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The pandemic has been devastating for the hospitality industry. Pandemic-related shutdowns have caused 5,000 Illinois hospitality businesses to close. Illinois needs a comeback and video gaming is an essential aspect of our businesses.
A big help during the COVID-19 crisis has been the video gaming industry which has created a unique "public-private partnership." House Bill 3169 & Senate Bill 494 will help fortify this original fair and balanced "public private partnership" structure preventing local governments from collecting taxes that go beyond the tax levies mandated by state statute and codify that all video gaming related government fees be shared equally between terminal operators and licensed establishments, including local Video Gaming Terminal fees.
While HB 3169 and SB 494 would help the video gaming industry, Internet Gambling (HB 3142 & SB 2064) would keep restaurant and bar patrons at home threatening the success of local businesses like the ones we own and operate. We the undersigned urge you to please support local businesses by OPPOSING Internet Gambling and SUPPORTING HB 3169 & SB 494. The last thing the economy needs is people choosing to remain at home. Don’t derail the Illinois comeback!
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We are asking ALL ILLINOIS HOSPITALTY BUSINESSES to sign a pledge to be proactive and voluntarily adopt specific mitigation efforts in the event their region has a 3-day average positivity rate that exceeds 6.5 percent. We need to send the message that we are serious about public health and safety.
The Voluntary Mitigation Pledge
We the undersigned recognize COVID-19 as a serious threat to the health and safety of our communities, customers, and employees. As such, we are committed and hereby pledge to continue enforcing the safety guidelines outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Furthermore, should the 3-day average Covid-19 positivity rate reach 6.5% or higher within our designated Region, we hereby pledge to VOLUNTARILY take the following mitigation efforts within our GAMING AREAS:
Limit occupancy WITHIN GAMING AREA to ONE (1) PATRON per VGT
Actively encourage compliance with the FACEMASK REQUIREMENT
Discontinue FOOD & BEVERAGE service WITHIN GAMING AREA
Actively prevent congregating WITHIN GAMING AREA
These voluntary mitigation efforts will remain in effect until the 3-day average positivity rate drops below 6.5 percent.
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We are asking you to help with the effort to keep bars and restaurants open and to keep video gaming terminals turned on. We are asking you to do three things:
Please sign the pledge below and help the Support Main Street Illinois coalition keep our businesses open and please send us a photo of the safety guidelines posted at your business.
We the undersigned take very seriously our obligation to provide fun, safe entertainment to our customers. We believe the best protection against the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus and we are committed to the promoting the following safety precautions to keep our customers safe:
Wash your hands often and thoroughly: use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public, eating or preparing food, using the restroom, or touching your face
Avoid close contact: put six feet of distance between you and others
Cover your mouth and nose: wear a mask or cloth face cover in any public setting
Clean surfaces: we are working to thoroughly clean and disinfect gaming machines before and after each use
Monitor your health: watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, and take your temperature if you notice symptoms. Seek medical attention and follow CDC guidance if you believe you might be infected
We agree to post these guidelinesat our businesses and encourage our customers to “Play it Safe.”
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Our current campaign has ended, however, the Support Main Street Illinois Coalition (“SMSIL”) will continue to work for you and your business. We are dedicated to the success of Illinois Hospitality, particularly video gaming. With your help, we will continue fighting for the future of this industry.
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Thanks for your support!
SUBJECT: Thank you for your support of my small business
Dear Mr. President;
On behalf of thousands of small business owners and tens of thousands of employees in Illinois, Oregon, West Virginia, Nevada, Montana, Georgia, South Dakota, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, we wanted to sincerely thank you for supporting our eligibility to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) release of revised regulatory guidelines that allow all size-eligible gaming entities to participate in the PPP was long overdue and vital to our small businesses. We are incredibly grateful for your steadfast advocacy in correcting the SBA’s antiquated policy that precluded small businesses that generate revenues from legalized and regulated gaming activities from rightfully qualifying for needed relief under the CARES Act.
There is no doubt that without your leadership and sustained effort to get the guidelines changed, thousands of small businesses and their employees would not have been able to survive the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your continued support of my small businesses is greatly appreciated.
These are extraordinarily difficult times, and the Support Main Street Illinois Coalition is stepping up to help. Because this information on responding to coronavirus is so important, we are waiving SMSIL membership fees until Oct. 1, 2020 and providing this information to you for free in the meantime.
Please complete and submit the form below to confirm your complimentary membership so that you may continue to receive important information on this and other issues once the complimentary membership period expires.