Village's Coronavirus Relief Initiative

Village Initiative on Proposed Coronavirus Relief Package
Posted on 05/14/2020
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Recognizing the significant economic strain our small businesses and residents are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village Board will review a proposed Coronavirus Relief Package at its virtual meeting held on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Small Business Relief Program

The proposed small business relief package presented to the Village Board for consideration includes providing zero-percent interest loans of up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses in the community. Loans will be distributed to eligible businesses until funding is no longer available. Loans would be paid back over a two-year period, starting in 2021.

The waiving of certain business-related fees in an effort to adding more money into the pockets of our small businesses will also be included in the proposal.

Adding more funds to the relief package for small businesses may be considered at a later date.

Additional Financial Assistance for Residents

The proposed Coronavirus Relief Package also includes consideration of supplementing the Village’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance to qualifying residents, by transferring federal funds the Village receives from the Community Development Block Grant-CV program. The transfer of the funds is subject to a required public hearing and other criteria.

Creation of Downtown Pedestrian Zone/ Arlington Alfresco

Once small businesses and restaurants are allowed to open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that protocols will be in place that may reduce capacity and include social distancing requirements. The Village’s Coronavirus Relief Package includes a proposal to close portions of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street in the Downtown to create a pedestrian-only zone that will enable restaurants and stores to utilize space in the streets and the sidewalks in front of their business to add more outdoor dining and merchandise displays for stores.

Included in the plan is the ability for restaurants outside of the downtown to use part of their private parking areas for outdoor dining.

If the Village Board approves of the Downtown Pedestrian Zone and Outdoor Dining concept, details of the plan will be finalized for implementation during the reopening phase of the State’s Restore Illinois program.

While the Village continues to explore what it can do in terms of financial relief and other initiatives for residents and businesses suffering economic strain during COVID-19, residents support of our good neighbors and beloved businesses and restaurants also provides a significant impact. If you need to buy something or look forward to getting your favorite meal, think of our local restaurants and stores first. If you wish to help local families with much-needed emergency funding at this time, please consider donating to Arlington Cares.

This new initiative is in addition to the assistance the Village has already provided and will continue to provide businesses and residents, like the Emergency Assistance Fund for residents, referrals to assistance information, allowing restaurants to sell sealed beer and wine curbside, deferral of certain licenses and fees, and creation of window posters and curbside signage for restaurants, as well as promoting businesses through social media.