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Last Updated June 2, 2020

Statement from the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Following Gov. J.B. Pritzker's announcement for all in Illinois to “Shelter in Place” through May 30, 2020, the PACVB has been in close contact with our partners and will update this page as the situation evolves. 
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. 
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.  
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.
If you or anyone that you know needs assistancing finding food, paying bills or any other essential service check out the 211 COVID-19 page to find the local 211 or dial 2-1-1 to speak to someone directly who can help. 

Restoring Illinois and the Heart of 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.
The North-Central Health Region, as identified in the Restore Illinois Plan, is subdivided into manageable sub-regions. For this plan, the Heart of Illinois sub-region is comprised of the following counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, Stark, McLean, Livingston, Bureau, Putnam, and LaSalle. This sub-region was selected based upon commuting data for the communities and historic medical response and hospital coordination. The Heart of Illinois subregion will coordinate with public health authorities in the balance of the North-Central Health Region but will restrict data analysis to the sub-region. 
There are three stages to the Heart of Illinois subregion
  1. Stage 1: Overlaps with phase 2 & 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Most businesses and organizations will open at 50% of allowed occupancy. All health guidelines on non-pharmaceutical intervention will be followed. At-risk individuals will continue to stay at home.
  2. Stage 2: Activated upon data that indicates readiness for 3 consecutive weeks. Overlaps with phase 2, 3, & 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Most businesses and organizations will open at 75% of allowed occupancy. All health guidelines on non-pharmaceutical intervention will be followed.
  3. Stage 3: Activated upon data that indicates readiness for 3 consecutive weeks. Overlaps with phase 3 & 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Most businesses and organizations will open at 100% of allowed occupancy. All health guidelines on non-pharmaceutical intervention will be followed.
For more information on the Restore Illinois Plan and the Restore Heart of Illinois Plan visit the offical State of Illinois' Coronavirus Response page.

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Bars and Restrauants 
With Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, bars and restaurants will have the option to resume operations for outdoor seating only. Tables must be six feet apart and away from the sidewalks, masks and distancing measures for staff must continue to be followed, and other precautions and guidance will be issued.
  • These measures will allow restaurants to re-open at a risk comparable to other outdoor activities, while giving the state’s hospitality industry a much-needed boost.
  • Municipalities are encouraged to help restaurants and bars expand their outdoor seating options.
Outdoor Activities 
  • With the new ten person gathering limit for all activities in Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, boating or camping with up to ten people will be permitted.
  • The state will be providing guidance on how other outdoor recreational businesses, such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, and paintball courses can safely open their doors in Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020.
  • Golf Course have been allowed to reopen with operational restrictions effective Friday, May 1, 2020. 
    • For golf, in Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, courses can allow foursomes out on the same tee times. Carts will also be permitted with one person per cart, or one immediate household per cart.
  • With Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, all state parks will reopen. All concession will reopen as well under guidelines set for our retail and food service businesses in Phase 3. Illinois will permit the re-opening of indoor and outdoor tennis facilities with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety precautions and capacity limits.
  • The Peoria Zoo will reopen on Friday, May 29, 2020 for Peoria Zoo Members and then on Saturday, May 30, 2020 it will reopen for the public. 
Health Clubs, Retail and Personal Care Services
  • In Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training in indoor facilities and outdoor fitness classes of up to ten people.
  • In Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, personal care services, like nail salons, tattoo shops, hair braiders, spas and barbershops, can open with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.
  • In Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, all retail stores can open their doors to in-person shopping with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits in place.
  • In Phase 3, effective May 29, 2020, local governments still retain the right to establish stricter restrictions in any areas.
  • The Peoria Public Libraries begining May 6 will start doing crubside pick up.   
Riding CityLink
The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD) requests that rides on all transportation services be limited to essential trips only until further notice.  This includes rides on CityLink fixed route bus service, CityLift paratransit service and CountyLink rural transportation service.  Service will continue to be available for passengers working essential jobs and needing access to essential services, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and medical appointments. 
In accordance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD) is requiring all passengers to wear a face mask or an alternative protective face covering while riding all transportation services and/or while at the Transit Center facility (407 SW Adams St.) effective April 8, 2020 until further notice. 
CityLink fixed route bus service continues to be on a reduced schedule on all routes. Weekday and Saturday service remain the same for lineups departing the Transit Center; however, the last lineup to leave the Transit Center departs at 8:45 p.m. on all routes that would normally have service later than the 8:45 p.m. lineup.  Sunday service remains as scheduled.  Passengers are encouraged to practice social distancing while riding the bus and stay seated six feet from fellow passengers.

Closures, Cancellations and Delays

Following Gov. J.B. Pritzker's announcement for all in Illinois to “Shelter in Place” through May 30, 2020, the PACVB has been in close contact with our partners and will update this page as the situation evolves. 

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

Governor Pritzker ordered all bars and restaurants to close as of 9 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 until May 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

                                                                                

Enjoy Peoria Presents: The At Home Sessions

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) in conjunction with Arts Partners, was pleased to host the Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions featuring local musicians and artists. The At Home Sessions: Volumes 1-11 have already happened but you can rewatch all of them 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 starting on April 15, will no longer offering a hot breakfast. They will have a grab and go breakfast (Water, Granola Bars and a Danish/Muffin). Guests are asked to stay in their rooms, if they are on the premises, until they check out and they will continue to no longer offer 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 further notice. 
  • All the Petersen Hotels (Candlewood Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Wingate by Wyndham) are currently accepting reservations for staycations and are offering special rates based upon availablility.  

Additonal Services 

  • The Embassy Suites by Hilton in East Peoria is offering office day rates for locals who need a quiet place to work while practicing social distancing. Embassy Suites is also offering discounted rates for essential travelers including first responders and medical professionals. 
  • All the Petersen Hotels (Candlewood Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Wingate by Wyndham) are offering office day rates for locals who need a quiet place to work starting at $50 for the day. 
  • 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 & COVID-19 Testing Sites

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. 

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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