Be Smart. Stay Sane!

This is the start of what promises to be a trying couple of weeks for most of us. This is the first full week of the statewide Stay at Home order from the state of Illinois. Over the weekend, the first case of coronavirus in Stephenson County was confirmed. Many of us are working remotely and following social distancing protocols. Some of your businesses have been shut down for the next couple of weeks. Others have moved to online and/or curbside pickup of online sales. If you are an essential employee for an essential business, thank you for keeping things working as much as possible! Please be careful!

Because we know that this is a challenging time for everyone, we have established some resources that we think will be useful for both businesses and for individuals as we navigate the changing landscape of this crisis. Go to our website at greaterfreeport.com and on the top banner there is a COVID-19 button that is your access to the resources we are collecting and updating on an ongoing basis.

We are also working with the state and county to get accurate information into your hands in a timely manner. If you have not been getting our emails with updates on the coronavirus crisis, please email me at bclow@greaterfreeport.com so I can make sure we have your email contact. If someone else in your organization should also be getting these notices, please also share their contact information with me. Furthermore, if there are businesses who you think should be getting these updates, contact them and have them reach out to us. We want to get the word out to as many people as possible. Please also let us know if there is information that you would like to get but cannot find in our emails or on our webpage. We will do our best to find it and share it.

Finally, in this era of sheltering in place and social isolation, try to keep a positive attitude.

  • Set up and maintain a routine.
  • Stay active! (Many of our local gyms are posting home workouts online.)
  • Reach out to friends and family and use one of the many video conferencing tools such as FaceTime or Zoom to connect.
  • Catch up on or start a hobby.
  • Read something interesting.
  • Laugh as much as possible!
  • Stay sane!

Thank you to all of you who are taking this situation seriously! This is a challenge that we all need to work together to get through. Be Safe! Stay Sane!