On May 20, 2020, under mounting pressure from Illinois business owners, Governor Pritzker withdrew his emergency rule allowing businesses that violated the stay-at-home order to be charged with a misdemeanor. Governor Pritzker also announced he will allow bars and restaurants to open for outdoor seating on May 29, in addition to salons/barbershops, office, retail, and manufacturing businesses. At this time, Governor Pritzker has yet to announce specific guidelines or restrictions for businesses reopening following the expiration of the current stay-at-home order.
In advance of the Governor’s expected guidance, City of Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara has announced a local plan to open, with restrictions, restaurants, child care facilities, youth programs, and houses of worship beginning June 1, 2020. Several committees appointed by the Mayor are expected to provide the public with recommended guidelines and restrictions on May 26, 2020. Both the City of Rockford’s guidelines and the anticipated state guidelines are expected to include capacity limitations, along with social distancing and PPE requirements for employees and customers.
We will continue to monitor the business reopening plans both locally and at the state level and will provide updates when warranted. Please contact us with any questions you might have. We are here to help you make it through these challenging times.