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PPE needed. In its COVID-19 update on Saturday, the village of Flossmoor provided information about how to donate personal protective equipment to healthcare workers. Serve Illinois is seeking potential donors of masks, gloves, gowns, eye protection, infection control kits, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and forehead thermometers. Donations for Flossmoor first responders can be taken to the Flossmoor Police Department front desk.

Trash in the barrels, please. Homewood Disposal noted that the company is not suspending the collection of bulk items at this time, but it is requesting that residents temporarily refrain from placing any bulk items or refuse outside of the collection cart.

State offers grants to hospitality industry. Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance are intended to help hotels, restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses weather the pandemic.

How can we help? Shop local. The Chronicle’s Businesses Adapt page lists 11 local businesses and how they have changed the ways customers can interact with them during the pandemic. Homewood’s Takeout Takeover campaign to support local businesses during the pandemic now includes links to 22 restaurants and 10 retail or service businesses. Flossmoor Eats lists 13 establishments, including hours and contact information for takeout or delivery.


Tax break for restaurants. In Homewood’s COVID-19 video update on Friday, Mayor Richard Hofeld announced that the Board of Trustees would consider a measure to refund the village’s places of eating tax for three months to those restaurants that don’t have drive-thru sales. “It’s not a heck of a lot of money,” Hofeld said, “but least it helps them out and shows that we’re standing behind them.”

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