COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information
The Village of Huntley has compiled a list of resources and important information for businesses in the Huntley area including loan and grant options. This page will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back often.  Follow HuntleyFirst on LinkedIn for additional resources and information. 

Concerns about Businesses and COVID related guidelines? 
- For businesses located south of Kreutzer Road, please contact the Kane County Health Department with any concerns or questions.
Ph: (630) 208-3801
Email: CovidConcerns@co.kane.il.us
Website:  www.kanehealth.com

- For businesses located north of Kreutzer Road, please contact the McHenry County Department of Health with any concerns or questions.
Ph: (815) 334-4510
Website: www.mcdh.info

Vaccination Updates: The Kane County and McHenry County Health Departments have established webpages to provide timely COVID-19 vaccination information.
Kane County residents: To receive updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, please visit and sign up for updates at https://www.kanehealth.com/Pages/COVID-Vaccine.aspx

McHenry County residents: The McHenry County Department of Health is requesting that residents that qualify for Phase 1B and 1C enroll for their vaccine online. Vaccine enrollment will help MCDH determine vaccine needs for eligible groups. You may also sign up to receive updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution on the same webpage. https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/.../covid-19.../vaccine


"Restore Illinois" a five-phase plan
EFFECTIVE 1/18/2021, MCHENRY COUNTY (REGION 9) AND KANE COUNTY (REGION 8)
WILL FOLLOW 
TIER 2 RESURGENCE MITIGATIONS.

JANUARY 22 -

In the coming weeks, DCEO, Small Business Development Centers and community navigators will host more than 100 webinars to assist small businesses. Webinars will cover technical assistance and questions related to the PPP application, as well as provide informational resources for businesses seeking assistance on EIDL, and upcoming EIDL Advance loan and SVO grant programs.  For a list of upcoming webinars, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity website.

JANUARY 18 -

Today it was announced that Region 8 and 9 will be operating Under Phase 4 Guidelines with Tier 2 Resurgence Mitigations. McHenry County is part of Region 9, Kane County is part of Region 8.  The Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria for all regions may be viewed on the IDPH website here. Youth and Adult Recreational Sport guidance may be viewed here.

january 15 -

An overview of mitigations currently in effect, as well as an overview of guidelines for operating in Mitigation Tiers 1 through 3, can be found via this link.  McHenry County is part of Region 9, Kane County is part of Region 8.  Both regions are currently in Tier 3 Mitigation. The Illinois Regional COVID-19 Resurgence Criteria for all regions may be viewed on the IDPH website here.
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january 11 -

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program resumes January 11, 2021. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met and the funds are used for eligible expenses. 
How To Apply:  You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.  Contact your lender for details. For additional information on the program, visit the SBA PPP page

january 8 -
Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide declaration through Saturday, February 6, 2021. Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2021-01 to extend the Tier 3 enhanced mitigations.

december 10 -
Attention Business Owners: The BIG Application Deadline is December 15, 2020. Don’t Wait to Apply!
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is informing small businesses and communities that the application period for the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program will close at 5pm on Tuesday, December 15.  DCEO and its grant administration and outreach partners are reminding small business owners to get their application in if they haven’t already. Applying is easy, and DCEO along with its grant administrators Accion and WBDC have developed a menu of resources and technical assistance to help small businesses in need qualify for grants. Resources and more info are available here: https://www2.illinois.gov/.../C19DisadvantagedBusGrants.aspx

november 20 -
Beginning Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:01am all Illinois regions will be operating under the Restore Illinois Phase 4 Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation plan.
Details of the plan may be viewed here, additional information may be found on the Tier 3 Mitigation FAQ .
tier 3 graphic

november 13 -

Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide declaration through Saturday, December 12. Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-71 to extend all Phase 4 orders.

november 11 -
The Governor’s Office and IDPH  announced that Region 8 (which includes Kane County) has activated the state’s Tier 2 enhanced mitigations, effective Wednesday, November 11.
Tier 2 Resurgence Mitigations  - effective 11/11/2020 for Region 8, which includes Kane County
Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations - currently in effect for Region 9 (McHenry County)

