Adapting to the New Normal

PPBIC is a member of the North West Side Business Collective, a team of economic development organizations helping companies meet the challenges of the new normal of life with Covid-19.

In the new normal, Covid-19 is preventable for those 6 months and older, treatable, and controllable.  The federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration to battle the COVID-19 pandemic has expired.  Which definitely doesn’t mean COVID-19 has gone away.  Public health guidance says that people should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, especially older adults and those who are immunocompromised; know that effective treatments for COVID-19 are available; protect themselves and others by wearing a mask, getting tested and staying home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

While vaccines, tests, and treatments will continue to be widely available in Chicago, the end of the PHE means that these items will no longer automatically be at no cost for everyone, and importantly Medicaid recipients need to again re-enroll to retain benefits. Visit for detailed information about what will be changing. 

As our area businesses continue to adapt and meet the ever-changing challenges of Covid-19, especially regarding the safety of their workforce and workplace, PPBIC will be there to help by sharing of critical Covid-related updates, protocols, and grant opportunities.