COVID-19 Resources and Information
The City of Elgin is working with its partners at the city, county, state, and federal levels on preparations and precautions regarding the spread of COVID-19 while continuously monitoring the global outbreak. The City will continue to take steps to keep residents and staff healthy, safe, and informed. New information and updates will be posted on our website and on our social media channels.
RESTORE ILLINOIS PLAN
On June 11, 2021, the state of Illinois enters Phase 5 of the "Restore Illinois" reopening plan.
To advance to Phase 5, the state must reach a 50% vaccination rate for residents age 16 and over and meet the same metrics and rates required to enter the transition phase, over an additional 28-day period.
With testing, tracing and treatment widely available throughout the state, all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools, and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures. Conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.
Face Masks or Face Coverings
Face coverings continue to be recommended for unvaccinated persons, as well as all individuals on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation; in transportation hubs, such as airports and train and bus stations; in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities, veterans’ homes, and long-term care facilities, group homes, and residential facilities; and in healthcare settings.
Businesses and venues should continue to allow for social distancing to the extent possible, especially indoors. Businesses and venues may also continue to put in place additional public health mitigations as they deem appropriate, including requiring face coverings.
Additional resources & information
Small Business Assistance
To provide aid for small businesses in Illinois that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the State of Illinois has announced two financial assistance programs for small businesses. To learn more and apply, click here.
Business Interruption Grants (BIG)
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has launched a second round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) which includes:
- $60 million for Heavily Impacted Industries, such as movie theaters, performing arts venues, concert venues, indoor recreation, amusement parks, and more.
- $70 million for Disproportionately Impacted Areas, defined by zip code for communities that are most economically distressed and vulnerable to COVID-19. A map of DIAs is shown below.
- Over $100 million for Downstate Communities
- $5 million for Livestock Production disruptions.
- Loan Forgiveness for Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan recipients Grants will go to businesses that have received loans or remain on the wait list and the program will sunset.
Businesses outside the categories listed above are also eligible to apply and receive funding under the program but may be reviewed later than priority businesses. All businesses will receive a decision on their grant application within four to six weeks of application submission.
Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs as defined in program details.
ComEd's Small Business Assistance Program
As of December 16, 2020, ComEd is accepting applications for assistance that would be applied to a business’ bill in 2021 if they meet all qualifications.
The Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant up to $2,000 towards a past due balance. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months. To apply for the Small Business Assistance Program, please call 1-877-426-6331
Restaurants and Bars
With the state in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, restaurants and bars can return to full capacity. Restaurants and bars may continue offering curbside take-out and delivery sales of alcohol, operate City-approved temporary outdoor seating areas and continue the temporary sales and delivery of "to go" mixed drinks/cocktails.
Those interested in creating an outdoor seating area should view the Quick Guide and FAQs at cityofelgin.org/outdoorseating to determine what is necessary for their business to create a space while complying with state guidelines and providing the City with necessary documents.
Many restaurants and their current service offerings are already listed on the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub, where residents can go for updated and accurate information. Businesses are encouraged to update their service offerings on the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub by completing the form here. If a business is not yet listed on the resource mapping hub, it can be added by completing the signup form here.
Assistance for Seniors
Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Individuals experiencing homelessness can contact the following organizations for help:
PADS of Elgin - 1730 Berkley St., Elgin, IL. 60123. Phone: 847-608-9744. Regular Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 a.m. (24 hour service). PADS provides day and overnight services for individuals in need. They provide a safe place to sleep, meals and showers. Each guest is provided an opportunity to meet with a case worker for assistance and long-term help in housing services, other resources, and outside referrals. COVID-19 Update: If you are in need of shelter, please call 847-608-9744.
Vineyard Church of Elgin - 220 Division St., Elgin, IL. 60120. Phone: 847-697-8001. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Vineyard provides a breakfast meal Monday-Saturday morning’s at 7:00 a.m. COVID-19 Update: Vineyard is serving bagged sandwiches and other foods for takeout. No hot meals.
Elgin Wayside Center - 453 Freemont St., Elgin, IL. 60120. Phone: (847) 695-4405. Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wayside is a daytime shelter that offers meals, laundry services, showers, and individual lockers.
More information about local human services resources can be found in the City of Elgin’s Resource Mapping Hub.
The City of Elgin encourages residents to rely on trustworthy sources, such as the CDC or local and state public health departments, for information and data about COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Site
- Kane County Health Department
- Cook County Department of Public Health
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- Coronavirus Hotline - If you have questions about coronavirus, call or email the state’s 24/7 hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email@example.com