Chamber Members:


Today we’re going to keep it light and quick as we’re working through some of the backlash from yesterday’s announcement. So, most of the information below is a reminder of what is going on as far as new mitigation efforts that began today, county grants that are open, and our next virtual conference this Friday.


New Mitigation Efforts

For Region 7, mitigation measures taking effect August 26, 2020 (today) include the following:



  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00pm
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table


  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00pm
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00pm, are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable


These mitigations do not currently apply to schools and the measures will remain in effect over a 14-day period after which time more stringent mitigation measures can be implemented if metrics do not improve. View the new mitigations online here and attached.


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to monitor each region in the state for several key indicators to identify early, but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence.  Indictors include an increase in COVID-19 cases with a simultaneous decrease in hospital capacity, or three consecutive days greater than or equal to 8% test positivity rate (7 day rolling).  These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.


IDPH will track the positivity rate in both regions to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. If the positivity rate averages less than or equal to 6.5 percent over a 14-day period, then Regions 4 and 7 will return to Phase 4 mitigations under the Restore Illinois Plan. If the positivity rate averages between 6.5 percent and 8 percent, the new mitigations will remain in place and unchanged. If the positivity rate averages greater than or equal to 8 percent after 14 days, more stringent mitigations will be applied to further reduce spread of the virus.


A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website at


Will County Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Small businesses have experienced unprecedented disruptions and financial challenges due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Will County recognizes its small businesses have struggled to pay bills, keep customers, and stay afloat while navigating through the uncertainties of this pandemic.


Will County has earmarked more than $24 million for a Small Business Assistance Grant Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 so they can maintain operations. Selected businesses may receive up to $15,000 in grant assistance.

Businesses that meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:


More Program Information:


Apply Here

Applications will be accepted starting Monday, August 24. All applications must be received by Monday, September 28.



Please find a schedule of upcoming webinars related to The Will County Small Business Assistance Grant Program. Recordings of webinars will be posted here for viewing at your convenience.


Next Virtual Conference

Here are the details about an extremely informational session that will serve as our next Virtual Conference on Friday, August 28 at 11 AM. “Making the Most of your Membership Profile”

Please join the Joliet Chamber for a free, interactive virtual conference to best utilize your membership listing on the Chamber website including:

  • How to Make Your Directory Page Pop by updating company information, adding images and video, and displaying staff.
  • Promote Your Business by adding Hot Deals, Member to Member Deals, Job Postings, and Events.
  • Connect with Other Members – share your stories via the Community Feed.


In preparation for the webinar, please make sure you know your Joliet Chamber Membership log-in information.  If you have not yet set-up a log-in and password, please contact the Chamber office by calling (815) 727-5371 or email

Please use the link below to register:


Stay well,


Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry Staff and Board of Directors






Mike Paone

Vice President – Government Affairs

Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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