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New Restrictions on Businesses & Gatherings Start Today in Chicago

Governor Pritzker placed Chicago into Tier 1 of Illinois’ resurgence mitigation framework effective Friday, October 30. These measures were triggered due to a sustained increase in Chicago’s positivity rate and COVID-related hospitalizations for more than seven of the past 10 days. In addition to the City’s Phase IV industry guidelines that will remain in place, these are the additional measures that went into effect this morning:
        
  • Restaurants & Bars cannot offer indoor dining or service. (The City’s 10 pm to 6 am  business curfew remains in place.) 
  • Meetings, social events and gatherings are limited to 25 guests or 25% capacity, whichever is fewer (both indoors and outdoors). This capacity limit applies to banquet halls, weddings, birthday parties, business dinners/social events, and private outdoor gatherings, like a potluck.
  • Other industries with specific capacity guidelines in place—such as fitness clubs, retail stores, personal services, movie theaters, and places of worship—can still operate at 40%/ 50 max. under Phase IV guidelines.  

The State has laid out three metrics that the Chicago must meet for these restrictions to be relaxed:
  1. The positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5% over a three-day period.
  2. There is a decrease in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness over a three-day period.
  3. The three-day rolling averages of ICU bed availability and medical/surgical bed availability are greater than or equal to 20% over a seven-day period.

If our COVID spread continues to worsen, the State has the option to move Chicago into Tier 2 of its framework, which could include suspending in-person non-essential retail and personal services. These additional measures are not imminent, but residents and businesses should be aware of this possibility if the situation does not improve in the coming weeks.

If you have questions regarding the evolving reopening situation, please send them to reopening@cityofchicago.org.
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Get BACP Tips for Protecting Your Business During Election Week 

In the lead up to the election on November 3rd, the City of Chicago is working diligently to ensure that our business community is prepared for the potential for events, large demonstrations, protest activity and civil unrest. Proactive steps businesses can take to stay protected include: Signing up for ChiBiz Emergency Alerts, joining Chicago's Public Private Partnership Initiative, and staying alert.

Attract More Holiday Shoppers with ‘The Bucks Stay Here’ eGift Card

Nearly 50 local businesses are accepting ‘The Bucks Stay Here’ eGift card. It truly is becoming a universal gift card for shopping in the 19th Ward! Join County Fair, Bookie’s, City Grange, Everything’s Relative, Bellē Up and other merchants that are accepting the card and promoting our business districts. The eGift card is easy to use and carries no hidden fees. Just key in the 16-digit Mastercard number from your customers’ phones, and you’re good to go. It’s free to sign up as a participating business, and we are still accepting applications! 
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Bookie’s Launches Online Apparel Stores to Boost Sales

It is no secret that the pandemic has hit local independent businesses very hard. Bookie's is no exception. They are trying to recoup some of the funds they have lost this year through two concurrent apparel fundraisers. 
One showcases the work of three artists with a connection to Beverly: Mairead Zigulich, Kristen Dobbins, and Nate Otto. Each of them created a unique design that is featured on T-shirts and hoodies. We partnered with Marathon Sportswear, a local company you may remember from the "Think Local" campaign, to produce these items. Shop the Marathon store here

The other features the Bookie’s storefront from the Midwest Indie Bookstore map by Kevin Cannon. A company called Bonfire is helping us with this fundraiser. They offer several apparel choices, all with Kevin Cannon’s art. Shop the Bonfire store here

For each of these, the campaigns will run for two to three weeks, and then they'll print and ship the products around the end of November. Your purchases will help Bookie’s stay open for years to come!
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Our House Launches 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Last year, Our House Wealth Advisors on 111th Street spearheaded a highly successful Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive. They distributed donation boxes to 65 businesses in the 19th Ward and collected almost 900 toys. The pandemic isn’t stopping them from doing it again. Our House has donation boxes that they will begin delivering November 5, and the drive will run through December 9.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Erin

Your Small Business Saturday Toolkit is Here

Save the date for Small Business Saturday, which falls on Saturday, November 28, this year. American Express has created a digital toolkit to help small businesses generate sales despite the challenging circumstances. 

The Small Business Saturday Coalition toolkit includes:
  • A holiday action plan to help you plan an experience that's right (and safe) for your community
  • A digital experience guide to help you connect safely with your community this holiday season
  • Email and press release templates
  • Premade social media posts with images and text
To help you access and make the most of these tools, American Express has recorded a brief webinar to walk you through the resources available in the toolkit. Instantly access the webinar any time at your convenience right here!
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Chicago Partners With Tock Restaurant Reservation Platform

The city of Chicago is partnering with restaurant reservation platform Tock to provide its technology for free to bars and restaurants in low-income communities.

Restaurants in eligible areas can use the platform, normally $99 a month, for reservations, pickup and delivery orders through March 31, 2021. The system will also have diners submit their name and phone number when they make a reservation, for contact-tracing purposes.

Restaurants in the 60643 and 60655 zip codes are not eligible for the free service, but may choose to use the platform for $99 per month for reservations, pickup and delivery orders. 

The system will also have diners submit their name and phone number when they make a reservation, for contact-tracing purposes.
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