CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE – 3/16/2020
The ILBA continues to communicate with the Governor’s Office, Illinois Liquor Control Commission, Illinois Gaming Board, Illinois State Police, Public Health Departments and Illinois Legislators to address concerns with regard to the mandated shutdown and provide the latest information to keep you informed. The CDC has indicated that the best manner to protect the public from further virus spread is to practice social distancing (6 ft separation), avoid crowding, report illness, and practice good hygiene. The CDC has recommended crowds of no more than 50 for a period of 8 weeks, suggesting the current ban may last much longer than planned. COVID 19 updates are available at the CDC website www.cdc.gov and from the Illinois Department of Public Health at www.dphillinois.gov/covid19
ON -PREMISE BARS & RESTAURANTS MUST BE CLOSED AT 9PM 3/16/2020:
The State has now confirmed that all Bars, Restaurants, Café’s, Bowling Alleys, Clubs and liquor pouring establishments must close at 9:00pm today 3/16/2020 for a period of 14 days regardless of what time your business normally closes.
VIDEO GAMING WILL BE SHUT DOWN AT 9PM 3/16/2020:
The Illinois Gaming Board has ordered the suspension of all video gaming operations effective 9pm tonight. Please note that this shut down applies to ALL video gaming establishments, including truck stops, gaming café’s, c-stores and other specialty locations. The shutdown will be accomplished through Scientific Games. It is recommended that you do not turn off your machines, it may affect downloads and your normal return to business when the time is appropriate.
IDES WILL ASSIST EMPLOYEES WITH UNEMPLOYMENT
The Illinois Department of Employment Security will assist employees with out of work benefits. They have a special notice regarding the Coronavirus. More information is available at: www.ides.illinois.gov or see helpful list of FAQs
FEDERAL ASSISTANCE COMING
The House passed HR6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This act needs to be passed by the Senate and provides tax breaks for employers offering paid sick leave for their employees.
Here’s what is allowed:
- Drive-thru’s, delivery and curbside pickup is allowed.
Additional clarification will be coming.
- Package stores may operate as normal.
Changes effecting our businesses are happening rapidly and we will keep you up to date as quickly as we can. We will continue to communicate with our industry partners, state and local officials and governmental agencies to provide guidance to our members and the hospitality industry.
Other information: USBG National Bartenders – www.usbfoundation.org
Small Business Administration (SBA) – www.sba.gov/disaster
It is best to maintain the basics: wash your hands, minimize contact with other people, disinfect your surroundings as frequently as possible, and if you feel ill, stay at home and call your doctor and provide your symptoms.
Thank you and stay well.
Daniel D. Clausner
Executive Director, Illinois Licensed Beverage Association