NOVEMBER 3 INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES -
Are you familiar with the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program that aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses? $175M in grants are still available in Round 2! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. To learn more about the BIG program, and to apply, visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/.../c19disadvantagedbusgrants.aspx
Join a BIG Technical Assistance session covering the BIG application and questions about the program. This session will be presented by Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) tomorrow – Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am �ž������������������������ Register here: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php...
Restaurant and Bar owners - join the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) this Friday, November 6 at 1 pm for an overview and Q&A on the BIG Program. This 1-hour webinar is specifically tailored to the hospitality businesses. Register here �ž������������������������ https://bit.ly/3l55eJn
Of special attention to small businesses who have a Paycheck Protection Program loan of $50,000 or less - Friday join U.S. Small Business Administration's Stephen Konkle as he discusses how PPP loans of $50,000 or less can be forgiven. Friday, November 6 at 10:00 am �ž������������������������ Register here: https://bit.ly/2TE3WZA

OCTOBER 31 -

The Governor’s Office and IDPH have announced that Tier 1 enhanced mitigation measures go into effect Saturday, October 31 for Region 9 which includes McHenry County. More information about the mitigation efforts is available here.
A map designating each region, as well as the current status of each region, is available via this link: http://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=9

OCTOBER 23 -
The Governor’s Office and IDPH have announced that Tier 1 enhanced mitigation measures go into effect today, Friday, October 23, for Region 8 which includes Kane County. More information about the mitigation efforts is available here.
A map designating each region, as well as the status of each region, is available via this link: http://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=8
Enhanced mitigations will be in effect in a region until that region is able to reduce its seven-day rolling average test positivity rate to or below 6.5% for three consecutive days. When a region is at or below the 6.5% sustained positivity rate target for three consecutive days, the region will be allowed to return to regular Phase 4 guidelines without enhanced mitigations.
IDPH has highlighted that the state’s Guidelines for Youth and Adult Recreation Sports (https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/introduction), which went into effect on August 15, still apply and are not affected by the enhanced mitigations.

 
OCTOBER 16 -
Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide declaration through Saturday, November 14. 
Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-59 to extend all Phase 4 orders.

september 18 -
Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation (available via this linkextending the statewide declaration through Saturday, October 17. Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-55 (available via this link) to extend all Phase 4 orders.

AUGUST 19 -

The State of Illinois today announced revised guidelines for restaurants and bar establishments statewide to operate safely and help prevent the spread of covid-19. New guidelines go into effect Wednesday, August 26th and will require face coverings to be worn both in indoor and outdoor dining settings in all eleven regions in the state. Full guidelines may be found on the department of commerce and economic opportunity (DCEO) website.

AUGUST 18 - 
In recent days, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings.
In summary, this ruling states that any business, service, facility, or organization shall take reasonable steps:
• to require employees, customers, and other individuals on the premises to wear a face covering
• to comply with group gathering size recommendations
Additional details, including links to the Emergency Rule and Governor's Press Release, are available on the Village website at https://huntley.il.us/news_detail_T17_R230.php
 
july 24 -
Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide declaration through Saturday, August 22. Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-48 to extend all Phase 4 orders. All regions of the state remain in Phase 4 (Revitalization) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. For a region of the state to move into Phase 5 (Illinois Restored) a vaccine or effective treatment must be made available or the state must have seen an elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.
All Phase 4 guidelines are available on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) COVID-19 website via this link. DCEO is available to assist with inquiries regarding the Phase 4 guidelines by phone at (800) 252-2923 or by email at ceo.support@illinois.gov.  
Mitigation Plan FAQ's may be viewed here


JULY 15 -
Today, Governor JB Pritzker hosted a COVID-19 press briefing update highlighting a new mitigation plan to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. The Governor’s mitigation plan is available via this link. During his press briefing, the Governor announced that the state would be modifying its regional boundaries to largely follow IDPH’s 11 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions. The Governor’s press release announcing today’s changes is available via this link.  Mitigation Plan FAQ's may be viewed here.

