The DeKalb County Board and City Mayors need to step up and offer support to those businesses that have been challenged by Governor Pritzker’s mandates.
Businesses that have been closed or limited to the opportunity to stay open need to see some relief from creative government officials. Governor Pritzker’s latest closures in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kankakee could spell the end for some businesses. DeKalb County (in Region 1) may have sanctions extended.
The City of Naperville is trying to be more pro-active. The Naperville City Council is granting a six-month waiver of certain liquor and tobacco licensing fees to provide some relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and additional closures.
The Naperville City Council unanimously approved the measure at Tuesday’s night meeting, just hours after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced more stringent restrictions will be beginning Friday in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kankakee counties. Mitigation efforts include banning indoor service at bars and restaurants across the two public health regions—which encompass all of Naperville—and limiting gatherings to 25 people or 25% of capacity.