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Loan Forgiveness Webinar, Chicago Reopening in Early June, PPE Resource Guide

Friday, May 22, 2020  
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The Illinois Restaurant Association continues to engage with local, state, and federal officials to help our employers and employees address concerns about COVID-19.

Please see the below resources and information for your business - updated as of 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22.



Watch On Demand: PPP Forgiveness Webinar



Yesterday, the IRA, American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), Self Help Federal Credit Union, National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), and The Resurrection Project hosted a webinar to review the SBA's PPP loan forgiveness application process. Self-Help Federal Credit Union and other PPP experts reviewed common questions on loan forgiveness and best practices.

Click here to watch the webinar recording.


IRA Advocating for Innovative Outdoor Dining Options in Phase 3


Following Governor J.B. Pritzker's announcement to allow outdoor dining at restaurants starting in Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, municipalities across the state are evaluating innovative strategies for outdoor dining.

The IRA is fully supportive of this initiative, and we are calling on all local municipalities to embrace creative outdoor dining strategies - such as closing down streets, expanding sidewalk cafes, using parking lots and public ways, and more.

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Mayor Lightfoot Says City on Track to Begin Reopening in Early June


Today, Mayor Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced that Chicago is on track to be ready to move to phase three of its reopening framework in June given the progress on several key health metrics.

The “Protecting Chicago” reopening framework lays out how the City plans to begin reopening amid COVID-19, and the details for each phase were informed by economic and health data, as well as a combination of input from industry and labor working groups, health experts and the public.

Click here to read more.


IRA Launching PPE and Reopening Resource Guide



The IRA is launching a premier resource base of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and reopening services for restaurants, including: hand sanitizer, face coverings, gloves, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, plexiglass, menus, floor markers, signs, and more.

Does your company offer PPE and other reopening resources and services for restaurants?

Click here to let us know if you would like to join the IRA’s PPE resource page and offer PPE materials and equipment to restaurants and bars throughout Illinois. Companies must be current IRA Associate members in order to be featured.

Contact Emilee Lyons for more information on listing your company.


IRA Webinar - Scaling UP Restaurant Operations



Join us Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. (Central) for a two-part webinar series addressing management issues and providing strategies for reopening safely and successfully being offered by the IRA and University of Illinois Extension, in conjunction with University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

This first webinar in the series, focusing on Financial Considerations, will provide strategies on ordering, planning a cost effective menu and pivoting your offerings in this new environment.


Click here to register.

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