Governor’s Office COVID-19 Q & A
June 2, 2020
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Q: Dentists have asked legislators to stress the need for greater access to PPE, as traditional procurement methods have been difficult to navigate. Would state purchasing, or purchasing through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) be a route dental offices could pursue?
A: The State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) has provided guidance to the Illinois State Dental Society to help dentists across the state procure the PPE needed to allow businesses to reopen while following the health and safety recommendations issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/routine-oral-and-dental-care.
As more private businesses, such as dental offices, look to restore services, they should utilize their existing contracts and suppliers to provide the necessary PPE to protect their customers and employees.
Q: Under Phase 3, can door to door sales continue?
A: Yes, door-to-door sales are permitted with social distancing. Please refer to IDPH guidelines to maximize healthy and safety. Please continue to check the IDPH website https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore to determine which phase your region is in and this web link for newly released guidance https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx.
Q: How long will the moratorium on evictions last?
A: The moratorium on evictions is extended through June 27, 2020 as stated in Executive Order 2020-39 https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-39.aspx.
Q: What phase or date can legislators share with museums and parks that they can prepare to open?
Update A: This decision will be led by the public health data. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working with IDPH to develop back to work safety guidelines. Please continue to check the IDPH’s website https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore to determine which phase your region is in and this web link for newly released guidance https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx.
Q: When will bowling alleys be able to open?
A: This decision will be led by the public health data. DCEO is working with IDPH to develop back to work safety guidelines. Please continue to check the IDPH’s website https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore to determine which phase your region is in and this web link for newly released guidance https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx.
Get Hired Program
Q: Residents have been asking questions pertaining to the Governor’s Get Hired IL program. Will Illinois be covering the fees Coursera charges in order to receive certification for successful completion of courses or are these the responsibility of the student?
A: Illinois residents can enroll in online courses for free through Coursera on this webpage and are encouraged to enroll between June 1 and September 30, 2020 https://www.illinoisworknet.com/Training/Pages/Coursera.aspx. All students seeking to participate in the free program must complete all courses by December 31, 2020. Students who do not complete their course by December 31st will have the option to continue and receive their credential at their own expense.
Here are the steps people can take to get started:
1. Create an Illinois workNet account https://www.illinoisworknet.com/Pages/Register.aspx?ReturnUrl=/
2. Visit the training page and click on the “Access Your Free Courses” button
3. Coursera will then send the individual an email so he or she can get started on their courses https://www.illinoisworknet.com/Training/Pages/Coursera.aspx