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.

Phase 5

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.

Find details of Phase 5 here.

Updated August 30, 2021

Masks and Face Coverings

As of August 30, 2021, the state of Illinois has reinstated a mask mandate requiring residents 2 years and older to wear face coverings in indoor settings. While face coverings are not required outdoors, masks are encouraged in crowded outdoor settings like festivals and concerts, as well as for activities that require close contact with people who are not vaccinated.

Additional resources & information

Small Business Assistance

Visit the Elgin Area Chamber and the Downtown Neighborhood Association for a comprehensive list of resources that are available for your business. 

Back to Business Grants

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program is designed to maximize the impact of American Rescue Plan Act funds provided to Illinois. It sets forth $250 Million for businesses that have experienced losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic to support them in their recovery.

The B2B grants will assist with businesses in the hardest hit industries (hotels, salons, fitness centers, restaurants, and more), Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) –economically distressed communities, and businesses who have yet to qualify for state or federal assistance, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), BIG, and more.

Funding available:

  • $250 million to small businesses across the state that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19, including the following set-asides.
  • $100 million – Businesses located in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs). (See DIA Map below)
  • $30 million – Arts and Entertainment businesses that didn’t receive Shuttered Venue Operators grants
  • $25 million – Restaurants and taverns that didn’t receive the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
  • $25 million – Hotels
  • $25 million – Businesses that didn’t receive a BIG grant due to exhaustion of funds

Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 per business (up to $250,000 for hotels) and can be used to cover a wide range of operations/staff/overhead costs

Find more information and the application portal here.  

ComEd's Small Business Assistance Program

As of January 1, 2021, the Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant up to $1,000 towards a past due balance, once every 12 months. 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

More information can be found here. 

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 

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Senior Services Associates, Inc. of Elgin has many programs in place to assist seniors who may need help with food, prescriptions, transportation and more. To contact Senior Services, please call 847-741-0404. 

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.

Useful Links

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.

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