COVID-19 Cancellations And Closures

COVID-19 Cancellations And Closures




Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essentials. Pritzker’s order is set to expire April 30th, still allows the state’s 12.6 million residents to head outside to buy groceries and medicine.

Please use this information as a guide for Cancellations and Closures.  Keep in mind that some businesses that are considered “Essential Services” may be closed or experiencing limited hours or locations during this time.  If your business is considered Essential and you are limiting hours, locations or are closed at this time, please submit THIS FORM to NowDecatur. 

***If your business is closed due to the state-mandated Stay At Home Order, please do not submit a form. You can find a list of changes to any essential services listed below, as well as any cancellations or closures announced for AFTER April 30th.  You may submit a form for any events or closures planned for AFTER the April 30th order. 

So what are “Essential Services”?

– Healthcare and Public Health Operations i.e. hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; licensed medical cannabis dispensaries and licensed cannabis cultivation centers; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; and entities that transport and dispose of medical materials and remains.

– Essential Infrastructure i.e. food production, distribution, and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; utilities; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; internet, video, and telecommunications systems.

– Essential Governmental Functions

– Stores that sell groceries.

– Food, beverage, and cannabis production and agriculture. Includes businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities for animals as well.

– Organizations that provide charitable and social services.

– Media outlets.

– Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation.

– Financial Services – Banks, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, etc.

– Hardware and supply stores.

– Critical trades i.e. plumbers, electricians, exterminators, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

– Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services.

– Educational institutions – These are subject to restrictions in prior Executive Orders such as e-learning and K-12 school closures through April 7, 2020.

– Laundry services.

– Restaurants for consumption off-premises i.e. in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up

– Business that provide supplies to work from home.

– Business that provide supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations.

– Transportation i.e. airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, and other private, public, and commercial transportation and logistics providers)

– Business for home-based care and services for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness.

– Residential facilities and shelters.

– Professional service (i.e attorneys, accountants, real estate, insurance).

– Daycare centers for employees exempted by this Order – please call your childcare facility first.

– Businesses that manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries – items such as pharmaceuticals, technology, healthcare, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, construction, national defense, and communications.

– Critical labor union functions.

– Hotels and motels.

– Funeral services.

To be clear, even if you work in one of these sectors, your employer should allow you to work from home or take steps to implement social distancing, but they may still require you to come into work when you and your family are healthy.

What’s closed?

The following must be closed:

– dine-in restaurants,

– bars and restaurants,

– entertainment venues (movie theaters, live theaters, stadiums, etc.),

– gyms and fitness studios,

– public events and gatherings

– convention centers.


Changes to Essential Services:

  • AMELCA food pantry will be closed until further notice
  • Central Illinois Christians in Mission: will be closed until further notice.
  • Decatur Conference Center and Hotel will be closed until April 7th
  • Decatur Earthmover Credit Union: The Drive-ups at our Dividend Location and Paris Location will continue operating with the following hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  We are temporarily suspending drive-up services at our other locations (Aldi Drive, Edward Street in Decatur & Marion Drive in Forsyth). We will only be accepting night drops at the Dividend and Paris locations. – Our Contact Center will be operating Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. – We will not be accepting real estate loan applications through our website at this time. However, our mortgage department is still available via phone. Give us a call! – As a reminder, we are waiving all foreign ATM transaction fees for members until April 15, 2020. This means our members can use non-Earthmover ATMs without being charged a fee by Earthmover. You may still have to pay a surcharge fee from that ATM’s institution. Here is a list of ATM locations that won’t charge a fee with a DECU card.
  • Decatur Housing Authority: The offices of Decatur Housing Authority will be closed to the public through the shutdown order. DHA staff will still be available by telephone. Rent payments may still be made by mail or dropbox. You may report income changes by phone during this time period. Necessary forms will also be available outside of our door at the main office located at 1808 E. Locust Street.
  • Decatur Park District is closing its golf courses, dog parks and all public playgrounds on District property until further notice.
  • Decatur Police Department: The DPD lobby will close to the public until further notice. If you have an emergency, you are still directed to call 911. For non-emergencies and for citizens needing to file a police report, register or in need of any other information from DPD, you are directed to call 217-424-2711 in lieu of coming to the police department to speak directly with an officer.
  • Good Samaritan Inn: will be serving hot noon meals in a grab and go capacity from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, 7 days a week.
  • Forsyth Village Hall is closed to the general public; however, Village services will continue to be provided to the extent possible. Utility customers with questions regarding their utility bills are encouraged to call Village Hall at 877-9445. As always, payment of utility bills can be done via mail, online, or via a drop box located on the north exterior wall of Village Hall, located at 301 South Route 51.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services: announces that all Division of Rehabilitation Services’ Offices will close until the end of the shutdown and all Family Community Resource Centers will remain open with reduced staff to follow the Center for Disease Control social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus situation. While FCRCs remain open, IDHS highly encourages customers who can apply for and manage their benefits online to do so at or by calling the ABE Call Center at 1-800-843-6154.
  • Illinois Department of Labor: Cancels All Scheduled Hearings Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus Concerns.
  • Illinois Secretary of State: Jesse White is announcing that all offices, including Driver Services facilities statewide, will be closed. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations, and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule.
  • Illinois workNet One-Stop Center and Workforce Investment Solutions: Illinois workNet One-Stop Center and Workforce Investment Solutions will be closed. Staff will be able to work with customers via emails, webinars, and phone. All events have been canceled until further notice. Events include: hiring events, workshops, and orientations
  • Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU):  announced today that all LLCU offices throughout central Illinois will begin operating as DRIVE-UP ONLY facilities beginning Thursday, March 19th until further notice.
  • Macon County Courthouse: Macon County Court will reduce operations to essential court functions until further notice. For more information click here.
  • Macon County Jail: The Macon County Jail will suspend all public on-site inmate visitation until further notice. Off-site visits with inmates will still be allowed via remote visitation through the visitation website at
  • Northeast Community Fund:  Northeast Community Fund will operate its food pantry as a “drive-through” pantry during regular pantry hours.  Clients are asked to drive to the south side of the building and remain in their cars so that staff and volunteers can load food boxes into vehicles.  The drive-through will exit onto the Community Care Campus and back onto King St.  Walk-ups will be accepted.
  • Social Security Offices: All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service until further notice. Our secure and convenient online services remain available at  Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.

