On Wednesday, May 20th, Governor Pritzker announced that bars and restaurants may open for outdoor seating starting on May 29th, as Illinois moves ahead into Phase 3 of the reopening plan. Businesses, bars, and restaurants must adhere to the Restore Illinois Safety Guidelines that can be found HERE.
On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker announced the state’s phased reopening plan. The state is currently in Phase Two of the plan, which lays out five different phases of reopening amid the pandemic. The earliest Phase Three can begin is May 29th. It isn’t until Phase Four, “Revitalization,” that Restaurants and bars may reopen to patrons, with capacity limits in place. Learn more HERE.
On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker extends the stay-at-home order from April 30th to May 30th, with several modifications. This includes:
President Donald Trump announced on Sunday, March 29, that all US citizens must avoid nonessential travel or gathering in groups of more than 10 until at least April 30.
The Illinois Gaming Board has suspended all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming establishments and suspended gambling operations at all casinos until at least April 30, 2020 due to COVID-19.
The IGB recognizes the hardships caused by the pandemic and is attempting to alleviate some of that burden.
License Renewal Fees that were due on or before March 31, 2020 are now due 10 business days after the IGB resumes statewide Video Gaming Operation.
The IGB has suspended billing through at least April 8, 2020.
For those that prefer to continue making payments at this time, those payments can still be made online. The IGB advises that payments made during this period will help ease the administrative burden and reduce delays once operations resume.
View the full notice released by the IGB on March 25, 2020 HERE.
State Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These include:
Hospitality Emergency Grant Program
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
The US Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters, such as the formal disaster proclamation made by Illinois’ Governor Pritzker on March 9. In response to COVID-19, small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
For more information, and to learn how to apply, click HERE.
On Friday, March 27, President Donald Trump signed into law a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at helping workers, small businesses, and other industries struggling with the economic devastation caused by COVID-19. Here are some of the highlights:
Direct Payments to Individuals
Student Loan Payments Suspended
Boost for Unemployment Benefits
Protection Against Foreclosures and Evictions
Together, we are confident that our industry will get through these trying times. We are pleased that so many of our locations are able to offer curbside and delivery options during this time. If there are any status or service errors listed HERE, please email us NOW so that we can revise immediately.
In the meantime, we will continue to do our best to encourage our followers to support their local businesses! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, Awesome Hand Gaming will remain vigilant and update our partners accordingly.