PACVB Tourism and Hospitality COVID-19 Resource Page
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. Please visit www.gpcovid.com for a complete list of business resources and send any questions to email@example.com. We are continuing to monitor the recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local government and health officials. Any actions taken will be consistent with guidelines from these agencies and local health department officials.
COVID-19 Updates - As of 8/27/2021
Governor JB Pritzker Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and All Illinois Residents Required to Wear Masks Indoors, Regardless of Vaccination Status.
As COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates across the state continue to increase, particularly in downstate communities with the lowest vaccination rates, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced vaccination requirements for individuals in high-risk settings. All healthcare workers, including nursing home employees, all pre-k-12 teachers and staff, as well as higher education personnel and students will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees in all of these settings and higher education students who are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine will be required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per week, and DPH and ISBE may require increased testing in certain situations.
The Governor and Dr. Ezike also announced a statewide indoor mask mandate for all Illinois residents, regardless of vaccination status, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates continue to increase. The masking requirements are effective Monday, August 30th.
The public health requirements come as regions with low vaccination rates continue to see a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In IDPH region 5, Southern Illinois, with the lowest vaccination rate in the state at 44 percent, only 3% of ICU beds are available as the region experiences the highest case rate in the state. Since August 1st, local health departments across the state have reported 27 COVID-19 outbreaks at schools and currently, hundreds of schools are being monitored for potential COVID-19 exposures.
Public Health Officials announce Illinois will Enter "Phase 5" of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 11.
Events, conventions and meetings are back in central Illinois! According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, all of Illinois will enter “Phase 5” of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday, June 11, 2021. In Phase 5, nearly all restrictions on commerce, such as occupancy limits in restaurants, are lifted including conventions, festivals and large events. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Now let’s safely Restore, Recover and Discover the heart of Illinois.
For more information on “Phase 5” of the Restore Illinois plan, please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response website. For more information, please view the Phase 5 Guidelines for Businesses and Venues.
Discover Peoria continues to work closely with our amazing community partners like the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Morton Chamber of Commerce, Washington Chamber of Commerce, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, The Big Table: Greater Peoria and other key community partners to provide up to date information for the local business community. A central informational hub was created to share resources for our regional business community.
Local Hospitals, Prompt Cares & COVID-19 Testing Sites
The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a County Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics tool you can use to view COVID metrics broken down by the different counties in the state of Illinois.
If you fall ill or begin to show any symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Peoria region is serviced by these hospitals. If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
As of May 12, 2020, there is an additional COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site located at the Peoria Civic Center run by the Illinois National Guard.
We are encouraging visitors to practice good hygiene habits by following these tips from the Center for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when you're sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Public Health Resources
Coronavirus & Travel in the U.S.: Recommendations for those who have ot travel and what ot consider when traveling from the CDC.
Guidance for Workplaces to Prepare for COVID-19: Includes steps to reduce worker risk of exposure, includes the varius risk levels (love, medium & high risk of exposure) from OHSA.
Disinfecting a Facility if Someone is Sick: With a general cold and or with COVID-19 from the CDC.
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.