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On Friday, May 29th, Food and Beverage Services Will Be Allowed with Outdoor Seating

As part of the “Restore Illinois” plan, Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois restaurants can serve patrons in designated outdoor seating areas as soon as Friday, May 29, 2020. To support the plan, Mayor Matthew Bogusz signed an executive order that allows Des Plaines establishments to follow this directive. The City has created a Des Plaines Auxiliary Outdoor Seating Program that offers specific information and general guidelines for dining establishments seeking to serve patrons in outdoor seating areas. Created during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19, helping our local bars and restaurants is just one way the City can support our business community.

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Mayor Declares Supplemental Face Covering Order

The City of Des Plaines has implemented a supplemental order regarding face coverings directing the community to follow CDC guidelines and wear a face covering when out in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 24th and addresses situations such as shopping for groceries, using public transit, and working in or patronizing businesses that are open to the public. The order does not apply when people are walking or running outside, as long as they are following social distancing guidelines. It also does not apply when driving alone in your car, or riding a motorcycle or bike. Examples of face coverings can include homemade masks, scarves and bandanas. Face covering FAQs can be found HERE.

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Business Assistance Resources During COVID-19

During this difficult time for most business sectors, the City has created a resource page for local employers and business owners who might benefit from assistance programs such as the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, US SBA Small Business Loan Program, Illinois State Treasure’s Office Emergency Loan Program, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - Paycheck Protection Program, just to name a few. For specific details about these and other programs, please visit the City's dedicated website at desplaines.org/businessCOVID19.

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State of Illinois COVID-19 Website

The State of Illinois offers a robust, comprehensive website that offers the most accurate and current information, such as a map of COVID-19 cases by county, volunteer opportunities, number of persons tested versus number of cases confirmed to be positive, and more. Please visit coronavirus.illinois.gov to view this information.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: City Hall is currently closed to the general public, limiting visitors to all of its facilities at this time. Staffing is down to a minimum, but building permits and exterior inspections can be issued on a limited basis. Permit-related questions can be directed to 847.391.5380. If you believe there's a high-priority, business-related issue that needs to be addressed, please call 847.391.5488 to request an appointment with the appropriate staff member. Read more about other services...

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