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Safety Update, New IDPH Rules to Enforce Public Health Guidance, Scooters Returning August 12 and more

Dear Neighbor,

I hope you and your loved ones survived the recent storm that hit Chicago unscathed.

The horrible looting of Magnificent Mile and parts of Lincoln Park early this morning is appalling, and I am truly disheartened to see this kind of organized criminal activity damage our small business community, who have already suffered incredible losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While the economic barriers faced by communities of color is an ongoing issue in our city that many policymakers including myself are working to address, looting and robbing business owners of their livelihoods will not be tolerated and the perpetrators of said crimes need to be held accountable for their actions. At this time, please help our businesses recover and support them by reporting any tips or criminal activity to the Chicago Police Department by dialing '9-1-1' or file a report online here. Follow along with the latest safety updates from CPD here.

Last Friday, Governor Pritzker announced new policies that will enable local law enforcement and the Illinois Department of Public Health to enforce updated safety guidance for businesses, schools, and child care establishments concerning the coronavirus pandemic. These measures aim at providing such establishments "multiple opportunities for compliance before any penalty is issued," referring to the state mandate on requiring masks in public spaces and implementing capacity limits for indoor environments. The new regulations come as a response to the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases and a steady increase in the state's 7-day rolling positivity rate, which is currently at 4.1%.

In the same announcement, the governor also cited expanded protections for frontline workers by signing SB 471 into law, which provides retail and service workers authority in enforcing face-covering protocols and social-distancing in places of business. Read the full announcement here, which outlines the public health guidance enforcement and who is covered under the enhanced worker protections.

At the local level, the Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Department of Chicago announced that the city's e-scooter pilot program will be relaunched citywide on Wednesday, August 12th. The program, which had its initial pilot launch last summer, is now expanding to permit scooter usage on all public avenues in the city, including operations on the Lakefront Trail and the 606 Bloomingdale Trail. However, new restrictions with the program include no riding downtown and mandatory locking of scooters to fixed objects at the end of every trip. Continue reading this newsletter for more information on the program or visit chicago.gov/scooters.

In this newsletter, you will find information on the expanded rules and protections for frontline workers, updates on the Chicago e-scooter program, news from Chicago Public Schools on their reopening plan, resources for ComEd customers on financial assistance for utilities, and the state's recent extension on unemployment benefits.

As always, if you have any general questions about services or specific COVID-19 guidelines, feel free to call our office at 773-348-8974; email us at info.staterepyoni@gmail.com; or visit coronavirus.illinois.gov. Also be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent news and updates as we receive them.


Wishing you all the best - please stay safe and healthy.

Yours in service,

 

Yoni Pizer
State Representative, 12th District

IDPH Updated Guidelines for Workers and Businesses

Expanded e-Scooter Program in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools Reopening Plan Update

ComEd Financial Assistance Resources

State Expansion of Unemployment Benefits by 20 Weeks


Illinois extended jobless benefits another 20 weeks as laid off workers continued to struggle with the claims process, including some who say they have to return funds because they were overpaid.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state agency tasked with handling jobless claims, said the extension was available starting last Thursday to people who have gone through 26 weeks of state benefits. Illinois is among 19 states providing 20 weeks of extended benefits, the agency said in a news release.

Click here to read the entire article from the Chicago Tribune.
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