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Update 4/23/2020

Please note new times below for the racial equity tele-town halls today and this weekend.


Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot yesterday introduced a landmark ordinance to protect workers from termination or demotion if they are unable to work due to a public health directive. The proposed COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance will ensure that employees will be able to remain at home if they have COVID-19 symptoms or are subject to a quarantine isolation order without fear of being fired. This groundbreaking piece of legislation builds on Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to give extra protections to essential workers during this critical time.

Under the COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance, an employer cannot terminate or demote an employee for staying home from work due to a public health order issued by the Mayor, the Governor of Illinois, the Chicago Department of Public Health, or a healthcare provider. Under current Public Health Orders, this includes anyone that is staying home because they:

·     Are sick with symptoms of COVID-19

·     Work at a business deemed non-essential by Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order

·     Have been ordered to quarantine or isolate due to exposure to someone with COVID-19

Under the proposed ordinance, any individual who is fired or demoted for following one of these directives may submit a complaint to the Office of Labor Standards within the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP). Violations of the ordinance can lead to fines of up to $1,000 per offense per day. Additionally, employees that are wrongfully terminated may file a civil lawsuit for up to three times the full amount of wages they would have been owed.

What's New

·     Housing Relief – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot introduced an ordinance that would create a new $3 million emergency relief package to stabilize affordable housing developments across Chicago and keep thousands of men, women, and children safe and secure in their homes during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Relief for Affordable Multifamily Properties Program (ERAMP) ordinance will support up to 3,400 low-income households in 40 properties with grants or no-interest, deferred payment loans of up to $75,000 to affordable housing owners to help cover lost rent, general operating expenses, additional cleaning and other COVID-19-related costs. The ERAMP program will go into effect upon approval by City Council. Applicants must complete an online application that will be hosted on the Department of Housing’s website.

·     Cloth Mask Drive - The City of Chicago is launching the “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” citywide cloth mask drive on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Through the citywide drive, residents can make and donate homemade cloth masks that will be provided to homeless shelters, community health clinics, and other organizations to prevent outbreaks among the City’s most high-risk residents. For information on how to donate, go to


·     Tele-Town Halls - The City's Racial Equity Rapid Response Team (RERRT) is partnering with local community organizations and will host three tele-town halls to provide targeted information and receive direct input from residents in communities that have been most heavily impacted. The three communities identified for initial engagement are Austin, Auburn Gresham, and South Shore. The town halls will be streamed live through each organization’s social media platforms. Please note the time change:

·     Thursday, April 23: 5:30-7:00pm: South Shore Works (@southshoreworks)

·     Saturday, April 25: 10:30am-12:00pm: Greater Auburn Gresham DC (@gagdcchicago)

·     Saturday, April 25: 1:00-2:30pm: Austin Coming Together (@act.chicago)

·     Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund - The Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund will provide $100 million in low-interest loans for Chicago's small businesses that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The applications for a loan through the Fund will close on Friday, April 24. All interested business owners can apply at

·     Small Business Resource Navigator - BACP's Small Business Resource Navigator program is providing individualized support to neighborhood small businesses as they seek financial support and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the program, 10 business support organizations located throughout the City provide assistance via phone or video call in multiple languages. Check out this fact sheet for details on how to make an appointment.

·     Smart 911 - Sign up for Smart 911 and create a safety profile for yourself and your family. In the event of an emergency, your Safety Profile is made available to call takers the moment your phone or one associated with your account dials 9-1-1. The service is free and sign up can be completed in minutes at

Latest Public Health Guidance

·     Individuals
·     Face Coverings
·     Testing
·     Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household
·     Older Adults and Other People at Higher Risk
·     Children
·     Pregnant Women
·     Critical Infrastructure Workers
·     Construction Workers
·     Transit Workers
·     Rideshare, Taxi, and Limo Drivers - NEW!
·     Food and Grocery Pick-up and Delivery Drivers - NEW!
·     Mail and Parcel Delivery Drivers - NEW!
·     Travelers
·     City of Chicago Employees
·     Healthcare Professionals


·     Businesses and Employers
·     Grocery Stores
·     Food Service
·     Homeless Shelters
·     COVID-19 Screening Tool
·     Congregate Living Facilities
·     Residential Buildings
·     Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities
·     Parks and Recreational Facilities
·     Correctional and Detention Facilities
·     Community- and Faith-based Organizations
·     Hotels
·     Schools
·     Childcare Programs
·     Institutions of Higher Education
·     Funeral Homes

Join the Fight against COVID-19

Job Opportunities

·     Medical Assistants
·     Nurses


·     Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
·     A Better Chicago’s Emergency Relief Fund
·     CPS Compassion Fund for COVID-19 Closures
·     Red Cross Blood Donations
·     PPE & Medical Supplies


·     Greater Chicago Food Depository
·     My Block, My Hood, My City
·     Lakeview Pantry
·     New Life Centers
·     Chicago Medical Reserve Corps
·     American Red Cross
·     Top Box Foods


For more information, visit