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Information for Local Businesses

The City is committed to supporting local businesses during this time, understanding that our small business owners are making great sacrifices to support city- and statewide measures to protect public health. This page consolidates information about resources available to businesses and compiles in one place the information the City is sharing regularly with our business community. To receive these updates in your inbox, please sign up for our Business Development eNews.  

Illinois is currently operating in Phase 5. The Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to monitor health metrics and vaccination rates. 

September 17, 2021:
Governor Pritzker has extended the State's Disaster Declaration. Read the Declaration.

September 7, 2021: 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released an FAQ regarding face covering and vaccination requirements.

August 26, 2021:
The State of Illinois has issued a mask mandate for all individuals over the age of 2 in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status, effective August 30. Learn more.
Face Mask Required Sign For Businesses

August 1, 2021: Data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Lake County is now experiencing substantial community transmission of COVID-19. "Substantial" transmission is defined as 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. CDC data indicates a 61% increase in Lake County cases in the last seven days. Should cases continue to increase to more than 100 cases per 100,000 people, Lake County may be designated as an area of high transmission.

In alignment with CDC and LCHD guidance, masks will now be required in City-operated buildings regardless of vaccination status. City buildings, such as City Hall, Police, and the Public Services building, remain open for public foot traffic Tuesday-Friday. In the interest of health and safety, in-person public meetings continue to be accessible via Zoom and individuals attending virtually are able to participate fully in meetings. All persons attending public meetings in person must wear a mask.

Businesses are urged to align their practices with LCHD and CDC guidance and to encourage employees and customers to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Resources for Reopening

City of Highland Park Meetings for Business Owners

City of Highland Park Financial Aid for Restaurants and Retailers

City Waives Defers 2021 Business Registration & Certain License Fees

City of Highland Park Applications for Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permits

Business Development eNews: Special COVID-19 Editions

Meetings, Webinars & Archived Presentations

State of Illinois Relief for Small Businesses

Federal Relief for Small Businesses

Other Opportunities for Small Business Relief

Resources & Toolkits

Information for Employers

State of Illinois COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations