It’s no longer “business as usual”—the coronavirus has disrupted many of our jobs, social lives and daily routines. It may seem frustrating, but right now, the most important thing is to stay home as much as possible. According to our leaders and health experts, social distancing could help slow the spread of the virus, protect our most vulnerable citizens and reduce stress on our health care system.

Since the first cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker has been offering daily updates on some of the measures to ensure minimal spreading of the coronavirus.The governor has launched a new website putting all relevant information in one place: coronavirus.illinois.gov. As always, the Illinois Department of Public Healthwill continue to provide updates on the status of the outbreak.

Remember: Transmission doesn’t discriminate. Regardless of your health or age, it is vital that we take the proper precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.For the sake of the health and safety of everyone in our communities, we must all do our part to help contain the virus.

Schools

  • The Illinois State Board of Education is working to provide meals every day to all students, no questions asked. Grab-and-go meals are available statewide for students who need them, and some schools are even offering delivery. Contact your child’s school district for more information.

Restaurants & Businesses

  • Despite school and restaurant closures, Gov. Pritzker assures that essential services—including pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations—will remain open. It’s a good idea to be prepared, but only buy what you really need. Hoarding supplies prevents others from accessing the basics. Experts recommend keeping on hand about what you need for two weeks at a time.
  • All bars and restaurants are closed through March 30. Restaurants will have take-out, drive-thru and delivery options still available.
  • Many grocery stores are offering special shopping hours for seniors. Residents can contact local stores for their specific hours.
  • To provide some relief to local eateries during the coming weeks, Grubhub is suspending commissions and Uber Eats is waiving delivery fees on orders from independent restaurants. Some larger restaurants are offering free delivery. Many delivery services have introduced no- or low-contact delivery options.

Utilities

  • Ameren and ComEd are suspending any disconnections and waiving late payment fees. Other major utility companies, like People’s Gas and Nicor, are suspending disconnections as well.
  • The Illinois Commerce Commission has banned utility service disconnections during the outbreak and has pledged to assess late fees through at least May 1. AT&TComcastSpectrumViasat and others are offering accommodations to those in need of telecom services during the crisis.

Government Services

  • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has extended license expiration dates and continuing education deadlines. Licensees may complete continuing education requirements and other coursework online.
  • The Office of the Illinois Attorney General encourages residents to file a complaintif they notice price gouging on essential items related to the coronavirus outbreak, including hand sanitizer, cleaning products and protective gear.
  • All Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Services facilities are closed to the public through March 31. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration and other transactions will be extended by 30 days. More information and some services are available online.

Economic Assistance

  • The Illinois Department of Employment Security is allowing workers who are unemployed due to COVID-19 to apply for unemployment.
  • The Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance loansfor small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • In an effort to assist eating and drinking establishments impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, effective Thursday, March 19, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is waiving any penalty and interest that would have been imposed on late Sales Tax payments from qualified taxpayers. More information here.

Even as we practice social distancing, we must stick together. Call, text or email friends and family, particularly seniors and immunocompromised individuals, who may feel especially isolated and afraid during this challenging time. Reaching out could save a life.

Continue to check the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website for daily updates. 

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