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Last Updated March 27, 2020

Statement from the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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. 

State of Illinois Programs for Small Business Gov. Pritzker today announced three new programs to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. More details here but in brief:

Hospitality Emergency Grant:
  • Bars, restaurants and hotels with a valid license can receive grants up to $50,000 to support working capital costs like payroll and rent.  Applications being accepted now.  Click here for more information.
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund:
  • Low-interest, five-year loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses (less than 50 employees) outside of City of Chicago. Deferred payments for first six months. Applications accepted starting April 1.
Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program: 
  • Grants up to $25,000 for businesses with less than 50 employees outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. Funds applied for by units of government (counties, cities, villages) on behalf of their businesses. (We will do more research into this program in particular.) Application materials available March 27.
Enjoy 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. 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.  
All Coronavirus stories online at pjstar.com are free. There is no paywall on any of the PJStar's sites so the public can see and recieve all the information they need. 
The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD) has suspending fare collection on all transportation services beginning on March 17, 2020. Due to the suspension of fare collection CityLink has also reduced its fixed route bus service on all routes effective March 19, 2020Weekday and weekend service will remain the same for lineups departing the Transit Center; however, the last lineup to leave the Transit Center will now depart at 8:45 p.m. on all routes.  The Transit Center lobby (407 SW Adams) will be closed to the public after the 5:15 p.m. until further notice. This includes CityLink fixed route bus service, CityLift paratransit service and CountyLink rural transportation service. As of right now, the anticipated date on which passengers will be required to pay a fare is April 1, 2020. 
Stay up to date on travel advisories by visiting the U.S. Travel Association's website. The American Hotel and Lodging Association has shared its Coronavirus Readiness Toolkit which includes guidance to hoteliers on coordinating with state and local health officials.

Closures, Cancellations and Delays

Following Gov. J.B. Pritzker's announcement for all in Illinois to “Shelter in Place” through April 7, 2020, the PACVB has been in close contact with our partners and will update this page as the situation evolves. 

Current Dining Options 

Governor Pritzker ordered all bars and restaurants to close as of 9 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 until Monday, March 30, 2020. The Illinois Restaurant Association has been compiling resources and information here. Their resources include a good presentation on preparing for and dealing with COVID-19 which can be found here
To find a list of local restuarants that will still be fufilling delivery, drive-thru and curbside pickup either directly through them and or through delivery apps click here

Hotel Updates 

All the hotels in the Central Illinois area are still open for operation during this time. Below are updates to any of their services. 
  • Comfort Suites, Peoria has changed their breakfasts to pre-packaged items only and will no longer be offering their in-house market. 
  • Embassy Suites, has changed their breakfast to grab and go breakfast (muffin, granola, fruit, juice/water).
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites East Peoria Riverfront, has changed their breakfasts to grab and go breakfast (muffin, granola, fruit, juice/water). Their shuttle has also stopped running along with their pool is closed for the time being.  
  • Par-A-Dice Hotel is closed until March 30, 2020. 

Additonal Services 

Haddad's West Peoria Market has changed its hours temporarly on Mondays and Thursdays for senior shoppers (65+) ONLY!
  • Mondays, 8:00 a.m. to noon and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon 
  • All other days will remain 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Local Hospitals & Prompt Cares

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. 
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. 

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