Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

We know that right now everything is constantly changing and evolving. We are working hard to provide support to our members and the entire community and surrounding areas.  If we all come together and continue to remain positive and support each other we will get through this.

Please look through this page in full for a listing of many resources for business owners and all community members effected by this Corona virus.

Take a deep breath and we will all get through this together. Be excellent to each other. Shop local. Reach out to our businesses and organizations to see how you can help. Order takeout & support our local businesses!

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Liz Vos
Executive Director
Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce



3/27/20 The Governor’s office has issued a stay at home executive order. You can still go to essential services including takeout!

Please see the following for the specific guidelines. We will continue to keep you up to date on the information as it comes in. Practice safe social distancing and be excellent to eachother: Stay at Home EO FINAL (002) (1)


3/27/20 This is the most up to date list of restaurants and bars that are providing food and in what capacity. Please call them ahead and practice social distancing. Please email us at with any updates. Keep an eye on our Facebook page


Printable link to the menu: List of Bars & Restaraunts 3-27-20

3/27/20 Information on bar and restaurant food services: YES, some restaurants have made the decision to remain open to serve customers, but Governor Pritzker has ordered no “on-site consumption” to limit risk of public exposure. Customers may call for curb side pick-up or delivery. Customers may enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out only. If ordering carry-out, customers are strongly urged to call in orders well in advance to avoid wait time and long pick-up lines (which could increase risk of exposure.)

Social distancing (six foot separation) is expected to be practiced.

This is the distance of two adult outstretched arms touching fingertips.

Further details on Oregon’s restaurant guidelines can be found by clicking: Bar & Restaraunt Guidelines 3-17-20.

Oregon’s Street Department has also established temporary ‘pick-up parking’ spaces near restaurants with time-limited parking for the convenience of customers.

Currently known closings and cancellations in the Oregon Area. If the organization you are interested in is not listed, please call them or check their website. We also ask that you inform City Hall of other closings and cancellations as you become aware of them. (815-732-6321)


Oregon School District
View details here:
Oregon Public Library
“Out of an abundance of caution we have made the difficult decision that Oregon Public Library will be closed to the public beginning March 17th until March 31st.”
Oregon Park District
“To ensure the safety of our patrons, participants and staff, Nash Recreation Center will be closed March 14th– March 30th. All Oregon Park District programs and events will be postponed or cancelled through April 3rd.”
All Illinois State Parks are closed until further notice. White Pines Cabins and Gift Shops are still open at this time. The White Pines Restaurant is closed.


– Oregon Woman’s Club Antique Show: March 28th & 29th

-PAG Play Miss Holmes: March 27-28

-What’s Cookin’: April 18th

-Ukulele Station America Lessons & Monthly Strum A Longs


-Aireloom Music Studio’s Battle of the Bands: March 22nd

-BARD Gala: May 2nd




Our area is now eligible for relief: HERE

SBA Grant: File before April 1: HERE

Hotels and food and beverage businesses can fill out this grant application between March 25 and April 1. Eligible applicants will be placed into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4. Accion Serving Illinois and Indiana, a local nonprofit, will distribute the grant awards on behalf of the State.


Click Here for the Slide Show to help walk you through the process





Resources for your business: HERE




Ogle County Health Department: HERE



Community Help

Unemployment: HERE

There are job openings in many places including the Rockford airport. Grocery stores are in need of help, Target, & box stores. If you do need to file for unemployment: Register the last day that you worked. It does take one week to get in the system. 2-3 weeks out before you see a deposit generally.

Please contact Roger Anderson at BEST for help with employment. or call 815-631-2104

He is very knowledgeable and will help.


Food Pantry: Please click this link for all the details: Immediate Assistance

There are two food pantry’s in our area.

Lifeline Food Pantry in Conover Square: Oregon, Chana, and parts of Gran Detour that are in Ogle County.
201 N 3rd St Suite #6 Oregon, IL 61061
Emergency: 815-564-8234

Loaves & Fishes serving Mt. Morris, Leaf River & Byron.  Located in the Church of the Brethren 409 W Brayton Rd Mt Morris, IL 61054. Emergency Packet contact: Ed Weinburg 815-734-4250 or Lori Wolff 608-774-8370 or Barb Diehl 815-734-4011


Illinois Department of Human Services: SNAP, Medical, Cash, Housing

Apply online:

Call the local office & leave a message (815) 732-2166. They are working remotely & can help you apply over the phone. You can also call 800-843-6154.

Please print out this form and share with anyone who may need it but is unable to apply online or over the phone.  You can drop off this form at the ILDHS office in the drop box at 1001 Pines Rd, Oregon, IL 61061.  Application form here: forms



3/27/20 Updated Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce