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It’s Time To Safely Get Back To Business

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After more than two months in Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic mothballs, non-essential businesses in Elmhurst and across our state re-opened their doors to customers on May 29 when Illinois Governor J.B. Pitzker’s long-standing “Stay At Home” Executive Order expired.

On May 24—some four weeks earlier than he had originally projected—the Governor released new industry-specific guidelines for a safe re-opening of businesses as Illinois progresses into Phase 3 of his four-region, five-phase Restore Illinois plan.

Retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, bars and restaurants for outdoor dining are among the industries eligible to re-open in Phase 3.   During Phase 3, group gatherings of 10 or fewer are now permitted.

Pressure to adjust the Restore Illinois timeline was applied by elected officials at the state, county and local, state trade and business associations, and local chambers of commerce.

The Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry endorsed efforts by Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley and the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference to remove DuPage from a Northeast Region dependent on the public health metrics of the City of Chicago and Cook County.

ECCI also strongly supported statewide actions by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) in representing the needs of small businesses and their employees.

Elmhurst’s mayor planned to issue an Executive Order expending outdoor business opportunities on both public and private property to further assist restaurants and bars, retailers and personal care providers in serving their customers, as recommended by city staff.

Updates to ECCI’s “Dine Out” From Home website page will include information on restaurants and bars providing outdoor dining.   The page features the name, address, phone number, hours of operation, both menu and online ordering hyperlinks, and options for curbside pick-up, walk-in takeout, drive-thru and delivery.