We have all sacrificed to help stop the spread and flatten the curve. With the gradual reopening, our numbers are understandably creeping up. Now is NOT the time to let our guard down. Wearing masks and practicing social distancing is still required. We can handle that, and we must if we want to see Phase 5. For updated COVID-19 information, please visit the websites below.
Governor Pritzker has authorized Illinois to begin following Phase 4 Guidelines. Health and fitness providers, day camps, film production, museums, and others are among the industries with new guidelines.
Some of the minimum guidelines that are uniform across all businesses, industries, and nonprofits within the state include:
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides for free COVID-19 testing and related office visits for those who need it, including reimbursement for the uninsured. There are a number of requirements so check with your provider for details.
The CDC has provided some simple patterns for those who want to make their own cloth face covering. Make sure you wash your hands after removing your face covering, and wash your covering after each use.
Cook County’s Bureau of Economic Development has launched The Community Recovery Fund as part of the Community Recovery Initiative. This loan fund offers one-time, zero-interest loans of up to $20,000 for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by a network of community lenders.
To apply, businesses and independent contractors in suburban Cook County must meet these requirements:
To learn more about the initiative and sign up for updates for when the application period opens,
The LGBTQ+ community has been historically undercounted . Show your #Pride and take the Census now!
The Census Bureau will persist in its efforts to get everyone counted. That means you. The census does not care about citizenship. It is just a headcount to determine how to distribute $675 billion.
The Phase 4 guidelines at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County are many and varied. It is best to identify your area of interest and check the forest preserve map below indicating what is open and when. Note especially the parking availability and capacity limits.
Here are a few key updates:
Brookfield Zoo begins a limited reopening (all indoor spaces remain closed) with new guidelines, including reserved timed entry and parking. No tickets will be sold on site. Food, beverage, and gift shop transactions must be via credit/debit card.
For members only: July 1-7
For all: Beginning July 8
Cook County is responsible for providing essential services in the areas of public safety, public health, the court system, elections, tax assessment and appeals, recording deeds, and managing forest preserves. As an independent-minded member of the Board, I have worked hard to combine fiscal responsibility with social awareness. I am honored to serve the people of the 9th district, which includes: portions of the far northwest side of Chicago; Park Ridge, River Forest, Elmwood Park, Harwood Heights, Mount Prospect, Norridge, River Grove, Rosemont, and Schiller Park; portions of Arlington Heights, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Niles, and Prospect Heights; and unincorporated Norwood Park, Maine, and Wheeling Townships.
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