Governor JB Pritzker announced plans today to move forward into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Public Health Plan, which permits gyms, theaters, museums and indoor dining to reopen with limited capacity restrictions this Friday, June 26th. Unlike previous phase transitions, the city's Reopening Chicago Plan coincides with the State’s plan and will also happen this Friday.
This graduation to Phase 4 is welcome news for many residents and business owners, including myself. As Mayor Lightfoot said during today’s press conference, we are progressing into Phase 4 specifically because so many of us have been carefully following safety guidelines set forth by our Public Health Departments. That said, all of the progress made thus far can be erased if we do not continue to take the proper precautions. It is imperative that we continue to wear face coverings in public, socially distance, frequently wash our hands, and stay home if we’re not feeling well - all to prevent the spread of further infection. This will enable Chicago and Illinois to continue on the road to recovery.
Aside from the reopening news, the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced updated grant program applications for businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. These include the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program and the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Distressed Capital Program, both of which will open this week.
In this newsletter, you will find the most recent reports on the state of the district, including overviews of the city's and state's reopening plans, guidance on reopening for businesses from DCEO, updates on Chicago's “Together Now” Fund, and the most recent report from the Governor's Office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit coronavirus.illinois.gov. Also be sure to follow my office on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent news and updates as we receive them.
Wishing you and your loved ones health and peace.
Yours in service,
State Representative, 12th District