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Delinquency List Resumes, Chicago, Sangamon County Restrictions

Friday, July 24, 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 5:50 p.m. on Friday, July 24.


Effective Today - Chicago Bars Must Close for Indoor Service, Restaurants Limited to Six Per Table


As of today, Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m., bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption in the city of Chicago without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors.

Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to continue to operate for indoor service as long as they abide by ongoing COVID-19 guidance and existing regulations. Current capacity restrictions remain in place for all restaurants - 25% occupancy per room - or 50 people per room (whichever is fewer). Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns and breweries will be reduced to six people.

Click here to read the announcement.

Click here to review the current Phase IV guidelines for restaurants in the city of Chicago.


Sangamon County and Springfield Restaurants and Bars Limited to 50 People or 50% Capacity


Today, in response to a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, Sangamon County officials have issued orders to enforce social distancing guidelines and occupancy limits in restaurants and bars. Click here to read the notice from Sangamon County.

Beginning this weekend, restaurants and bars in Sangamon County must operate at the lesser of 50 people or 50% of overall space capacity, allow for six feet of distance between tables, and adhere to 25% capacity in standing areas.

The orders apply to all restaurants and bars operating in Sangamon County - including those in the city of Springfield and unincorporated Sangamon County.

Click here to read more from The State Journal-Register.


Next Week - ILCC Retailer Delinquency List Resumes, Bona Fide Disputes Must Be Refiled


As of Monday, July 27, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) will post an updated Delinquency List and will continue to post updated lists every subsequent Thursday as required by the Liquor Control Act.

Retailers that had been listed on the most recently posted Delinquency List - or who have become delinquent over the past month - will again be reported delinquent on July 27, 2020.

All previously reported bona fide disputes filed pursuant to Illinois Liquor Control Commission “Guidance on Thirty (30) Day Credit Law Reporting – Retailer Delinquencies - Bona Fide Dispute Process" have been voided.

If a retailer is named on a published Delinquency List and has a good faith bona fide dispute of the amount that is owed, the retailer may file (or refile) a “bona fide dispute” with the Commission at that time. 

Click here to read the updated ILCC guidance.

Click here to read the updated FAQ from ILCC.


Keep Pushing Congress to Pass the Blueprint for Revival



Within the next two weeks, Congress will consider their final coronavirus response bill for 2020.

We are strongly supporting the RESTAURANTS Act - a $120 billion restaurant recovery fund - proposed by Senators Wicker and Sinema in the Senate. 

Additionally - we are advocating for Congress to pass the Blueprint for Revival for our industry. It represents a strong, far-reaching plan for how Congress can advance restaurants in every city and town in this country.

Click here to read the complete Blueprint. Click here to read a two page summary.

Take one minute to urge Illinois' Congressional leaders to support restaurants and employees by passing the Blueprint for Restaurant Revival.

Click here to take action.


Send a Note: No New Tariffs on Food & Alcohol


The Trump Administration is proposing tariffs of up to 100% on food and alcohol products from the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) including seafood, cheese and other dairy products, ham, certain fruits and fruit products, pasta, coffee, olives and olive oil, chocolate, potatoes, baked products, wine, sparkling wine, whiskey, beer, gin, brandy, and vodka, among other food products.

If the tariffs go into effect, thousands of restaurants and every part of our supply chain associated with these products will be severely impacted.

Click here to tell the Administration through the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to eliminate tariffs and not impose any new tariffs on these essential products.


Watch on Demand - Webinar on Practical Solutions for Menus, Payment Systems, and More



Thank you to everyone that attended and our panelists from SpotMenus by BrandMuscle, IRA Platinum Sponsor Heartland, and Modjoul for joining yesterday's webinar on practical ways for operators to offer menus to guests, provide contactless payment, screen employees, and more.

This webinar was provided in partnership with the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative.

Click here to watch the presentation. Click here to download the slide presentation.


What to Do When a COVID-19 Positive Case Has Been Reported in Your Facility


The IRA has recently updated our guide of protocols to follow when a confirmed COVID-19 case has been in your facility.

The guide includes: general best practices, cleaning and disinfecting policies, employee leave requirements, notification templates, and more.

Click here to review the updated guidelines.

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