On June 26th Decatur and Macon County is expected to enter Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Reopening plan.

On May 29th Decatur and Macon County entered Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Reopening plan.

As we enter this new Phase restaurants and bars will be allowed to serve customers onsite, primarily outdoors, and in certain circumstances inside.  Additionally retail, health clubs and much more will be gradually reopening during this Phase in the month of June.  The state has put together a comprehensive set of guidelines for both employees and their customers for nearly every industry type.

For information about options for screening of staff and visitors, symptoms warranting testing, guidelines for social distancing, medical facts about COVID-19, and other medical and health information, information from the Center for Disease Control or the Illinois Department of Public Health, please contact the Macon County Health Department, St. Mary’s Hospital or Decatur Memorial Hospital.

However, the city of Decatur understands that the coronavirus is more than just a public health emergency; it is also a business interruption emergency. For this reason, until the coronavirus emergency comes to an end, the city of Decatur will use its website to provide information to help businesses and others who have suffered disruption as a result of government-imposed closures and other limitations on business activity.

  1.  City Council has approved waiving permit fees for restaurants, bars, as well as retail businesses that are temporarily seeking to use public sidewalks, parking lots, other public properties to conduct their business.  We have a simplified application and process.  Delivery and curbside pickups can continue for those businesses providing this service. Click here for an up to date restaurant guide.
  2. Small business assistance can be obtained at this link from IL DCEO
  3. Expedited unemployment benefits for employees negatively impacted can be obtained at this link.   Unemployment insurance eligibility and the application process call Claimant Services at (800) 244- 5631.
  4. The City of Decatur is temporarily allowing our restaurants to sell alcohol for off-site consumption, meaning you can likely get a drink to-go from your take-out restaurant.  Read the entire Liquor Commissioner’s document.


Take Your Business Outside Permits

Temporary Use of Public ROW and Property Permit
Sidewalk Sign Permit – Application
Food and Beverage Cart Permit Application

Business FAQ HERE

Short-Term Sales Tax Relief

Trying to understand if your business is essential or subject to stay at home order, click for the essential business checklist.

Illinois State Treasurer announces a Bridge Loan Program for businesses, please click here to connect to the Treasurer’s website.


Religious Services

The State’s position is that indoor religious services are “strongly discouraged,” but if a church insists on having indoor services anyway, then they should follow the attached rules. As of now, this will be Decatur’s official position too.


Federal and State Programs

Aid to Small Businesses


Aid to Medium Sized Businesses


Aid to Large Sized Business


Aid to All Businesses


Contact Information

General Resources: visit coronavirus.illinois.gov

PPE Equipment

Business Assistance


Other Resources