COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Restore Illinois Phase Three Business Re-opening Guidelines

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place. 

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed a business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. The full plan is available here along with printable signage and  industry-specific toolkits.

Business Re-opening Guidelines

Information for Business Owners

ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Illinois is seeking an economic injury disaster declaration from the Small Business Administration but the application requires data from every county. If your business has been affected by COVID-19, please complete the survey below:

The DBR Chamber of Commerce is hosting webinars for businesses and virtual networking meetings. For a full listing, visit

UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)

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NEW - Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit 

Illinois Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration Resources for Coronavirus

SBA to Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus with Disaster Assistance Loans

SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Application

Illinois Department of Commerce

Information on Essential Businesses and Operations

Essential Business Flow Chart