This webpage contains information about the available local, state, and federal resources for business and employees affected by COVID-19. For the most current information, Northalsted recommends monitoring updates from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
For information on the virus itself and its symptoms, visit WHO’s Q&A page for an accurate understanding.
The City of Chicago has partnered with Zocdoc, the leader in online healthcare scheduling, to streamline Chicagoans access to COVID-19 vaccines. Chicagoans are encouraged to seek a vaccine appointment first with their primary care providers, if they have one, and also through local pharmacies or their employers, if available. But the Zocdoc Vaccine Scheduler will serve as the City’s main platform for eligible Chicagoans who otherwise might have difficulty finding and accessing a vaccine.
The U.S. Chamber has compiled Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. We continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. Provided is a toolkit that businesses can use for their social media.
Access the State & Local Government Policy Tracker here.
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus). This webpage has consistently updating information regarding:
The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has resources and information available for businesses, consumers, and employees impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. BACP is working closely with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to keep our communities updated on guidance for those affected by the crisis. Both linked pages will be constantly updated as the pandemic continues.
Find a Testing Location near you using the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Testing Tracker.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
If you need a COVID-19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.
Chicago is currently in Phase 5.
While capacity limits and social distancing requirements at most businesses have been lifted, masks are required in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
Effective January 3, 2022, any individual 5 years of age or older will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors, visit gyms, or enjoy entertainment venues where food or drink are being served.
See more at Chicago’s COVID-19 Homepage.
This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, COVID-19.
View specific workplace guidance and orders here.
The Small Business Administration is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business. It provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. It is a key resources for businesses who are in need of economic support in times of crisis.
On March 18, 2020, Illinois was declared a disaster area for COVID-19. You may be eligible to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). These loans range from $500 to $2 million at a fixed 3.75% interest rate over a maximum payback of 30 years. Each application’s terms are decided on a case-by-case basis. So, you are likely eligible to apply if you have suffered substantial economic injury and are one of the following types of businesses:
Apply for a loan here.
Community development grants up to $5 million each are available through the Chicago Recovery Plan’s ambitious strategy for equitable economic recovery and support for thriving and safe communities.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first deadlines coming on Monday, Jan. 31 and Thursday, March 10.
The Small Business Relief Fund will provide one-time matching grants to qualifying small businesses to help alleviate the financial burdens during these pressing times. Donations to the relief fund will be paid out as one-time $500 grants to businesses that qualify, and which businesses have created a fundraiser through the Small Business Relief Initiative or had an existing GoFundMe.
For small business fundraisers started prior to March 24, or outside of the Small Business Relief Initiative partnerships, the organizer can update their fundraiser description with the hashtag #SmallBusinessRelief to be considered for a grant from this fund.
Create a Small Business Fundraiser here.
See more information here.
Northalsted Business Alliance is the chamber of commerce working to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in our district through programming, services, and events that celebrate our LGBTQ+ history, promote tourism and foster a welcoming, safe community for all.