COVID-19 Resources

State of Illinois: Phase 3 Industry-Specific Guidelines

On Sunday May 24th, Governor JB Pritzker released new industry-specific guidelines to allow for a safe re-opening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan. All four regions of the state are expected to advance to Phase 3 of the plan in the coming days. Phase 3 is expected to see many businesses reopen across the state, and hundreds of thousands of workers back to work.

The following industries are included in Phase 3: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, bars and restaurants for outdoor dining, and more. During Phase 3, group gatherings of 10 or fewer will now be permitted. A full list of industries as well as corresponding safety guidelines is now available.

While Phase 3 safety guidelines offer new precautions for businesses and residents to take, the state encourages all residents to maintain compliance with ongoing public health guidance - using face coverings, washing hands regularly, and practicing social distancing. Our continued compliance with the latest public health guidelines is essential to our ability to safety reopen our state and to restore Illinois.

Full Press Release - LINK

Occupancy Restrictions

Click HERE to view the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Occupancy Limit Guidelines.

Learn more about Phase 3 and the full list of industry-specific guidelines below:


Restaurants and Bars (outdoor dining and drinking) - Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snacks bars, taverns, and other food and beverage businesses

Retail - Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls

Personal Care Services - Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, waxing centers, tattoo parlors

Offices - Non-customer-facing offices such as: legal; accounting services; architectural/engineering design; and other professional services

Manufacturing - Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills

Health and Fitness Centers - Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers

Outdoor Recreation - Customer facing services such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, paintball courses, outdoor adventure parks

Service Counters - Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes

Day Camps - Recreational youth programs such as sports camps, recreational camps, educational camps

Youth Sports - Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, team or group sports practices (no competitive sports permitted in Phase 3)

Small Business Assistance

The Village of Glen Ellyn is working with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to identify all programs that may be of assistance to those individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 national emergency.

The primary channel for assistance is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) that currently exists to address natural disasters. For profit and certain non-profit entities across industries can apply for relief. All businesses must formally apply online in order to be considered for eligibility. There is no limitation on a statewide basis, and applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis. 

For application and program details, please visit the links below:

You may also contact your local SBDC Program Manager, Ute Westphal, at (630) 942-2630 or via email.

Essential vs Non-Essential Businesses and Operations

In light of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-10, there have been significant questions around what constitutes as an essential vs a non-essential business. The Illinois Department of Commerce has published guidance to clarify this questions and answer many others. 

For example, many non-essential businesses are still allowed to perform "Minimum Basic Operations" at work, provided that employees maintain a distance of six feet from one another. However, this would still require them to stay closed to inside customer foot traffic.

Minimum Basic Operations include maintaining the value of inventory, payroll, ensuring security, and ensuring that employees can work remotely.

For additional clarification, please view the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Frequently Asked Questions. You can also contact the Essential Business Determination Hotline at (800) 252-2923 or via email.