Fowler sponsors responsible reopening plan

Seeking to provide a safe and responsible reopening plan for the citizens and business community of Illinois, State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is co-sponsoring new legislation that establishes protocols for businesses to resume operations and begin rehiring.

Senate Bill 3993 would require the Department of Public Health to establish and publish Safe Place of Business protocols by May 30.

“For weeks, I have heard from employers in my district who have been severely hurt by the ongoing stay-at-home orders and the limitations placed on business operations. The business community of Illinois stands willing, prepared and ready to adhere to and implement the necessary safety protocols needed for them to reopen,” said Sen. Fowler. “I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation which puts forth a plan to safely, responsibly and reasonably allow businesses to begin recovering from this health crisis.”  

The Safe Place of Business protocols will include:

· Customer density limits based on business facilities’ square footage and appropriate social distancing;

· Face covering requirements for employees; and

· Regular cleaning regimens.

“Lower density thresholds, face coverings and regular sanitation are realistic protocols that can help keep employees and customers safe while allowing employers to reopen and get back to work,” said Sen. Fowler. “Many of our businesses are struggling and they need help now, not later. Under this legislation, we are providing the flexibility and guidance these businesses need to reopen, rehire and return to a sense of normalcy.” 

Senate Bill 3993 would also require any future extension of the Governor’s initial disaster proclamation to be approved by the General Assembly.

“It’s encouraging that this legislation will not only take significant steps toward quickly, safely and equitably reopening our state, but also require input from the General Assembly,” said Sen. Fowler. “It’s encouraging that lawmakers would finally have the opportunity to weigh in on decisions moving forward.” ​

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