We are currently in Phase 4 (with mitigation measures).
CURRENT CASES BY ZIP CODE FROM WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPT – CLICK HERE
State Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website – The state has launched a website dedicated to COVID-19 that includes a wide variety of resources. The site also has information on programs for financial assistance for small businesses.
To receive daily updates about COVID-19 from the Illinois Department of Public Health, all Illinoisans with a mobile phone can opt-in HERE
COVID-19 Information for Small Business from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity- DCEO is working diligently to secure access to helpful resources for small businesses throughout the State of Illinois and has compiled helpful links of resources for small businesses. More info here.
Restore Illinois – A Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen our State as Outlined by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Office – Click here to read full document.
COVID-19 Guidance for Mokena Business Operations
The practice of social distancing in indoor public places is a centerpiece of the new executive order, which states that your employees must be supplied with appropriate face coverings and required to wear them where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not possible at all times. At the same time, your store or place of business is categorized as a public place, and as such, your customers are required to wear face coverings while inside it.
As a business owner and/or manager, you may be wondering—in light of Governor Pritzker’s most recent executive order—how best to manage operations and protect the health of your customers and employees over the coming month.
Should you encounter a situation with a customer where he or she is not practicing appropriate social distancing and/or not wearing a face covering, we encourage you to make every attempt to work with that customer to achieve an amicable resolution. Should you be unable to reach such a resolution, you may contact the Mokena Police Department at (708) 479-3911, and an officer will be dispatched to offer assistance.
As a reminder, best practices related to COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
- Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
- Illinois Department of Public Health (https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19)
- Will County Health Department (https://willcountyhealth.org/coronavirus-information/)
Should you have general questions regarding enforcement of the new executive order, contact Mokena Police Chief Steve Vaccaro at (708) 479-3912.
UPDATES REGARDING BUSINESS ASSISTANCE:
Advantage Illinois Loan Program – Offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). This program is offered at the state level for funding and has a rolling application process. More info here.
Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) – The BIG program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. More info can be found here.
CARES Act Funding available through Will County – Will County recently announced it is offering a 2nd round of grants with expanded eligibility criteria for businesses with annual revenue up to $5 million and those that have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees. More info can be found here.
Disaster Loan Assistance from the SBA – Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Retailers. Info from the SBA can be found here.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – This program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they may be currently experiencing. Borrowers can request an emergency advance of $10,000 within 3 days of submitting the application, and do not have to repay the advance should they be denied a loan. More info here.
Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. More info here.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program – A little financial support can go a long way, so Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. More info here.
Health Coverage Options – Alternatives for individuals who have lost coverage amid the Coronavirus. More info here.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – This provides 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment, like independent contractors and sole-proprietors. More information for Governor Pritzker’s Office can be found here.
Paycheck Protection Program – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide $349 billion in loans through the Paycheck Protection Program to small businesses and non-profits. Portions of these loans will be forgiven to the extent that recipients maintain their existing workforce or rehire. Loans can be in amounts up to $10 million, and interest rates are maxed at 4% for portions of the loan that do not qualify for loan forgiveness. More info here.
Small Business Administration 3-Step Disaster Loan Process Sheet can be found here.
Unemployment – File for unemployment on Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website here.
Unemployment Resources – For information regarding benefits related to unemployment, the Illinois Department of Employment Security has a helpful information page. All unemployment claims should be filed online here.
Will County Center for Economic Development – The Will County CED is committed to ensuring that Will County’s business community has the latest information on the impacts of COVID-19 and the resources to help businesses respond. Check back frequently for information related to COVID-19 and other important updates here.
Mokena Strong – Mokena Strong is a volunteer driven organization with a mission to help residents in the community as they navigate this challenging time. Volunteers will do grocery shopping/delivery, pharmacy pick ups, help with technology, etc. If you have another need, just ask! More info can be found at www.mokenastrong.org