Non-Essential Closings/ Cancellations Announced For After April 30th Order:

  • SIUE: It is with great disappointment that we must announce the postponement of all SIUE spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. This includes the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Announcements will be forthcoming for students, parents, faculty, and staff with further details
  • The Children’s Museum of Illinois has made the difficult decision to cancel our Fairy Tale Ball event scheduled for May 15th and 16th. Guests who have already registered are able to apply the value of the registration for Museum Credit to be used toward future events and/or programming, donate the value of their registration to the Museum to assist in offsetting losses incurred during our closure, or obtain a refund.

If your business is considered Essential and you are limiting hours, locations or are closed at this time, please submit THIS FORM to NowDecatur.

***If your business is closed due to the state-mandated Stay At Home Order, please do not submit a form. You can find a list of changes to any essential services listed below, as well as any cancellations or closures announced for AFTER April 30th.  You may submit a form for any events or closures planned for AFTER the April 30th order.

Stay at Home Order FAQ’s

Stay at Home Order FAQ’s

March 21, 2020 – Below are common frequently asked questions regarding the Governor’s Stay at Home Order.

When does the order take effect?

The order will take effect Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CST.

Where does the Stay at Home order apply?

The Governor’s executive order includes the entire state. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you should stay home. Work from home is permitted and encouraged where possible.

Is this mandatory or just guidance?

This order is mandatory. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations, please stay home.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. The Illinois State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order but adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.

Will the Illinois National Guard be enforcing this order?

No. The Illinois National Guard will be supporting logistics, transportation, and medical response efforts. The Guard will not be enforcing this order.

I work in an essential service. How will the police know I’m allowed to be outside my house?

Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries or just taking a walk. People gathering in groups over 10 may be asked to social distance or go home. Illinoisans should abstain from all nonessential activities. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.

Will grocery stores be open?

Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:

  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Police stations
  • Fire stations
  • Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
  • Garbage/sanitation
  • Public transportation
  • Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines
  • A full list can be found in the executive order 2020-10 or at

How can I get medical care if I need it?

If you are feeling sick, do not present at a hospital emergency room or doctor’s office immediately unless it is a true emergency. Please first call your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician in place at this time, you may call DMH Medical Group at (217) 876-2856, Crossing Healthcare at (217) 877-9117 or SIU at (217) 872-3800. HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine Forsyth is operating a regional respiratory hub. Their hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call your primary care provider if you have any questions. Memorial Health System is operating a respiratory screening clinic at its DMH Express Care East location to screen people for the COVID-19 virus. The clinic at 4455 U.S. Route 36 East will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People coming to the respiratory clinic should call (217) 876-1200 before they arrive. Patients and visitors to healthcare facilities should be prepared to be screened before entering.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State Operated Developmental Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Community Integrated Living Arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.

