ILBA INFORMATIONAL UPDATE APRIL 30, 2020
COVID19 Disruption Thursday, April 30, 2020
Illinois Liquor Control Commission – Returns for Wine and Spirits:
On Monday, 4/27/20 The Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission withdrew the language that presumed COVID19 cases occurred during the employment and was caused by their employment. Upon returning to session in Springfield, the General Assembly may consider revisions to this policy.
Federal Re-Opening Guidelines:
- White House – Expanded Guidance on Reopening – The White House is reviewing expanded guidance on reopening businesses as more states prepare to relax restrictions. The Washington Post reports:
- “The 17-page guidance lists recommendations for each of six settings. It says all decisions should be made locally in collaboration with local health officials. An accompanying set of documents provides one-page checklists to help state and local health officials make decisions.”
- “In the guidance for restaurants and bars (pages 12-14), the recommendations for the second and third phases include asking facilities to consider avoiding offering self-serve food, including buffets, salad bars and drink stations.”
- “The recommendations for all three phases include:
- Consider assigning vulnerable workers duties that minimize contact with customers, such as managing inventory rather than working as a cashier.
- Avoid using or sharing items such as menus and condiments and use disposable or digital menus and single-serving condiments.
- Consider installing physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, at cash registers or other areas where maintaining a physical distance of six feet is difficult.
- Consider conducting daily employee health checks, including temperature and symptom screening. Implement a flexible sick leave policy, if feasible.”
Governor Pritzker’s Latest Executive Order – Effective May 1, 2020:
Challenge to Governor Pritzker’s Extended Stay-At-Home Executive Order:
A judge ruled in favor of State Rep. Darren Bailey who sued Gov. Pritzker for extending the executive order telling residents to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Illinois Attorney General plans to appeal the ruling. Additionally, State Rep. John Cabello, and an evangelical church in northwest Illinois, in separate law suits, challenge that Gov. Pritzker does not have the authority to extend an executive order beyond 30 days.
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Allows Size-Eligible Gaming Entities Participation:
- Part III.2.b. of the Third PPP Interim Final Rule (85 FR 21747, 21751) is revised to as follows:
Are businesses that receive revenue from legal gaming eligible for a PPP Loan? A business that is otherwise eligible for a PPP Loan is not rendered ineligible due to its receipt of legal gaming revenues, and 13 CFR 120.110(g) is inapplicable to PPP loans. Businesses that received illegal gaming revenue remain categorically ineligible. On further consideration, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary, believes this approach is more consistent with the policy aim of making PPP loans available to a broad segment of U.S. businesses.
Online Training During COVID19 Shut-Down:
Online training is available on the ILBA website www.ilba.net. Basset, Food Handler, Food Allergen, and Sexual Harassment courses are available at a discount for ILBA Members. Call the ILBA office at 217-523-3232 if you need your ILBA member log-in information to receive the discount. Make wise use of your down time with training.
Daniel D. Clausner,
Illinois Licensed Beverage Association