City of Decatur Coronavirus Business Impact Update

Statewide mandate to stay at home is issued by Governor Pritzker on March 20, 2020.  All nonessential business are impacted…
For information about options for screening of staff and visitors, symptoms warranting testing, guidelines for social distancing, medical facts about COVID-19, and other medical and health information, information from the Center for Disease Control or the Illinois Department of Public Health, please contact the Macon County Health Department, St. Mary’s Hospital or Decatur Memorial Hospital.

However, the city of Decatur understands that the coronavirus is more than just a public health emergency; it is also a business interruption emergency. For this reason, until the coronavirus emergency comes to an end, the city of Decatur will use its website to provide information to help businesses and others who have suffered disruption as a result of government-imposed closures and other limitations on business activity.

  1. Concerning closure of restaurants and bars: Generally speaking, the Governor’s declaration allows pick-up, delivery and drop-off of food; so, restaurants that gear-up to do this will mitigate the economic impact of the current 2-week closure order. This means that if an establishment is blatantly serving tables of guests inside, then they are in violation. But we will not micro-manage how establishments run their curbside pick-up, delivery and drop-off of food sales. Use common sense. The arrangement restaurants use should not allow consumption on the premises, and should not allow gatherings of people at the food establishment. They should abide by all regular food handling and safe preparation rules, etc. For more specifics of the closure order, go to ILCC directive .  To assist local restaurants, the city of Decatur will (where necessary) loan traffic cones and other traffic control devices to restaurants to mark and manage curb-side transactions. In this effort, we will be assisted by Dunn Company and the Macon County Highway Department. Please contact the city or the Chamber of Commerce if you need help with this.Pursuant to the Executive Order 2020-10 issued by the Governor of the State of Illinois on March 20, 2020, the Decatur Liquor Commissioner has authorized that as of March 27, 2020 through April 30, 2020, licensees of Class G and Class I liquor licenses may sell alcoholic liquor for consumption off the licensed premises in an original and sealed container. Click here for an up to date restaurant guide.
  2. Small business assistance can be obtained at this link from IL DCEO
  3. Expedited unemployment benefits for employees negatively impacted can be obtained at this link
  4. To sign up for Center for Disease Control and Prevention email updates Subscribe to the CDC email update list
  5. In the days to come, the city will provide additional information to help small businesses via its website : like ways to possibly defer sales tax remittances, ways to expedite unemployment claims, and other small business assistance. This information will continue as it becomes available.

Business FAQ HERE

Short-Term Sales Tax Relief

Trying to understand if your business is essential or subject to stay at home order, click for the checklist.

Illinois State Treasurer announces a Bridge Loan Program for businesses, please click here to connect to the Treasurer’s website.

Any business or organization wanting to donate personal protective equipment to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients can send an email to  Staff will respond and connect regarding the donation.