If you have any specific questions about your support and services, please reach out to your provider or Individual Service Coordination (ISC) Agency. To receive updated information on DDD services, please sign up for our email database, or to update your contact and service information, please visit

What if I still have to go to work?

Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder), you should stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing. If you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

What if I think my business should be closed but I’m still being asked to operate?

Essential businesses will remain open during the Stay at Home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Illinoisans. Those businesses include, but are not limited to, pharmacies, certain government offices, day care centers that provide care for the children of essential employees, and restaurants providing take-out meals. If you work for an essential business, you should continue to practice social distancing and should stay at home outside of work hours. If you believe your business is nonessential but are still being asked to show up to work, you may discuss with your employer.

Can I order food/groceries?

Yes, grocery delivery will be available as well as meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options.

A certain service is essential for me, but the Governor didn’t include it, what do I do?

The Stay at Home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Illinoisans. While some businesses like fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available.

Will public transportation and ridesharing be available?

Public transportation and ridesharing should be used for essential travel only. When possible, walk or drive yourself.

Will roads in Illinois be closed?

No, the roads will not be closed in Illinois. You should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.

Can I take a flight out of state?

Planes and any other form of travel should only be used for essential purposes.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and urged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. You may call the domestic violence hotline at 1-877-863-6338 or contact your local law enforcement.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members or friends who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate supply of food.

Can I return home if I’m in another location?


Are packages still being delivered?


What about my pet?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Does the Stay at Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park? 

State parks will be closed during the Stay at Home order. Families will still be able to go outside and enjoy green spaces at local parks, take a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Keep in mind, the Decatur Park District has closed golf courses, dog parks and all public playgrounds on District property until further notice.

What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?

Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.

Can I leave home to exercise?

Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Can I pick up meals being provided by my child’s school?

Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pick-up and take-home basis.

Can I go out to do laundry?

Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses that will remain open.

Can I take my child to day care?

If you are considered an essential worker under the Order, you can take your child to a day care that is licensed on an emergency basis for the purpose of childcare for essential workers. Licensed day care homes for up to 12 children will be closed but may reopen as an unlicensed day care home for up to 6 children.

IHSA Cancels Winter State Series Postseason Tournaments

IHSA Cancels Winter State Series Postseason Tournaments

March 12, 2020 – The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on March 12, 2020, that it has canceled its remaining winter State Series postseason tournaments, which include Boys Basketball, Scholastic Bowl, Drama & Group Interpretation, Music, Debate and Journalism, over concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding that we have received from everyone involved in this process over the past 72 hours,” said Craig Anderson. “We have stressed the fluidity of this situation and have been transparent about the possibility that a suspension or cancellation could occur. While we had support from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria City/County Health Department to continue our events with limited spectators, it has become untenable to continue the events among our member schools. Multiple schools who are participating or hosting these sports and activities have been forced to withdraw from those roles, clarifying the need for the IHSA to take definitive action. The Board considered suspending the events, but after deliberate discussion, did not believe that was a realistic option within the timeline. We feel for everyone who has been impacted, but must put the health and safety of all involved ahead of these events.”

The IHSA has not made any decisions related to spring sport tournaments at this time.

“It is too early to make any decisions regarding IHSA spring state final tournaments,” said Anderson. “We respect the NCAA’s decision to cancel its spring championships, but also recognize that the exposure and travel by our high school teams is not as expansive as collegiate teams. At this juncture, we recommend that all IHSA spring sport teams consult their local health departments, and follow their recommendations on if and how to proceed with practices and regular-season contests.”

Anderson added, “I also want to commend the coaches and administrators from the Class 1A and Class 2A boys basketball state finalists who traveled to Peoria today. While obviously disappointed, they conducted themselves with the utmost class as we charted this unprecedented situation together.”

Governor Issues Disaster Declaration in Response to COVID-19

Governor Issues Disaster Declaration in Response to COVID-19

March 9, 2020 – Governor JB Pritzker has issued a state disaster proclamation as four new cases of COVID-19 are reported in Illinois.  This brings the total to 11, however, all of the identified patients are in the Chicago area.  Gov. Pritzker says officials are holding daily briefings on the Coronavirus to keep the public informed. The disaster proclamation will let the state recoup response costs from the Federal government and authorizes the Governor to activate Illinois National Guard reservists, some of whom may be doctors or nurses.  Listen to the full press conference now: 



South Shores Chess Team Places Top 10

South Shores Chess Team Places Top 10

March 5, 2020 – The South Shores Elementary School Super Stars Chess Team placed 8th in the Illinois Elementary School Association All-State chess tournament finals The finals were hosted in Peoria at the end of February.  The finals competition includes brackets for 6th, 7th and 8th grades competition. 44 schools participated in the event. The Superstars of South Shores, comprised of Christian Morrison, Caleb Berg, Isaac Pundt, RaeZhane Jones, Kaylyn Eckart, and Markeylon Gray, competed in the 6th grade division.  The top individual scorer was RaeZhane Jones, placing 18th out of 176 players. 

