Governor’s Office June 4th COVID-19 Q&A Highlights


Restore Illinois

Q: Will business owners need a permit to host a fitness class at a State Park, which they

normally do, or will permits be waived?

A: Activity permits for state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites

are required only for events which draw 25 people or more; However, gatherings of more than

10 people are currently prohibited under Phase 3 guidance. Individuals should adhere to

current public health directives and social distancing guidelines.


Q: Illinois private event venue owners are starting to get a little frustrated that there is no clear

guidance on how/when they can open. Can guidance be given?

A: Under Phase 3, gatherings are limited to groups of 10. In Phase 4, they will be limited to

groups of 50. General social events are permitted within those parameters, with social

distancing and mask wearing. Please take a look at the retail guidelines for more information.

Please continue to check the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) website to determine

which phase your region is in and this web link for newly released guidance.


Q: Is there any updated information about libraries?

A: Libraries are managed by local units of government. Local units of government determine

the timeline and process associated with reopening libraries to the general public. They are

required to follow the general parameters associated with public gatherings outlined in the

Restore Illinois Plan and guidance from the state. Please continue to check IDPH’s website to

determine which phase your region is in and this web link for newly released guidance.


Q: Is there up to date guidance for churches to use?

A: Please refer to IDPH’s guidelines for churches. This guidance does not obligate or encourage

places of worship to resume in-person activity. It is strongly recommended that places of

worship continue to facilitate remote services, particularly for those who are vulnerable to

COVID-19, including older adults and those with co-morbidities. Please continue to check

IDPH’s website to determine which phase your region is in.



Q: What is the average waiting timeline between filing an unemployment claim, certifying, and

receiving the first payment?

A: The timeframe upon filing a claim and receiving a first payment is about 16-17 days. The

process is as follows:


Phase 1: The process begins when a claim is filed, which is the application process

undertaken to determine whether a filer qualifies for unemployment benefits.


Phase 2: Next, the filer must certify for the first time within two weeks after filing their

claim. Certifying is when the filer proves that they are able and available to work, are

actively seeking work, and report any income received. Every two weeks, the filer must



Phase 3: Once certified, it will be determined if the filer is eligible to receive benefits

based on the answers provided. If the filer is eligible to receive benefits, generally they

will receive a payment within 2 to 3 business days. Payments will be sent to their Key

Bank card; or if they set up direct deposit, payments will be deposited into their bank



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