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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 under Bridge Phase Guidelines. The Illinois Department of Public Health will continue to monitor health metrics and vaccination rates. If health metrics continue to be met and vaccination rates increase, the state may advance to Phase 5 as early as June 11, 2021. However, the state could revert to a previous phase if there is a resurgence of the virus. Learn more about the Bridge Phase.

On Thursday, May 13, the CDC announced new masking guidelines for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Governor Pritzker announced that the State of Illinois would continue to align with CDC guidance on this matter. The City intends to continue to align with the State’s regulations. A formal Executive Order from the State of Illinois is forthcoming. In the meantime, the CDC guidelines are in effect.

Every business or workplace has its own unique conditions, and CDC guidance allows business owners and employers to implement masking requirements if they choose. Business owners may choose to require masks in their stores or offices for the health and safety of their employees and clients. Customers are encouraged to be respectful of these requirements and of fellow patrons who continue to wear masks.

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