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Stay-At-Home Order Issued

Governor JB Pritzker announced a “Stay-At-Home” order that will go into effect on Saturday, March 21, at 5:00 p.m. Click here to read frequently asked questions related to this executive order.

Curious to know which businesses are open and operating during COVID-19? Visit to find a list of area businesses and what services they are currently providing.

Curbside Pickup and Drive-Thru

The State of Illinois ordered all bars and restaurants to close. For a listing of establishments offering drive-thru and curbside pickup, click here.

Downtown Curbside Pickup

The City has bagged meters with blue coverings that include the message “Curbside Pickup Parking Only” in an effort to support downtown food establishments during the recently announced dine-in closures. Those ordering food and beverages from the following locations now have designated spots for “Curbside Pickup”. Saputos; Vele; Custom Cup; Anchors Away; Head West Subs; Obed and Isaacs; La Piazza; Maldaners; Jerk Shop Go; Augies Front Burner; Long Nine Junction; Feed Store; Café Moxo; Arlington’s; Anvil & Forge.


The Sangamon Mass Transit District (SMTD) announced that all bus travel must be for essential services only and SMTD will end night service at 9:00 p.m. Riders do NOT need to pay to ride any SMTD fixed route bus or the Access Sangamon paratransit service. For more information about bus service click here.


If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, access free childcare, or other essential services, please call 211 or visit the United Way website here.

To be connected to the United Way of Central Illinois, click here.

Free Internet Assistance

Comcast is taking steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households. For more information, click here.


Rental Assistance
  • Capital Township Office: 217.525.1736
  • Catholic Charities: 217.523.
  • Fifth Street Renaissance: 217.544.5040
  • Salvation Army: 217.525.2196
  • Sangamon County Community Resources: 217.535.3120
Utility Assistance
  • LIHEAP: 217.535.3120
  • United Way: 211
  • Abundant Faith Ministries: 217.527.1006
Mortgage Assistance
  • Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network: 855.533.7411


Even though schools are closed during this pandemic, free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch services are being offered at various schools around the community. For locations and times of service click here.

Other Free Meal Options
  • McAlister's Deli: 217.210.0695, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sandwich, chips, cookie
  • Hy-vee Sandwich Area: 217.726.1001, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit
  • El Dorado Mexican Grill: 217.679.5271, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch kids meals
  • Great House BBQ: 217.572.1744. Call for kids menu
  • Chaditos's Mexican American Grill: 217.529.8226, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Kids meal tacos
  • Wing Stop: 217.679.4229, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 5 boneless wings and fries (may need student ID or call ahead to place order)
  • Mariah's Steak House: 217.793.1900. Call a day ahead of time. They will have meal ready and waiting for you to drive-up


Do you need assistance or looking to help? A Facebook community group is available for the different situations that come up daily during COVID-19.
Visit the site today to get connected.


As part of the above initiative, there are various “micro-pantries” set-up throughout Springfield. These locations have pantries/sheds where community members are encouraged to replenish with non-perishable food items, while individuals in need can take necessary items to ensure food for their families. Everything is free. There are many located throughout the area including the two sites listed below.

  • Southeast High School, 2350 E. Ash Street
  • Downtown Springfield, 422 S. 5th Street, Department of Public Health (Bell Building)

You may also connect through the Central Illinois Foodbank for food distribution sites.


The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and United Way have partnered together with $50,000 in seed money to start the COVID-19 Response Fund. So far, donors have contributed more than $120,000 and already deployed its first grant of $30,000 to the Central Illinois Foodbank. This grant will be used to purchase non-perishable foods for an increasing number of Springfield-area families and individuals facing food insecurity.

Organizations seeking to apply for funding, click here

Those interested in donating to the fund, click here.


The City is closely following the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Below is a summary of what is currently in the bill, which was passed by the Senate on Wednesday, March 25. The bill is making its way through the legislative process, so there may be changes. Below is a summary of the current bill.

State and Local Governments

The agreement would provide $150 billion for state and local governments, with $8 billion set aside for local governments, which are bleeding tax revenue as only essential businesses remain open and unemployment claims climb by the tens of thousands every day.

Checks to Households

All U.S. residents with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) would get a $1,200 ($2,400 for couples) “rebate” payment. They are also eligible for an additional $500 per child. The payments would start phasing out for earners above those income thresholds and would not go to single filers earning more than $99,000; head-of-household filers with one child, more than $146,500; and more than $198,000 for joint filers with no children.


People who are unemployed would get an extra $600 per week for up to four months, on top of state unemployment benefits to make up for 100 percent of lost wages. It will also raise the maximum unemployment insurance benefit by $600 per week. It will apply to traditional workers for small and large businesses as well as those who are self-employed and workers in the gig economy.

Health Care

More than $150 billion for the health care system, including funding for hospitals, research, treatment and the Strategic National Stockpile to raise supplies of ventilators, masks and other equipment. Of that, $100 billion will go to hospitals and the health system and $1 billion to the Indian Health Service.


The final package provides more than $30 billion in emergency education funding for colleges and universities, states and school districts.

Retail Tax Fix

Retailers, restaurateurs and hotels will be able to immediately deduct from their taxes what they spend on property improvements. They were supposed to get the write-off in the 2017 tax overhaul, but a glitch made them worse off.

Employers & Self-Employed

They would get to defer the 6.2 percent tax they pay on wages that is used to fund Social Security. The deferred tax would have to be paid over the following two years: half by Dec. 31, 2021, and the other half by Dec. 31, 2022.

Other Business Aid

Businesses would get a tax credit for keeping idled workers on their payrolls during the coronavirus pandemic, so long as the businesses meet certain criteria. They would get a refund for half of what they spend on wages, up to $5,000 per worker. To qualify, businesses have to prove they took a 50 percent loss compared to the same quarter in years past. And to keep companies from double-dipping on aid under the bill, employers won’t be able to get special SBA loans if they opt for the tax credit.


The House will take up the measure on Friday, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, (D-Md.).