SBA TO FORGIVE PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOANS
The Small Business Administration will forgive their Paycheck Protection Program loan if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
Applications can be submitted to a qualified SBA Lender starting April 03. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM MAYOR’S OFFICE
COVID-19 PUBLIC UPDATE 3-22-2020
Macomb, Illinois March 22 – THE MAYOR IS STONGLY ENCOURAGING CITIZENS TO STAY AT HOME AS REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNOR TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.
For questions, comments or recommendations regarding the stay at home order email: Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov
- More information at: www.coronavirus.illinois.gov
- CDC guidelines for travel, social distancing, and protecting yourself: www.CDC.gov
- Illinois Department of Public Health: www.dph.illinois.gov
- City of Macomb: www.cityofmacomb.com
- Macomb Area Chamber www.macombareachamber.com/coronavirus
As of 3/22/20
- City staff is in the office and continues to monitor the situation and state and federal information.
- McDonough County Transportation’s Demand Response is continuing operations
- The Illinois Zephyr that departs Macomb to Chicago at 7:00 AM and returns from Chicago at 9:20 PM each day continues to operate. Amtrak has discontinued the Carl Sandburg route at this time.
- City Council meetings are canceled until April 6th.
- Waste Management has postponed the Spring City-Wide Clean-up originally scheduled for May 11-18. At this time, regular garbage pick-up and no-sticker yard waste pick-up is scheduled to continue.
- Waste Management has suspended handling of incoming residential calls at the landfill and bulky item collection, either scheduled or extra call.
- City Hall is open with restricted access. We ask community members to communicate first via electronic means before meeting in person.
- The Community room in City Hall is closed until April 6th.
- City payments are accepted via mail, online at City website, and drop box in City Hall parking lot.
- There is increased disinfection being done at City buildings and the train depot.
- There is a moratorium on utility shutoffs for all utility companies. Water disconnections and late fees have been suspended until May 1 or the crisis has passed.
- The City has identified essential operations and essential personnel.
- The City water service department is restricting visits into customer properties except for emergencies.
- Go-West is continuing public transportation operations to provide services to citizens that don’t have other means of transportation.
- Per Governor Pritzker’s executive order 2020-08 onsite consumption of food is halted. Customers may enter the premises for carry-out or may use curbside pickup or delivery. Also, gatherings of 50 people or more are prohibited.
- With the restaurant’s on-premises service closed, the City has placed parking spots for carry-out and curbside pick-up at the Downtown restaurants.
- Action on administrative hearings for vehicle impoundments has been delayed 30 days.
Governor Pritzker Announces Updates to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan in Consultation with Health Experts
Bars and Restaurants Can Open for Outdoor Seating, All State Parks to Open
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Chicago - Building on a robust, statewide effort to ensure Illinois can safely reopen and following the data, science, and guidance from public health experts and stakeholders across the state, Governor Pritzker announced updates to Phase 3 of the state's Restore Illinois plan.
"We are by no means out of the woods, but directionally, things are getting better. And because of these advances, we are able to make some modifications to allow more activity during Phase 3 of our reopening plan Restore Illinois," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Our mission has always been to get people back to work, get students back to school and return to as much normalcy as possible without jeopardizing the health and safety of Illinoisans."
In the coming days, the state and IDPH will be issuing formal industry-specific guidance, particularly around workplaces and childcare, for business owners and employees in these and other sectors.
Bars and Restaurants
With Phase 3, bars and restaurants will have the option to resume operations for outdoor seating only. Tables must be six feet apart and away from the sidewalks, masks and distancing measures for staff must continue to be followed, and other precautions and guidance will be issued.
These measures will allow restaurants to re-open at a risk comparable to other outdoor activities, while giving the state's hospitality industry a much-needed boost.
Municipalities are encouraged to help restaurants and bars expand their outdoor seating options.
To date, the administration has delivered over $14 million in small business grants averaging $20,000 to 699 bars, restaurants, and hotels across 270 individual cities in Illinois.
With the start of phase 3, all state parks will reopen on May 29. All concession will reopen as well under guidelines set for our retail and food service businesses in Phase 3. Illinois will permit the re-opening of indoor and outdoor tennis facilities with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety precautions and capacity limits.
For golf, in Phase 3, courses can allow foursomes out on the same tee times. Carts will also be permitted with one person per cart, or one immediate household per cart.
With the new ten person gathering limit for all activities in Phase 3, boating or camping with up to ten people will be permitted.
The state will be providing guidance on how other outdoor recreational businesses, such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, and paintball courses can safely open their doors in Phase 3.
Health Clubs, Retail, and Personal Care Services
In Phase 3, health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training in indoor facilities and outdoor fitness classes of up to ten people.
Personal care services, like nail salons, tattoo shops, hair braiders, spas and barbershops, can open with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.
