PACVB Tourism and Hospitality COVID-19 Resource Page

Last Updated August 27, 2020

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 bizinfo@greaterpeoria.org. 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.  

Restore Illinois Plan

The Restore Illinois Plan is a five-phased plan to reopen our state, guided by broad health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. This is an initial framework that will likely be updates as research and science develop and as the potential for treatments or vaccines is realized. The plan is based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity. 

Restore HOI -- Peoria Area Businesses Health and Safety Re-Opening

Whether you are a business-owner looking to safely reopen or a resident looking for a certified COVID-19 compliant place to shop, the Restore HOI website is best tool available in the Peoria area for health and safety protocol compliance. The site was created by a local coalition of public health officials, small business owners, and elected officials and provides guidelines and a certification process for businesses. This phased plan uses IDPH approved Restore Illinois guidance and leverages our region's unique strengths to allow the Peoria area economy to reopen while protecting residents' and travelers’ health and safety. On this website you’ll find local businesses that are complying with the reopening guidelines. You can also register your own business as voluntarily compliant. Click here to view www.restorehoi.com

Mask Guidelines for restaurants and bars

The State of Illinois today announced revised guidelines for restaurants and bar establishments statewide to operate safely and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Based on a recent increase in cases, these latest guidelines will require patrons to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, including but not limited to when employees take patrons orders, deliver food and beverages, and service tables. This guidance will also apply to other facilities with food services areas that are currently subject to the Restore Illinois guidance, such as indoor recreational facilities, museums and entertainment venues.

New guidelines went into effect Wednesday, August 26 and will require face coverings to be worn both in indoor and outdoor dining settings in all 11 regions in the state. Full guidelines may be found on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website.

Travel Guidance

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) launched its new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel map to help inform residents of potential risks associated with traveling during the pandemic. The map indicates countries and U.S. states with increased risk of COVID-19 based on case rates. Locations that have an average daily case rate of 15 cases per 100,000 or greater are designated as “higher risk” on the map, which can be found here http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/travel

Discover Peoria continues to work closely with our amazing community partners like the Greater Peoria Economic Development CouncilPeoria Area Chamber of CommerceMorton Chamber of CommerceWashington Chamber of CommercePekin Area Chamber of CommerceEast Peoria Chamber of CommerceThe 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. 

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Keep Calm and Carry Out, Current Dining Options in central Illinois

To find a list of local restaurants that are offering delivery, drive-thru and curbside pickup either directly through them and or through delivery apps click here

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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. 

COVID Testing Sites

OSF St. Francis Medical Center
530 NE Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, IL 61637
(309)655-2000
 
UnityPoint Health-Methodist
221 NE Glen Oak Ave
Peoria, IL 61637
(309)672-5522
 
UnityPoint Health-Proctor
5409 Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614
(309)691-1069
 
UnityPoint Health-Pekin
600 S. 13th Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309)347-1151
Advocate Eureka Hospital
101. S. Major Street
Eureka, IL 61530
(309)467-2371
 
Mason District Hospital
615 N. Promenade Street
Havana, IL 62644
(309)543-4431
 
Kindred Hospital Peoria
500 W Romeo B Garrett Ave
Peoria, IL 61605
(309)680-1500

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD)

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

IDPH Hotel Guidance

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.