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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Re-Open Rantoul

Re-Open Rantoul

Re-Open Rantoul – COVID-19 Response Plan


“Re-open Rantoul” is updated daily with new information for local businesses, from Champaign County Safe, and from the State of Illinois, and we encourage you to check this site often.

May 27th 5:30pm

Press Release - Street Closure

In an effort to assist downtown food and beverage establishments, while recognizing the space limitations, the Village of Rantoul will be closing a section of the 100 block of Sangamon to allow for an “outdoor food court”.

Beginning on Thursday, May 28th through June 30th, the section in front of 113 Sangamon will be closed to “through traffic” for the purposes of establishing an outdoor service area which will be utilized by ET’s Restaurant, and other food and beverage establishments throughout the downtown area.  Entrance onto Sangamon from Tanner and Garrard will still be available, allowing for parking along the street for full access to other downtown businesses; however, the street will not allow for vehicles to travel “through” Sangamon in that 100 block.  We believe the “outdoor food court” will provide a unique dining experience, and would anticipate additional activities by these businesses to also occur throughout the month.

8 applications have been received by the Village of Rantoul for outdoor service beginning on Friday, although that number is expected to rise before this weekend. 

We encourage all to support our local businesses throughout Rantoul during this exciting time of re-opening. 

May 27th 5:15pm


This document summarizes CUPHD’s recommendations for religious/faith-based  organizations. This guidance will be reviewed and updated by CUPHD on June 30th, 2020 and will be extended as needed.

  • Members of your congregation that are high-risk (60+, those with underlying health conditions) should access services online or through video-streaming options. 
  • You may conduct services with 10 or less people. Everyone must wear masks and maintain social distancing requirements (6 ft. or more). 
  • Consider holding services and gatherings in a large, well-ventilated area or outdoors, as circumstances and faith traditions allow. 
  • Singing should be limited to prevent spread of droplets. 
  • Staff and congregation members should not come to services if they are feeling ill or have COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell). 
  • If you hold multiple services you must clean and disinfect between services. 
  • Testing is available at the Community Based Testing Site (Marketplace Mall, 8am-4pm while daily supplies lasts).

Take steps to minimize community sharing of worship materials and other items:

  • Limit the sharing of frequently touched objects, such as worship aids, prayer rugs, prayer books, hymnals, religious texts and other bulletins, books, or other items passed or shared among congregants, and encouraging congregants to bring their own such items, if possible, or photocopying or projecting prayers, songs, and texts using electronic means. 
  • Modify the methods used to receive financial contributions. Consider a stationary collection box, the main, or electronic methods of collection regular financial contributions instead of shared collection trays or baskets.

 Guidelines for the Protection of Public Health during Drive-In Religious/Faith-based Services

  • Staff will determine a safe number of cars to ensure ample room for each to park with a parking space left between cars 
  • Staff performing services will remain 6 feet apart and use a transmitter. 
  • The service will be transmitted over FM so attendees can listen from inside their car keeping their windows rolled up. 
  • There will be parking lot attendants making sure everyone leaves an empty parking space between cars. The Parking lot attendants will wear face masks and uphold the 6 feet social distancing rule. 
  • Donations/offerings will be collected online 
  • Communion will be pre-packaged.

May 26th 4:15pm

It’s YARD SALE season and many have asked how the COVID-19 illness impacts the ability for a resident to host this summer-time event. 

Yard Sales ARE allowed under the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • No more than 10 people shall be in attendance at the same time. If more than 10 are trying to enter the property, the owner should require them to wait in their cars until the number of attendees drops below 10.
  • Social distancing should be encouraged with signage, and the host of the yard sale, as well as those attending, should all wear masks.
  • Attendees should plan to spend no more than 15 minutes at each yard sale host site.
  • If possible, host should consider installing an impermeable barrier between them and their customers at checkout, and change transactions should be discouraged.

Following these guidelines should provide you with a safe, and hopefully profitable, YARD SALE!!

May 25th 7:00pm

In conjunction with our region entering into Phase 3 of the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan, and in support of our local businesses, the Village of Rantoul has added two new documents to its “Re-open Rantoul” website.  The first document is an application for any food and/or beverage establishments who wish to re-open in accordance with Phase 3 restrictions.  Any restaurant, bar, or club who wishes to open for outdoor service only beginning on Friday must submit this application outlining their operational plan for review and approval by the Village of Rantoul.  PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION, PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES TO ENSURE YOU CAN COMPLY.   

The second set of  documents is the State of Illinois’ Phase 3 Guidelines and Toolkits for a number of industries and activities which are allowed to return to some form of operation beginning on Friday.  The link to these documents, and to a number of other re-open resources, can be found at     

May 22nd 2:15pm

The Champaign Center Partnership kindly requests input from residents to help us keep Champaign County healthy and safe.

Our small business owners would appreciate your honest feedback as they plan their strategies to welcome you back and to help them start rebuilding their businesses.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your answers will help inform our decisions and understand your needs.

May 21st 4:30pm

Business & Community Partners,

Today, a coalition of local organizations and municipalities-including the Village of Rantoul-have launched a new online resource to help Champaign County businesses as they progress through the next stages of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The new website - - was developed to maintain the safety and well-being of our communities and to share information and resources with businesses in Champaign County. The site will serve as a hub for Rantoul businesses to access resources, including re-opening guidelines, sample signage, PPE suppliers, local cleaning companies, local printers and more.

The re-opening guidelines, following the state of Illinois’ Restore Illinois plan, highlight communication strategies for various types of businesses and provide details on how to prepare workspaces, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, PPE tutorials, and general information on COVID-19. This information will assist industries ranging from agriculture to childcare to manufacturing and hospitality - all with specific guidelines on employee and customer protection, sanitation standards, social distancing, and much more.

Businesses are also asked to take the Champaign County Safe Pledge. The pledge sets out expectations customers can have when visiting local businesses, including:

  • Employees wearing masks
  • Employees frequently washing their hands
  • Surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the business are regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • Social distancing measures are in place

Businesses can complete the pledge online and upon review, will be added to a comprehensive list of pledged businesses that the public can review. Businesses can then post their signed pledge in their windows to show their commitment to the health and safety of employees and customers. We urge all Rantoul businesses to sign the pledge and post in your windows, as residents and visitors will be directed to this site to see local businesses that are committed to safety.

As guidelines continue to evolve, the site and all the resources will be updated, so businesses should check back frequently for the latest information. The documents will be updated on a regular basis as more information is shared by the State of Illinois, Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Additional Resources

Restore Illinois Plan

Illinois Department of Public Health (Governor statements)

Champaign Urbana Public Health District

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