ILLINOIS GAMING UPDATE
August 25, 2020 – Governor Pritzker has ordered changes to Illinois Video Gaming in Region 4 (Metro East) and Region 7 (Northeastern Illinois) due to increasing positivity rates and other factors measured by the Illinois Department of Health’s regional metrics.
Ways to combat COVID-19
There are a variety of ways to combat the spread of COVID-19, from frequently cleaning high-touch surfaces to sending home employees who are sick and more. There is a lot of information available to location owners during this time, but we have compiled some of suggested establishment cleaning tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help assist your location during this time.
Basic Tips for Cleaning Your Establishment
Wear disposable gloves for all tasks in the cleaning and sanitizing process, including handling trash. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash. Gloves (and gowns, when necessary) should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area.
Clean surfaces using soap and water and practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces including tables, doorknobs, sinks, etc.
Disinfecting Your Location
Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant. It is recommended use of EPA-registered household disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
Many products recommend:
- Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
- Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Clean and Sanitize the Gaming Area
Ensure you are thoroughly cleaning the VGTs and Redemption Devices including armrest surfaces, button panels, cabinet surfaces. It is recommended to use a bleach-free disinfecting wipe to clean and sanitize the VGT. Bleach can hurt the surfaces of the VGT. When cleaning the machines, avoid abrasive cloths and towels, and keep liquids, aerosol sprays and bleaches away.
Diminishing the Risk
Make sure everyone in your establishment is doing their part to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Instruct your employees to follow proper hygiene and wash their hands often and keep workplace areas clean and disinfected. These general guidelines are critical to abide by, both in and outside of the establishment.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a sick person.
- Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
During this uncertain time, empower employees by developing policies for worker protection and provide cleaning training to all staff prior to proving cleaning tasks. Make sure that your employees are aware of the symptoms of COVID-19, and provide instruction about what to do if they develop symptoms.
Illinois Gaming Board
To prevent the further spread of the unprecedented COVID-19 virus and protect public health and safety, the Illinois Gaming Board has extended the suspension of all Illinois video gaming operations. Learn more.
It is essential to balance the impact coronavirus is having on businesses across the region. Lucky Street Gaming is here to help and support our clients in finding that balance however we can. We have created the Lucky StreetResource Program to help you navigate and understand the loans, grants, and programs available to you.
We will be updating this list as additional programs are created.
Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Resource Center offers listings of open restaurants, business closures, and learning opportunities. If you are a restaurant, RACVB will list the location and if you are open for delivery, carryout, or through a third-party delivery app. If you are a hotel or attraction, RACVB will list if you are open or what additional procedures you have in place to ensure the safety of your guests and staff.
Small Business Emergency Relief Fund of Rockford aids local businesses through the next 60-90 days until additional state and federal funds are made available. Your business should be a for-profit organization with less than 100 employees, have an average credit score, and a year of operations or other financial information to qualify. To learn more about this fund, contact John Phelps at John@rldc.us or Andrew Jury at Andrew@rldc.us or call at 815-987-8675.
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund offers small business loans low-interest loans up to $50,000. Your business should have less than 50 people and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 to qualify as a business outside of Chicago. Borrowers need to have experienced a 25% decrease in revenue as a direct result of COVID-19. Successful applicants will pay nothing for six months. These loans are 5-year, 3% simple annual interest loans. Please be aware that non-profits and farms are not eligible.
The United States Small Business Administration has several programs to help businesses through this time, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance, SBA Debt Relief, and SBA Express Bridge Loans.
Private Organization Programs
Facebook Small Business Grant is offering $100 million in grants to companies experiencing disruption during this outbreak. The specifics of this program have yet to be released. This information will be updated as more information is made public.
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