Region 2/McLean County Tier 3 

Mitigation Measures

Effective 11/20/2020

As a small business owner, we want you to be aware of Executive Order #73 issued by the Governor's office on November 18th.


This Executive Order indicates that due to the recent surge of cases across Illinois, all regions of the State have triggered additional Tier 3 mitigation strategies.

  • Tier 3 Mitigations aim to limit gatherings and encourage people to stay home to the greatest extent possible while permitting some industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place.

  • All detailed Phase 4 operational guidance remains in effect.

  • Where Phase 4 guidance and Tier 3 Mitigations imply different standards, the more restrictive Tier 3 Mitigations will apply.

  • School districts and local officials should follow extensive guidance released by IDPH and ISBE in August and make decisions related to in-person and remote learning at the local level, based on the unique needs of their communities.

  • Child care facilities may continue to operate subject to DCFS guidelines.

  • This Executive Order supersedes Executive Order #43.

  • These Tier 3 Mitigation measures are effective starting Friday, November 20th, and are in effect for ALL Regions 1-11.

  • See latest Restore Illinois Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigation FAQ document (updated 11/19/2020) 

For more information regarding the Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan:


Our SBDC team's goal is to point you to accurate and reliable resources you can use to make informed decisions regarding this announcement.


Consider these five actions when responding to this and future Executive Orders, Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan changes, and/or local mitigation efforts:​

  1. Educate yourself on the appropriate laws, orders, and guidelines relevant to your business at the federal, state, and local levels as well as how your local community is responding. 

  2. Consider multiple "what-if" scenarios to plan for and think through the pros-cons of each scenario as well as your possible responses/actions. 

  3. Decide how you and your business will respond to the laws, orders, and guidelines through actions, policies, and decisions. Repeat this step every few weeks as the situation evolves. 

  4. Communicate with your team (both employees and professional resources your business relies upon) transparently and frequently.

  5. Communicate with your customers transparently and frequently to share any changes and/or decisions you make. 



Local/McLean County level resources:

  1. McLean County Health Department 

  2. McLean County Government COVID-19 information 

  3. Bloomington-Normal COVID-19 Information - including employment, community, business, and hospitality resources

  4. Economic Development/COVID-19 Resources for Bloomington, IL Businesses

  5. Economic Development for Normal, IL Businesses 

  6. IL SBDC of McLean County COVID-19 Resources page 

State of Illinois level resources:

  1. Governor Issued Disaster Proclamation, Executive orders, & Administrative orders, 

  2. Illinois Dept of Public HealthWorkplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses

  3. IL DCEO - Restore IL Resurgence Plan

  4. Phase 4 Guidelines and Industry Toolkits 

  5. Phase 4 Guidelines FAQs for Businesses as of October 30th

  6. Mitigation measures effective Wednesday, November 4th

  7. IL DCEO - State of Illinois Financial Aid & Programs to Small Businesses

Federal level resources:

  1. US Dept of Health & Human Services - Laws & Regulations 

  2. Center for Disease and Control & Prevention - Resources for Businesses and Workplaces 

  3. SBA's Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Resources

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Our SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Wesleyan University, the City of Bloomington, and the Town of Normal. 

Small Busness Administration
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economc Opportunity
City of Bloomington, IL
Town of Normal, IL