City Rolls Out Emergency Alert Program for Businesses

June 5, 2020

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) today announced an emergency alert program specifically for Chicago’s businesses. Local business owners and managers should text “CHIBIZ” to 67283 or visit to opt-in to receive targeted emergency alerts for the business community via CHIBIZ Emergency Alerts. Businesses that opt-in will also be directed to submit a few business-specific details so that BACP and OEMC can send targeted alerts to specific areas of the city as needed.

In addition to the emergency alerts, BACP and OEMC are reminding Chicago’s businesses that the city is operating under a curfew for all residents and visitors effective from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. until further notice. As Chicago transitions to phase three, this curfew means that any business that has been deemed non-essential and is now eligible to cautiously reopen must close between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for the duration of the curfew. This includes restaurants that are eligible to reopen today for outdoor dining. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, are exempt from the curfew.

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