On April 23rd, Governor Pritzker extended the issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 until May 30, 2020. The executive order requires that all individuals wear a face covering or a mask when in a public setting where they are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance. Those face coverings will be required in areas such as stores and applies to all individuals over the age of 2 “who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or mask.”
Retail stores, under the new order, are still considered nonessential businesses but are allowed to reopen for telephone and online orders through pickup outside the store and delivery.
The order also designates several new essential businesses, including greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries, as well as animal grooming services — which are all required to follow social distancing and enforce the use of face coverings.
The order also states that essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face coverings to all employees, as well as follow new social distancing guidelines that include occupancy limits and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.
We ENCOURAGE the community to continue supporting local businesses during this time of uncertainty. Public health crises affect all businesses, particularly the hospitality industry. There is no better time than the present to #ShopLocal and be #StrongTogether.
We will update this page with important information as it comes available.
PLEASE NOTE: As of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health has reported 1,117 cases of COVID-19 in our county and 83 deaths. For the most up-to-date public health information, please follow the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency on Facebook. You can also check the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website for current information.
As the threat of COVID-19 continues to spread to our communities, it is important for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to take the appropriate precautions outlined by local and national public health organizations.
As of now, all Belleville Chamber in-person events are canceled through June 30. All purchased tickets, reservations and sponsorships will be honored when new dates are announced, and a separate communication will be made if refunds need to be applied.
For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus and updates, we encourage you to visit the following trusted resources:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- IL Dept of Public Health (IDPH)
- IL Dept of Employment Security (IDES)
** Are you having issues filing for unemployment? IDES is Taking Steps to Address Unprecedented Volume of Unemployment Claims
- Office of the Illinois Secretary of State (From June 1 through July 31, facilities will focus on serving ONLY new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and vehicle transactions.)
- State of Illinois Coronavirus Response
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- City of Belleville
- St. Clair County Health Dept.
- Belleville News-Democrat
Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Illinois Phase 5 Plan (May 5, 2020)
The filing deadline for Illinois income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
FFCRA for Employers related to COVID-19 Webinar Recording (New Labor Laws via Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C.; April 24, 2020) Access Password: 7V+4B60h
How to Run a Zoom Meeting Webinar (Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce/Techknow Solutions)
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Business Digital Resource Center (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Business Digital Resources Center Toolkit (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
“Return to Work: Critical Information for Employers as Employees Come Back to the Workplace” Webinar Recording (Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale, P.C.) **Available for a limited time to download as of May 4.
Community Organizations & Non-Profit Specific Resources
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service’s (DHSS) COVID-19 also has a statewide public hotline and website to provide citizens and providers guidance regarding COVID-19.