COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Restore Illinois Phase Four Business Re-opening Guidelines

To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. 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.

See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.

Business Re-opening Guidelines

Illinois Department of Public Health

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)

NEW - Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

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