And all retail stores can open their doors to in-person shopping with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits in place.
Local governments retain the right to establish stricter restrictions in any areas.
"The Governor's action to allow for expanded outdoor dining options will benefit many restaurants at a time when every dollar counts and provides a glimmer of light at the end of this long, COVID-19 tunnel. Innovative outdoor dining strategies extend a lifeline - restoring jobs and offering guests the hospitality experience they've been missing while prioritizing public health and safety. Outdoor dining will not help every restaurant, but it is a constructive step in the right direction," said Sam Toia, President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association.
"The Allied Golf Associations of Illinois are grateful that we had the opportunity to collaborate with the Governor's office to propose safely lifting some of the restrictions that had been in place for golf. The Phase 3 changes will allow more people to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of the game, and do so in a way that is safe for both golfers and facility staff," said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA and Illinois PGA Foundation.
Read details HERE
Gov. Pritzker officially extends Illinois stay-at-home order through May, Opens State Parks, Recreation & "Non-Essential" Businesses, Announces New Essential Businesses and Requires Face Masks
Read details HERE
Aid to Small Businesses
- Economic Disaster Injury Loan and Loan Advance
- Paycheck Protection Program
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- Subsidies for Current SBA Loan Payments
- Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
- Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program
- IL Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance
Aid to Medium Sized Businesses
Aid to Large Sized Business
Aid to All Businesses
- Link to information for small businesses on Illinois' Economic Disaster Loan from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
- Essential Business inquiries: contact 1-800-252-2923 or CEO.firstname.lastname@example.org
- IL Small Business Assistance: email CEO.email@example.com (DCEO) or click here.
- Federal Small Business loans visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov.
- Business insurance coverage: contact the Department of Insurance (DOI) to file an online complaint:https://mc.insurance.illinois.gov/messagecenter.nsf.
- IDFPR list of licensees and consumers impacted by COVID-19 visit: https://www.idfpr.com/COVID-19.asp
- Unemployment insurance eligibility and the application process call Claimant Services at (800) 244-5631.
- Tax Relief related to COVID-19 visit https://bit.ly/346uzuo
- If you feel sick or are concerned about infection visit DPH website, click here.
- Resources for people with disabilities, please visit www.DDD.Illinois.gov.
- School related inquires visit https://www.isbe.net/covid1
- Donations: PPE.donations@Illinois.gov
- To Manufacture PPE in Illinois: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To Sell PPE: Covid.email@example.com
- To Volunteer: visit serve.illinois.gov or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. For more information please visit the IDES website.
BULLETIN: Effective Friday 3/20/20 AMTRAK will be suspending the CARL SANDBURG Train Service, which normally arrives daily in Macomb from Chicago at 10:50AM and departs to Chicago from Macomb at 6:18PM, until 05/31/2020. The ILLINOIS ZEPHYR, which departs daily from Macomb at 7:00AM for Chicago with return service to Macomb at 9:20PM, will continue normal scheduled operation.
COVID-19 FEDERAL PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE
McDonough District Hospital's New coronavirus nurse triage hotline and a drive-thru screening station
These services will be open seven days a week.
MDH COVID-19 Update
CHRIS STORTZUM, MD
Family Practice / Springfield Clinic
COVID-19 SCREENING: "There may be some confusion with the term "screening" as it pertains to Coronavirus in Macomb. Due to the lack of tests available for Coronavirus, our medical community is first using standard screening QUESTIONS that help determine if a person is considered at higher risk. If this telephone screen shows the person to be at higher risl we move on to LABORATORY testing. Initially this testing for other possible causes for the persons symptoms (influenza, strep throat, and RSV for kids under 19). If someone has one of these other illness they have less than 2% chance of Coronavirus. If these tests are negative and the person has mild to moderate symptoms they will be directed to remain at home in isolation. If symptoms are more severe, persons will be referred to our Health Department for consideration of Coronavirus testing (which currently takes 4+ days to get result).”
SHARING OF INFORMATION: In this day of 24/7 information, there is still a sec-
tion of the population not receiving the latest news updates. With the current coronavirus pandemic, it’s critical that everyone checks in on their family, friends, and neighbors to check on their wellbeing. When you do, make sure they’ve seen or heard the latest information from the city, county agencies and MDH. Share facts, not rumors. The McDonough County Health Department, McDonough County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, and McDonough District Hospital will continue to share information and health tips pertaining to the pandemic.
HOW TO MAKE PROTECTIVE FACE-MASKS: After further research on homemade masks and finding a pattern that will work with the equipment we have on hand, MDH released a sewing pattern for the general public to use. For those interested in making protective face masks, go to www.MDH.org/COVID19 and click on the Homemade Face masks link.
People can deliver any homemade masks directly to the McDonough County Health Department at 505 E. Jackson Street in Macomb. MDH thanks everyone for their support.