COVID-19 Business Recovery


The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, will long be remembered for its impact on people’s lives all around the world.  In addition to the suffering of those ill with the virus, shelter-in-place orders significantly impacted small business owners.


COVID-Related Financial Programs


A variety of financial programs are available that may meet your needs.  See more about those programs here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance (EIDL)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Aid to Small Business

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)/Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

City of Danville

Other Financial Assistance Programs


Re-opening and Recovery



As we move through the phases of reopening and recovery, it is important that your small business continue to be up-to-date on requirements and best practices to keep your family, your employees and your customers safe.

Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, has announced a five-phase plan to Restore Illinois dividing the state into health regions.  The Vermilion County Area is in the Central Region and moved into Phase 4 on June 26, 2020.  See the Illinois Department of Health site below for more information.


Restore Illinois – Phase 4

To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.

Signage is available here.


Read the Plan


For Industry definitions and guidelines, please see below:

Meetings and Social Events

Hotel meeting rooms and ballrooms, as well as other indoor and outdoor event venues. Excludes arenas, stadiums, and other mass gathering venues.

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Indoor and Outdoor Recreation

Customer-facing establishments primarily engaged in providing indoor and outdoor recreational and amusement services.

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Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars with tables spaced 6-feet apart and other special rules.



Establishments primarily engaged in the preservation and exhibition of objects of historical, cultural, and/or educational value.



Establishments primarily engaged in the preservation and exhibition of live plant and animal life displays.


Theaters and Performing Arts

Seated theaters, cinemas, and performing arts centers primarily engaged in showing live or pre-recorded performances.



Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores.


Health and Fitness Centers

Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers.


Personal Care Services

Hair salons, hair braiders, barber shops, nail salons, spas, massage therapy clinics, waxing centers, tattoo parlors.


Service Counters

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



Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills.



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


Youth and Recreational Sports Guidelines

Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, recreational team or group sports practices.


Day Camps

Day camps not licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) including recreational day camps, educational day camps, and religious day camps.


Additional Resources

Specific Questions or Comments

If you have read the industry safety guidelines above and have other specific questions or comments about how Phase 4 affects your business or employees, please feel free to get in touch with DCEO by calling 1-800-252-2923 or emailing us at