Today, Mayor Raymond P. Rogina, who also serves as St. Charles Liquor Control Commissioner, executed two emergency orders in an effort to support St. Charles restaurants and pubs during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. On March 16, Governor J.B. Pritzker mandated restaurants and bars close for onsite consumption through March 30 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The following guidelines from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission were issued March 19, 2020.
1) Qualifying licensed bars and restaurants now will be able to deliver alcohol that is in original, sealed packaging for off-site, legal consumption. In the City of St Charles this includes Class B and C license holders.
2) City of St. Charles liquor licenses expiring April 30, 2020, are extended to May 31, 2020.
Help for Small Businesses
Governor Pritzker announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Illinois’ eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans. To learn more and apply, https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, or call (800) 659-2955, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have always been a champion of our local businesses,” said Mayor Rogina. “In addition to the SBA program, I have spoken with bankers in St. Charles and if you are a local business that ‘banks local,’ you may want to contact them as well. Please know we are constantly reviewing ways to help our residents and businesses as we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis together.”