Among the small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic shutdown, local salons and spas are anxious to open their doors and welcome back customers as Illinois enters Phase 3. Preparing for that event requires revamping many of the traditional elements of their operations, from the number of appointments they can manage to the setup of their waiting areas.
As Illinois moves closer to reaching Phase 3 of its COVID-19 recovery plan on May 29, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released an online Business Toolkit to help businesses prepare for and execute a safe reopening plan.
Since March, Chamber members have implemented dramatic changes to remain operational. For some, the emergency has created new opportunities and strategies that may become permanent. Here is how just a few of our members are working through these challenging times.
Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum responded to questions from the Chamber about the impact of the pandemic on Village life and policies. She will share more insights and answers your questions in a Zoom conversation with members on Wednesday, May 13.
The pandemic and stay-at-home orders have had a devastating impact on a wide variety of groups and institutions in our community. Fortunately, Chamber members have actively looked for ways to help each other and the community at large.
Some Businesses, Recreational Opportunities Allowed More Flexibility
Governor J.B. Pritzker has published an extended shelter-in-place order effective on May 1, with a variety of adaptations impacting local businesses and residents. Although restrictions on social distancing continue and a new statewide face mask requirement is introduced, the order will open the door for limited medical, retail, and recreational options. Read the full text of the order here.
A letter from Chamber President Tensley Garris
Like all of you, the Chamber has had to adapt rapidly to the unprecedented conditions of the last several weeks. Our team has transitioned to working remotely, where we’ve ramped up our efforts to provide timely, vital information to members by phone, email and social media.
The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has made some funds available for your local WorkNet offices throughout Illinois to prevent essential, small businesses from laying off or furloughing employees.
Artists of the Industry offers Virtual and Augmented reality platforms as well as digital immersive broadcast solutions, with the ability to live stream events in real time or rebroadcasts through streaming platforms and social media.
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this April, Northbrook and other communities are filled with ideas to help families live greener lives.