Local Businesses


Best Practices for Reopening Businesses

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. As local businesses plan ahead and prepare to reopen when permitted, understanding and adhering to the best practices for ensuring the health and safety for all employees and customers will be essential in keeping the public safe.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued guidance for reopening businesses and day-to-day activities in Illinois in a plan called Restore Illinois. The plan details five phases for safely reopening regions in Illinois.

Since late May, to varying degrees every Illinois region has been experiencing Phase 3, or the”Recovery” phase. As businesses prepare for Phase 4, “Revitalization”, we hope that everyone, owners and employees alike, will take the time to download and familiarize themselves with the safety guidelines issued for their particular workplace environment, including toolkits with ready-made posters and graphics for different industries.

Restore Illinois: “Revitalization” (Phase 4) Guidance

Please click HERE for Phase 4 guidance for a variety of industries to help direct local businesses and ensure that their operations are healthy and safe for both employees and customers. For updates regarding Phase 4 and further guidance, please visit the Illinois Department Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website HERE. For direct support, contact their Business Hotline Monday through Friday at 1-800-252-2923, or email at: ceo.support@illinois.gov.

Restore Illinois: “Recovery” (Phase 3) Guidance

Please click HERE for Phase 3 guidance. For updates regarding Phase 3 and further guidance, please visit the Illinois Department Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website HERE. For direct support, contact their Business Hotline Monday through Friday at 1-800-252-2923, or email at: ceo.support@illinois.gov.

Guidance for restaurant operations can be found on our Food Safety page HERE.

Business owners and employees can also download the FAQs for businesses concerning the use of face coverings during COVID-19 HERE.

Business owners & employees with questions concerning needed adjustments to their operations are encouraged to contact the LCHD at 815-844-7174 ext. 252 or email lchd@lchd.us prior to reopening their business to discuss the details of their procedures and ensure that all safety practices are being implemented. We are happy to help and support our local Livingston businesses!