COVID-19 Regulations and Resources

Latest Update:

On October 26, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the suspension of all indoor dining service at restaurants and bars starting Wednesday, October 28, as part of the State's enhanced mitigation efforts aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Region 10 (Suburban Cook County). 

Restaurants are to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No indoor dining or bar service 
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11 PM
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting 
  • Reservations are required for each party: no walk-ups are allowed
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table 

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings: 

  • Limit to whichever is less: 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity 

Restaurants will remain open to continue to offer outdoor dining, pick-up, carry-out and delivery services. All patrons and employees should continue to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings in public and in places of business. Visit the State's website for more information about this announcement.

Visit the DCEO website to find current toolkits, guidelines, and COVID-19 information for your business.

Face Coverings

Safety guidelines from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity state that all patrons of food establishments must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when approached and serviced by establishment employees, including but not limited to when employees take patron orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables, whether dining indoor or outdoor. Patrons are also encouraged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when picking up carry out orders. For more information, please visit the DCEO website.

Financial Resources for Businesses

Multiple funding options are offered from the federal and state government and the private sector for small businesses seeking relief.

Federal

State and County

  • Business Interruption Grant (BIG) - Grants available through the State of Illinois offering $220 million to small businesses The second round is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue. 
  • Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance - Grants of $10,000 available to suburban Cook County small businesses with 20 or fewer employees who experienced a financial loss in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

Beware Scams and Fraud Schemes:

With an unprecedented amount of federal funding available through the CARES Act and other expanded programs, scammers and fraudsters are already taking advantage of the pandemic situation. It’s important to be vigilant and careful so you don’t fall victim to these schemes. For example, the SBA will never initiate contact to offer a loan or a grant to a small business. If someone contacts you before you’ve ever applied with the SBA, suspect fraud.

In addition, all of the SBA’s loan applications are completely free, so you should never pay an application fee for an SBA loan. Be sure to check the interest rate as published by the SBA, too, because many fraudsters will attempt to add interest to your loan. You can ensure that you’ll avoid these scams if you apply directly with the SBA or through a trusted, SBA-authorized lender.

  1. Temporary Outdoor Dining Policy
  2. Fire Safety for Outdoor structures
  3. Reopening Signage
  4. Training Checklists
  5. Promoting your Business
  6. Additional Resources

The Village of Winnetka created temporary outdoor dining policy that provides guidance for Winnetka restaurants and other food service establishments licensed to serve food, beverages, and liquor for on-site consumption during Phase 4 of the State of Illinois Restore Illinois response to COVID-19. Please note: Phase 4 limits dining to parties of 10 persons or fewer. Email Brian Norkus, Assistant Director of Community Development Department or call him at 847-716-3526 with any questions.