Helpful Links: Navigating the Covid-19 Crisis

Updated May 5, 2020

This Guide is a compilation of the latest and most helpful resources for Bar, Restaurant, and Gaming Establishment owners, their families, and employees to navigate the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on their businesses and livelihood.

For Location Owners

WWW.CORONAVIRUS.GOV: Federal Coronavirus Resource Website

  • Access to the latest resources, information, and guidelines from the White House, FEMA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Includes a section dedicated to small business owners

White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

  • President Trump’s three-phased approach to reopening state and local economies

National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guide

IGB Video Gaming Website

  • The IGB posts special notices pertaining to VGT operations and COVID-19 on this page
  • The Illinois Gaming Board has suspended all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming establishments and suspended gambling operations at all casinos until further notice due to COVID-19. The Board is continuously monitoring developments in connection with the COVID-19 public health crisis and will update licensees and the public as warranted.

IGB Video Gaming Renewal Fees

  • IGB license renewal fees that were due on or before March 31 are now due 10 business days after the IGB resumes statewide video gaming operations. The IGB has also suspended billing through April 8
  • Illinois Liquor License renewal has also been extended a grace period

Federal CARES Act Summary

  • National Restaurant Association’s overview of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and how it impacts and benefits restaurants, bars, and gaming establishments
  • Highlights: Expanded unemployment insurance ($260B); small business rescue plan ($377B); direct payments to working Americans; student loan relief

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus Relief Website

  • Paycheck Protection Program resumed April 27, 2020, with a second round of federal funding
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
  • SBA Debt Relief

Cook County Relief Package for Residents and Businesses

  • Series of measures waiving various Cook County fines, fees and deferring tax collection
  • Most relevant to our Cook Co partners: Home Rule taxes deferred (including Alcohol & Amusements taxes); Liquor License renewal fees and fines also pushed back

Illinois Liquor Control Commission Website

  • Includes several helpful links: COVID-19 FAQ for liquor licensees; temporary ILCC policies; and other COVID-19 policies

Illinois Income Tax Extension & $90 Million in Small Business Aid

  • March 25 press release from Gov Pritzker’s office detailing the IL aid package rolled out this week
  • Most relevant to our partners: IL income tax filing & payment extension (in line with IRS extension); emergency assistance for small businesses

Illinois New Measures to Help Illinoisans Affected by COVID-19

  • March 19 press release from Gov Pritzker’s office detailing initial Covid-19 measures
  • Most relevant to our partners: sales tax deferral; small business loans

Taft Law Covid-19 Resource Toolkit

  • Broad-ranging toolkit with short articles and helpful links across a variety of sectors and industries
  • Most relevant sections for our partners: Business; Employment; Entertainment; Finance; Food & Beverage; Tax…

Employment Law Update from Taft

  • Details on which employment laws apply with regard to Covid-19

Illinois Shelter in Place Executive Order

  • Link to the Executive Order issued April 1, 2020

For Location Employees

USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

  • Multi-million-dollar fund open to all qualified bartenders (candidate must demonstrate he/she was a bartender for at least a full year prior to applying for the program)
  • Grants range between $150-500 per beneficiary
  • Do not need to be a USBG member to apply

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

  • List of national, state and city-specific resources available to restaurant workers

Federal CARES Act Summary

  • National Restaurant Association’s overview of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and how it impacts and benefits restaurants, bars, and gaming establishments
  • Highlights: Expanded unemployment insurance ($260B); small business rescue plan ($377B); direct payments to working Americans; student loan relief

We hope this information has proven helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Universal Gaming Group for information and advice.