Governor JB Pritzker has launched a new statewide effort today called 'All in Illinois' to reinforce the state's core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe.
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in coordination with Governor Pritzker's office, encourages local residents to join the 'All in Illinois' initiative.
As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy, 'All in Illinois' is a way to unite residents across the state and remind them we are all in this together. The PACVB continues to offer the following programs for at-home entertainment and support of local businesses:
The At Home Sessions: Facebook live concerts featuring local artists with donation opportunities for ArtsPartners.
"Tonight, I'll Dream of Peoria" Art Contest: PACVB's art contest inspiring artists of all ages and abilities to create a work of art featuring what they miss the most during the "shelter at home" mandate.
The Great American Takeout Tuesdays: Support your local restaurants by ordering carryout and delivery.
Retail Therapy Thursdays: Support your local retailers by ordering online or by phone.
"The main priority of all local entities is the health and safety of our residents and visitors," said JD Dalfonso, President/CEO of the PACVB. "By taking this pledge and going All in Illinois, our residents can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help our community return to full strength."
"The sooner we "flatten the curve", the sooner this mandate can end," said Dan Kouri, President of the Heart of Illinois Hospitality Association (HOIHA). "We, at HOIHA, support this initiative and take the pledge to go All in Illinois.
"I've taken virtually every action available to me to protect our residents and slow the spread, and now, our strongest weapon against COVID-19 is you," said Governor JB Pritzker. "For everyone in Illinois, we as individuals must commit to stay home, stay safe and practice social distancing to stay healthy. I'm asking you to join us and be all in for Illinois."
All in Illinois is supported by a series of public service announcements featuring famous Illinois natives, including Jane Lynch, Deon Cole, Jason Beghe, Jackie Joyner Kersee and Matt Walsh. The PSA videos reinforce the importance of staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis and encourages everyone to do their part to stop the spread of the virus. The PSA celebrity videos can be viewed by visiting Allin.Illinois.gov.
"We are grateful to all our well-known Illinoisans for participating in this effort to unite all of our residents during these trying times," said Erin Guthrie, Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. "We are confident these messages will help increase awareness of how critical it is to stay home and work together to flatten the curve of this virus."
People can also show their solidarity by updating their Facebook profile photos with the All in Illinois frame image and share messages with friends and family on social media using the #AllinIllinois hashtag. Additionally, Illinois residents can show they're committed to being part of the solution by displaying All in Illinois signage in their yard or in their window. All in Illinois signs are available to download here.
To access the All in Illinois digital tool kit click here.
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to monitor the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) regionally and any potential impact it may have on our day-to-day operations, incoming conventions and events throughout the Peoria area. The health and safety of our region's residents and visitors is always our top priority.