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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

DuPage County Allocates $2.5 Million to Help Struggling Bars, Restaurants

During a special call meeting Tuesday, the DuPage County Board approved $2.5 million in additional CARES Act funds to help bars and restaurants that are financially struggling due to the mitigation measures ordered by the State of Illinois.

On Oct. 23, as part of the State’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced restrictions on bars and restaurants in Region 8, which includes DuPage County. The order banned indoor dining and bar services and restricted the capacity allowed for indoor events and gatherings. Further restrictions put in place on Nov. 11 reduced seating capacity at outdoor tables from 10 to six people.

“We understand the severity and the danger associated with this virus, but we also understand the negative economic impacts these orders will have on our businesses. We are dedicating millions to provide relief to local businesses while we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin.

The $2.5 million will be disbursed through the Reinvest DuPage program. Launched by the County in May, the Reinvest DuPage program has provided $21 million in funds for small businesses to help sustain the local economy. Interested businesses may apply for assistance beginning Wednesday morning at the Choose DuPage online portal.

Eligible establishments must be located within the geographic boundaries of DuPage County, derive more than 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of food or liquor, and demonstrate an annual revenue of less than $4 million. The maximum amount any applicant may receive is $15,000. Restaurants and bars must also be in compliance with the Governor’s executive orders to be eligible to receive funding.

Choose DuPage will continue to administer the program, and the application portal will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. For more information about the Reinvest DuPage program or information about how to apply, please contact Choose DuPage at (630) 955-2090 or visit www.choosedupage.com.