A program to support DuPage County small businesses and independent contractors impacted by COVID-19. In an effort to assist small businesses and independent contractors impacted by COVID-19, DuPage County in conjunction with Choose DuPage is providing grants to use for employee retention payroll, utilities, and rent.
CRITERIA Small businesses with fewer than 15 full-time employees and less than $1.5 million in annual revenue may apply for a grant up to $15,000. Independent contractors with more than 50% of their annual income coming from 1099 work, and an annual income of less than $100,000 may apply for a grant up to $7,500.
Businesses and contractors that have received other funds intended for this purpose (i.e. PPP, EIDL) are not eligible. Additionally, no member of the DuPage County Board or the Chairman, Choose DuPage Board, members of the grant decision committee, or the immediate family members thereof shall be eligible for this grant.
For further information about this program and to see if you qualify please visit: Choose DuPage
An informational webinar will be held on Friday May 15th @ 11 a.m To register click here: Informational Webinar
“Stay at Home” Extension Gov. Pritzker’s current “Stay at Home” Executive Order will expire after April 30 and his new EO will take effect on May 1 and run through May 31.
Face Coverings Beginning on May, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or mask when in a public place where six feet of social distancing can’t be maintain and in public indoor spaces, including stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or mask.
New Essential Businesses Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses, as can animal grooming businesses. Social distancing requirements must be maintained and both employees and their customers are required to wear a face-covering.
Non-Essential Retail Retail store not currently designated as essential businesses may re-open to fulfill telephone on online orders through pick-up outside the store and for delivery.
Essential Businesses and Manufacturing Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet of social distancing, along with following new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers, including occupancy limits and precautions such as staggered shifts and operation of only essential lines for manufacturers.
Schools While to closed, educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up pf necessary supplies or student belongings. Resident hall move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.
Health Care The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) also will be issuing guidelines to surgi-centers and hospitals to allow for certain elective surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions, starting on May 1. Facilities will need to comply with certain criteria, including proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing of elective surgery patients to ensure COVID-19 negative status and ensuring enough overall space remains available for COVID-19 patients.
Outdoor Recreation State parks will begin a phased re-opening under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Fishing and boating of no more than two people will be permitted. Golfing will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) and when social distancing is ensured. Small Business PPP Relief Refunding The $484 billion in new federal relief funding includes $310 billion to replenish PPP—which exhausted $349 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act in only two weeks—$75 billion for hospitals, $25 billion for COVID-19 testing and additional monies for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program.
Congressional Democrats also are pushing for a fifth piece of legislation to provide federal relief to states and cities, and chambers of commerce, business and trade associations and other Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-designated 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations not eligible for PPP funding in the CARES Act or the newly-appropriated bill.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Representative Mike Quigley (D-Illinois 5th District) are part of the Illinois Congressional delegation supporting additional federal relief.