JUNE 26 - ALL REGIONS ENTER PHASE 4 OF THE "RESTORE ILLINOIS" PLAN
Press Release announcing all regions move to Phase 4 effective June 26
With the entire state entering Phase 4 today, Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, July 25, 2020.  Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-43 , which supersedes the previous order to reflect the changes in Phase 4. Governor Pritzker also signed Executive Order 2020-44 extending previous executive orders. 

PHASE 4 FAQ's FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has provided Phase 4 guidelines for businesses These guidelines are intended to prepare businesses, employers and employees to implement new safety measures for reopening and returning to work.  Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. The guidelines may be viewed via the following link,  Phase 4 Guidelines.

May 29 - phase 3 (recovery) of the "restore illinois" plan
With the whole state entering Phase 3, Governor JB Pritzker announced an end to his Stay at Home Order. The Governor signed a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, June 27, 2020.  Additionally, the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-38, called the Community Recovery Order, which supersedes the previous Stay at Home Order to reflect the changes allowed in Phase 3.  The Governor also signed Executive Order 2020-39 extending previous executive orders. 

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has provided guidelines for businesses that are allowed to re-open under Phase 3These guidelines are intended to prepare businesses, employers and employees to implement new safety measures for reopening and returning to work.  Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. The guidelines may be viewed via this link.
If you have read the industry safety guidelines above and have other specific questions or comments about how Phase 3 affects your business or employees, DCEO offers direct support via their Business Hotline Monday through Friday at 1-800-252-2923, or email at: ceo.support@illinois.gov.  Additional information regarding the Restore Illinois plan may be found here.
Please be respectful of the guidelines in place for Phase 3 which continue to include social distancing parameters, face covering requirements, etc. 

MAY 5 - THE "RESTORE ILLINOIS" PLAN is announced
On May 5, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of “Restore Illinois,” a five-phase plan to safely reopen the state’s economy. The five phases are: Rapid Spread, Flattening, Recovery, Revitalization and Illinois Restored. The five-phase plan is guided by public health metrics designed to provide a framework for reopening businesses, education and recreational activities in each phase. The Governor indicated that this initial plan can and will be updated as research and science develop and as effective treatments or vaccines are realized.
→More information about the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan is available in his press release via this link
→The Governor’s full “Restore Illinois” plan is available via this link
→Restore Illinois FAQ's

Do you have questions regarding essential and non-essential businesses? Please visit DCEO’s website www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/EssentialBusiness.aspx or contact DCEO at 1-800-252-2923 or via email CEO.support@illinois.gov.


A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR SASS, MAY 12, 2020
We are eager to move forward and safely re-open our local economy.  To that end, we have worked collectively with the other municipalities in McHenry County and McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks to ask the Governor to re-consider the inclusion of McHenry County within the Northeast Health Region, which includes Cook County, and to move us into another region.  This would allow progressing through the Governor’s recovery phases on a quicker pace.  This effort has involved putting together a plan for safely re-opening businesses in Huntley and throughout the county.  We thank you for supporting our local businesses and encourage everyone to continue to do so.  
Please review the following for additional details:
Press Release
Letter from Leaders of McHenry County


covid-19 related loan and grant options

A number of new programs, including loans and grants, have been put in place in response to COVID-19. The following information is meant to be a helpful starting point as you evaluate options for your business.  Due to the evolving nature of these programs, it is recommended that you visit the source for the must current information. This list will be updated often with a goal of providing a comprehensive list of options, but may not be inclusive of all available options. 

