SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In response to the COVID-19 outbreak which is forcing small businesses, restaurants, bars and other establishments to temporarily close their doors to the public, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is highlighting resources available to help businesses and workers secure assistance.
“The abrupt outbreak of COVID-19 is presenting unprecedented social and economic challenges for our community as it continues to spread across the state, country and even globally,” Scherer said. “The unfortunate statewide closure of small and locally owned businesses has displaced hundreds of workers who are now in need of employment, and we are actively exploring all options to provide financial assistance through government action.”
Scherer is encouraging small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to submit information to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), which is working in consultation with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer financial assistance during this unprecedented public health crisis.
“The disruption of our daily lives due to the spread of this virus is only temporary, but uncertainties remain as the situation continues to evolve,” said Scherer. “The importance of complying with guidance offered by local, state and federal officials and public health experts cannot be overstated as we continue enduring these difficult times.”
For more information or additional resources, please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website. Residents are also encouraged to contact Rep. Scherer’s district office at (217) 877-9639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.