1871 & ITA Community Health & Safety Update 3.16.20
Monday, March 16, 2020
Posted by: Kaylin Berg
An Important Update Regarding COVID-19 from Betsy Ziegler, CEO
To our ITA Members & friends,
In response to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot’s press conferences since Thursday, the ongoing CDC updates, and to keep in line with the changing landscape of COVID-19 in Chicago, we are taking additional, more aggressive actions - effective immediately - to prioritize our community’s health & safety. I and the team greatly appreciate the input we have received and all of your support as we work through this dynamic, nuanced, complex, and unprecedented situation.
At this time, we will not be closing 1871, however we will be limiting access and need all of your help ensuring our collective safe experience. As always, this is our plan given the current conditions and could change quickly. We will keep you updated on all decisions as they are available.
- Access to 1871 is now restricted to badge holders only - the space is not open for drop-in coworking, nor will visitors or public access be allowed. We expect this to be the case through April 3rd.
- Access restrictions are now in place for those that are experiencing sickness or fever, are returning home from a location with significant exposure or if they have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 (effective for a 14-day period).
- The 1871 & ITA Teams will begin mandatory work from home on Monday 3/16, aside from a skeleton crew of 2-3 rotating staff. This will likely last through April 3rd.
- We will not be participating in any in-person meetings. We are encouraging all existing meetings to be moved to video chats or phone calls, or rescheduling to a date post-April 3rd. Please contact us with any questions.
- All in-person events planned through mid-May are being rescheduled or moved to virtual delivery. If you have registered for an event in this timeframe, Jessica Prath or Kaylin Berg will be in touch with more information.
As a business and civic leader, our job is to help mitigate the spread of the virus and keep you - our community healthy and safe. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about these procedures, please let us know.
We know this is a difficult and scary time and perhaps particularly so for our members under 250 employees. We have been made aware of a program through the Small Business Administration to provide small business assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2M to businesses and private non-profits. To learn more, please click here.
We encourage you to use best practices as communicated by the CDC and your employer to remain safe and healthy during this time. We look forward to the point where we are able to, once again, come together in person and move forward stronger than ever.
Thank you and please take care of yourself,
Betsy and the entire 1871/ITA team