SBA LOAN PROGRAMS
Learn about the various programs offered by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus (COVID-19) in this helpful guide Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
SBA Loan Programs include:

  • Paycheck Protection Program:  Notice: Paycheck Protection Program has resumed as of January 11, 2021. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met and the funds are used for eligible expenses.  How To Apply:  You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.  Contact your lender for details. For additional information on the program, visit the SBA PPP page. Contact the local Small Business Development Center or other local assistance providers that provide free assistance and may assist in guiding you to lenders.   
    →PPP Loan Forgiveness: View and download information including the EZ Forgiveness Application and Full Forgiveness Application forms here.
DCEO will be hosting webinars to learn more about the PPP. Upcoming webinars and registration links are below: 
  • SBA Express Bridge Loan: Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. Application and processing of this loan is through a SBA Preferred Lender - Find an Express Bridge Loan Lender by connecting with your local SBA District Office
  • SBA Debt Relief: For six months, the SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest and fees on current qualified loans and new qualified loans issued before Sept. 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans. 
  • The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program: Established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.  Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
    Eligible entities include:
    -Live venue operators or promoters
    -Theatrical producers
    -Live performing arts organization operators
    -Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
    -Motion picture theater operators
    -Talent representatives, and
    -Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

additional loan and grant programs to explore
  • Main Street Loan Program - As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. Among other eligibility criteria, an eligible business must have no more than 15,000 employees or 2019 annual revenues of no more than $5 billion. Applications are handled by an eligible lender (U.S. federally-insured depository institutions ((including banks, savings associations, and credit unions)) as well as any U.S. branch or affiliate of a foreign bank.) This is a non-forgivable loan. Loan amounts are between $250,000 and $35 million.
  • Go Fund Me - Small Business Relief InitiativeSmall businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis can sign up on GoFundMe to start a fundraiser to benefit their small business. If a small business raises $500 on their GoFundMe and meets eligibility criteria listed below, they may be considered to receive a $500 matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund
  • Hospitality Emergency Grant Program - The application window has closed. Grant winners will be contacted directly by Accion. Bars and restaurants with a valid license to serve food or liquor and who generated revenues of less than $1 million in 2019 are eligible for grants between $10,000-$50,000 based on stated revenue thresholds.  
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program - Applications are no longer being accepted at this time. Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.
  • The Red Backpack Fund -  Applications are no longer being accepted at this time. The Red Backpack Fund is an initiative started by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation. The foundation donated $5 million to GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. 
  • Business for All Grant or COVID-19 Emergency Grant -  As of November 10, 2020, the Business for All Grant application has officially closed. Business for All is a national movement to lift up 100,000 small business owners to receive funding and mentorship. By completing the application below, you’re eligible to receive up to $50,000 in grant funding. 

Additional Resources

FOR BUSINESS:

FOR THE  COMMUNITY:

Vaccination Updates:
Kane County residents: To receive updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, please visit and sign up for updates at https://www.kanehealth.com/Pages/COVID-Vaccine.aspx . For questions about the COVID Vaccine, contact the Kane County Health Department at
COVIDVaccine@co.kane.il.us

McHenry County residents: To receive updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, please visit and sign up for MCDH e-notifications. Instructions on how to sign up and other frequently asked questions about the vaccine are available on MCDH's COVID-19 Vaccine page .

tips
In this time of ongoing change, it is critical that your customers are informed. Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc), Websites and Email blasts are all helpful tools that can quickly communicate changes:
  • Are you open or closed?
  • Have your hours changed? Or, are you available by appointment only?
  • How have your delivery and/or pick-up procedures been modified?
  • How have your cleaning, check-out, store setup and/or other procedures changed due to COVID-19? 
  • Do you have any specials/promotions?
  • Do you stock a hard to find item? 

SUPPORT LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL:
shop huntley
VISIT the SHOP HUNTLEY page to view a variety of businesses offering services, supplies, shopping and dining options within the Village of Huntley. Please consider shopping local for your needs, our businesses appreciate your support.
Shop. Eat. Play. Huntley!


Huntley Businesses Step Up… a shout out to Huntley businesses helping the cause

Do you know of a Huntley business who has stepped up to help the cause during this pandemic?
Tell us about it. Please email mstocker@huntley.il.us We’d love to hear about it!
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huntley businesses step up Life Spine
H.S. Crocker
Huntley steps up - Culvers