rates, hospitalizations, or mortality, the Bridge will start when 70 percent of Illinois residents over the age of 65 have received at least one vaccine dose; this metric currently stands at 58 percent.  Given the current pace of vaccinations in the State, it is estimated that the Bridge phase could be reached within 12-14 days but this is subject to change.   After we move into the Bridge phase, a 28-day monitoring period will begin.    The State will move into Phase 5 when 50 percent of residents 16 and over have received at least one vaccine dose.    The Governor stressed that this trajectory is dependent upon continued progress and no resurgences in the aforementioned metrics. 

All regions of the State will move through the Bridge Phase and ultimately to Phase 5 together.   The Statewide mask mandate will continue in accordance with CDC guidelines, and Illinoisans are urged to continue practicing the 3 W’s – wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands.   

Today’s news is welcomed and hopeful; thank you for all that you have done, and continue to do, to keep our community healthy and prosperous.

Sincerely,

Mayor Kovarik signature

Mayor Kristina M. Kovarik

Village of Gurnee


January 26, 2021
 
 
Dear Gurnee Business Partner:
 
 
Region 9 Enters Tier 1 Mitigations

 
We are pleased share to the good news that Region 9 (Lake/McHenry), effective today, is in Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations.  

Notably, Tier 1 allows indoor restaurant dining to resume at the lesser of 25% capacity or 25 persons per room, with a maximum table size of four.   Meetings/events/gatherings (excluding in-person school or sports) are also allowed with a 25%/25 guest capacity restriction.   Additionally, hotels, indoor fitness classes, and offices may be open under Phase 4 rules.  A full list of the differences between Tiers 1, 2, and 3 may be found here.  

In order to move to Phase 4, a region must meet the following metrics:
  1. A test positivity rate less <=6.5% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND
  2. >=20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND
  3.  No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.
The resurgence criteria and region metrics can be found here

 

 Small Business Workshops
 
A series of CARES Act-funded workshops are being offered via Zoom to area small businesses, at no cost, by the Small Business Development & International Trade Center at College of Lake County:


Marketing Essentials for Small Business
Tuesdays, February 9, 23 and March 9 | 8 - 10 a.m.
 
Attend this interactive workshop to learn key marketing fundamentals that you will integrate into your business including an effective, actionable marketing plan.
 
Watch this video to learn more.


Decision Driven: Closing the Gap Between Analysis & Action
February 15, 17, 19, 23 and 25 at 1 p.m.
 
Attend this 5-part workshop to address the common pitfalls that prevent leaders from using data to drive decisions and results.

Cyber Security for Small Business
Tuesday, February 16 | 9 – 11 a.m.
 
Attend this workshop to understand the basic concepts associated with Cyber Security and what a company needs to stay secure.

Bootstrapping for Small Business
Tuesday, February 23 | 8 – 10 a.m.
 
Before seeking external funding, businesses should consider potentially hidden, internal sources of cash. Learn what will work for your business.

External Funding Options for Small Business
Thursday, February 25 | 8 – 10 a.m.
 
Discover other funding sources beyond the obvious and how to leverage them to your advantage.
 

Lake County Vaccination Updates

Just a reminder that anyone who lives or works in Lake County is eligible to register through the Lake County Health Department’s AllVax portal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; however, even if you’ve registered, you’re encouraged to take advantage of any opportunity – for example, through a healthcare provider or pharmacy – to receive the vaccination, and there’s no need to remove your account from the AllVax system.
 
The Lake County Health Department continues vaccinating Phase 1a healthcare personnel by appointment at its Lake County Fairgrounds site; long-term care facility residents are being vaccinated through the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program; and area pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare providers, and other partners are now eligible, as of January 25, to begin Phase 1b in Lake County.   Illinois’ Phase 1b group includes frontline essential workers and all residents age 65 and over; for details, visit www.lakecountyil.gov/vaccine.  



Regards,

Ellen Dean
Economic Development Director
Village of Gurnee