DPS 61 Holds Job Expo for Students

DPS 61 Holds Job Expo for Students

March 3rd, 2020 – The 3rd annual DPS 61 Job Expo began at MacArthur High School, with students sophomore through senior being exposed to resources in the community for part time or full time jobs or continuing their educationA variety of business are on hand to talk to students, ranging from community organizations, food service, health care and more. 

Memorial Featuring the Names of 7000 Fallen Soliders Coming to Decatur

Memorial Featuring the Names of 7000 Fallen Soliders Coming to Decatur

March 2, 2020 – 28 foot long and 6 foot high memorial featuring the names of almost 7000 fallen soldiers is coming to the Decatur Library in April.  The Fallen Heroes memorial is an American flag made of dog tags with the names of fallen soldiers since Sept. 11, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2019. The memorial is owned by Richmond Virginia based “Veterans and Athletes United” and has not been displayed outside of the east coast until now.  Bringing the memorial to Decatur was the work of Ayn (Ann) Owens, founder of History of the HeartlandLocal soldiers listed on the memorial include Marine Pvt Jonathan Gifford of Decatur, Army Spc. Karen Clifton of Mt. Zion and Army Sgt Jesse Tilton of Decatur. Also to be honored with the display is Navy Petty Officer Logan Palmer of Harristown.  Palmer’s name is not on the Memorial.  The Exhibit will be featured at the Library from April 30th to May 2nd 

Local Girl Receives Cancer Treatment Thanks to Blackhawks Player

Local Girl Receives Cancer Treatment Thanks to Blackhawks Player

February 25th, 2020 – After having issues with headaches and ear problems, Bement High School grad and current Indiana State University Junior, Lauren Gross, was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma in 2016.  But even going through treatment, multiple biopsies and surgeries, her love for the Chicago Blackhawks never wavered. Her brother, Connor Gross, reached out to the Make A Wish foundation and, in 2017, Lauren got the chance to spend the day with her beloved Blackhawks; attending practice, having lunch with her favorite players and taking in a game.  That once-in-a- lifetime experience has turned into a lifesaving opportunity for Gross and her family.

Since that Make-A-Wish experience, the Blackhawks organization has maintained contact with the family about her condition. Recently, Gross’s doctor told the family about a new drug trial that would consist of at least 9 trips to Philadelphia for treatment. No easy feat due to treatment expenses and travel. It looked as if the trial might not be a possibility for Gross.

The Blackhawks organization learned about the drug trial and the hardship it would cause the family.  That’s when Ducan Keith, defenceman and an alternate captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, stepped in.  Keith volunteered to pay for the entire treatment for Gross through his Keith Relief Foundation. Gross was surprised with a phone call from Duncan Keith himself to tell her the good news.

Gross has qualified for the drug trial and will hopefully begin treatment soon. Hear the full story from Gross’s brother Connor in the podcast below as well as the video of her receiving the phone call from Duncan Keith.

Elite Energy Show Choir Continues Winning Streak

Elite Energy Show Choir Continues Winning Streak

February 24, 2020 – The Elite Energy Show choir continued a winning streak this weekend after winning the Grand Championship at the El Paso-Gridley Show Choir Showdown.  In Addition, the group took home awards for Best Ballad of Shows, Best Stage Presence of Show and Best Vocals. The competition included 17 mixed groups, 3 all female groups, a men’s group and 5 middle schools.  This was the second big win for the Elite Energy.  Last weekend, the show choir took home the award of Grand Champions, best costume, best band and best vocals at the Danville Midwest Classic.  

Sheriff’s Office Stepping Up Patrols At Mall

Sheriff’s Office Stepping Up Patrols At Mall

February 21, 2020 – The Macon County Sheriff’s office is stepping up patrols at Hickory Point Matt and surrounding businesses in Forsyth in response to complaints about disorderly teens. According to the Sheriff’s office, over the past couple of weekends, theyhave responded to an increase number of calls in Forsyth regarding groups of teenagers congregating at the Mall. Deputies have taken reports on incidents of property damage to a vehicle and employee harassment. Deputies have also received complaints about teens walking in the roadways causing traffic hazards. In addition to the extra patrols, the Sheriff’s Office is asking parents of teens who visit the Mall to make sure the teens are supervised or talk to them about safety and behavior.