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COVID-19 Information and Testing



Get the Facts About Coronavirus – Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, people at increased risk, how to protect yourself, what do do if you are sick and information about testing options

Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 – Find testing sites near you.

Stimulus Payment Information

Information About  the Stimulus Payments and How to Get Yours Faster

What are the stimulus payments and who is eligible?

The IRS is sending out direct stimulus payments to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Eligibility is based largely on income.

Is anyone excluded?

Individuals earning more than $99,000, heads of household with one child who earn more than $146,500, and married couples without children earning more than $198,000 are excluded from eligibility.  (Families earning a little more may still be eligible if they have children.) Those who can be claimed as a dependent for tax purposes, like many college students, are also not eligible for the payments.

How much are the payments?

Individuals and heads of households are due up to $1,200 and married couples will receive up to $2,400 — plus $500 per child. But payments start phasing out for individuals at higher incomes.  The payments won’t be taxed as income and won’t be offset by any back taxes owed. They also won’t affect refund payments for 2019.

How can I get my money faster?

The first payments will go to those who authorized the IRS to make a direct deposit if they were due a 2018 or 2019 tax refund. If you didn’t provide your direct deposit information with your taxes, you could wait several weeks or months for your stimulus payment to arrive in the mail  You may be able to get your money faster using the free online tool from the IRS called Get My Payment tool, which allows you to input your bank account information so that you can receive the money electronically rather than by a paper check in the mail. You will be asked for basic information including name, date of birth, and Social Security number.

Act quickly.  You won’t be able to update your bank information once the payment is already scheduled for delivery, and it won’t allow you to update bank information already on file

How can I track my payment?

Get My Payment also lets you track the status of your payment and see what type of payment you’ll receive. It’s designed to work on a desktop, phone or tablet, and you don’t need to download it from an app store.

Emergency Relief Funds

Apply for The Lettuce Entertain You Employee Emergency Relief Fund:  

Now accepting first-time applicants for the Employee Relief fund. Please click the form to fill out the application below.


Donate now to help support our employees in need.


Apply for NRA Education Foundation Grants

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation is making $500 grants available through a restaurant employee relief fund to distressed restaurant employees whose work-life has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications for grant money will open on April 2 and grants will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.  HTTPS://RERF.US

Additional Financial Resources for Hospitality Workers – Monetary Assistance, Grants, and More

Temporary Job Opportunities

Companies who are Hiring:

Companies Hiring During COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospitality Unite:

#HospitalityUnite is a partnership between our business partner, Harri and organizations that are actively offering temporary work opportunities in retail, care and delivery services during the restaurant closures:  #HOSPITALITYUNITE

We’re partnering with organizations that are actively offering temporary work opportunities to displaced hospitality workers like


In this intermediary period, if you’d like to participate by extending this opportunity to your furloughed employees please let us know by responding to this email or by sharing the link to the job portal HTTPS://GO.HARRI.COM/E/234402/USHOSPITALITYUNITE/BCVF4/248476327?H=C4UTTB2KIFE8T7WZM_MVBIDBI-W_-36QVPZRQVZ3IC4.

Selfcare and Coping Strategies

SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program



The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to present great challenges in our work and personal lives, making recognition of Mental Health Month in May particularly important. In addition to the special edition flyer we are providing in this email, you will receive a series of four emails, one each week, as part of our Mental Health Awareness Month campaign. Each one will highlight a tool that can be used immediately to address and improve emotional wellbeing.

The theme for May is ‘Deconstructing Depression.’ This month’s online seminar ‘Understanding Depression,’ will be on-demand beginning May 1st. The online seminar can be accessed by visiting your program’s website and clicking the ‘Monthly Feature’ tile.

SupportLinc Monthly Flyer in English

SupportLinc Monthly Flyer in Spanish

More EAP Resources:

CuraLinc offers a variety of remote and digital access points that allow participants to address stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship issues and grief from the privacy of their own home, including:

  • VIDEO. eConnect® CuraLinc’s video counseling platform, is a confidential and secure technology-based counseling medium that provides members with video and web chat access to licensed masters- and doctorate-level mental health professionals who possess a BC-TMH (Board Certified TeleMental Health accreditation), as well as experience in distance counseling. Participants can schedule a 30- or 60-minute counseling session at their convenience.
  • PHONE. CuraLinc’s licensed and experienced mental health clinicians are available around-the-clock, every day of the year, to provide immediate support and guidance to employees who are trying to cope with Coronavirus-related anxiety.
  • TEXT THERAPY.Textcoach™ is a convenient and stigma-free message-based therapy application. Through a secure desktop and mobile platform, licensed counselors (also known as ‘Coaches’) help participants boost emotional fitness and wellbeing via an exchange of text messages, voicenotes, tip sheets, resource links and videos.
  • LIVE CHAT. Available through CuraLinc’s web and mobile platforms, Live Chat is an excellent avenue to connect quickly to care, like Textcoach™, it’s not a suitable modality for employees with severe or acute conditions.

DIGITAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH.  CuraLinc’s Digital Behavioral Health (cCBT) platform is an innovative online and mobile program that offers evidence-based content, practical resources and daily inspiration to foster meaningful and lasting behavioral change. Personalized eLearning programs to help participants overcome stress, depression, anxiety and substance use disorders are supported by simple tools, weekly exercises, and daily inspiration in a safe and confidential environment.

Hospitality Industry-Specific Resources

Ben’s Friends – Addiction Online Support Group – Daily Meetings 1pm EST.

Chefs With Issues – Online Community for Chefs/Hospitality Workers Coping with Mental Health

Fine Dining Lovers – Specific Coronavirus Related News in Hospitality Industry

Plate Online – Organizations Helping Unemployed Hospitality Workers (By Market)

Unemployment by State

How to Get Started with Unemployment by State:






























Tips and Additional Resources

This information is intended as general information only and is not intended to constitute legal or financial advice.  Please consult your legal or financial planner.

For any bills, including mortgages, car payments, credit cards, student loans or utilities, the National Consumer Law Center advises contacting your creditors as soon as possible and asking for hardship concessions.  Many of your payees already have hardship concessions in place, and are only offered to those who call in and ask about them.

We absolutely encourage you to proactively reach out to landlords, mortgage holders/banks, car leasing/financing companies and credit card companies to explore all options given the current crisis.   The best thing you can do right now is to be proactive.

Tips when speaking with your creditors:

1. Be specific and honest about the financial impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 on your situation.  Don’t hesitate to let them know you are part of the Restaurant Industry!

2. Convey to them a specific request. For instance, if you need to delay paying your credit card bill this month, you may want to ask your bank for an extra month without incurring a late fee or interest.

3. If you have a strong record of on-time payments, remind the lender about your stellar history.

Credit Cards

Banks including Capital One, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo are encouraging their customers to contact them to see what they can work out.

You may be able to sign up for a hardship plan, which could mean lower interest rates or smaller fees and penalties for a time.

Examples of assistance include, minimum payment assistance, deferred loan assistance and fee suppression


The first step is to visit your lender’s website – many are posting immediate links to COVID-19 related relief programs.  If you do not see anything immediately available, you should call your lender, explain your situation and ask what options are available for a delay in payments because of COVID-19 circumstances.

One option to delay payments is forbearance. With this option, you and your mortgage company agree to temporarily suspend or reduce your monthly mortgage payments for a specific period of time.

Although this can provide immediate relief, interest will still accrue on your loans.

Make sure you ask your lender what terms they can offer you. They will be different for each person depending on their financial history and loan provider.

Ally Bank for instance will defer payments for up to 120 days for homeowners who are facing financial hardship due to an interruption in income. During this time, interest will accrue, but you won’t be charged any late fees or have impacts to your credit,


The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance allowing all individuals and other non-corporate tax filers to postpone the filing of your taxes and have also deferred tax payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.

Utility Bills

Many utility companies, including major providers such as ComEd, offer energy bill assistance programs which may allow you to defer payments until a later date.

Student Loans

If you have student loans, contact your servicer to see what your options are. If you have federal loans, consider forbearance — interest is currently being waived for the duration of the crisis — or going on an income-based repayment plan, which could lower your monthly payments, sometimes even to $0 per month.

Other things you can do:

Cancel auto drafts on your bank or credit cards so you have control over when you make payments; however, continue to actively monitor your credit cards and bank balances.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES provides financial assistance to expectant mothers and families with one or more children.

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (formerly food stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.

CHICAGO’S FOOD BANK : Find food support services through the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Chicago Craft Spirits Staff Meals: Every Thursday they are picking three different restaurants to supply staff meals.  Follow Chicago_Craft_spirits on Instagram to see the locations and apply for a meal

Vendor Provided Savings

As the country takes a pause, there’s one thing that doesn’t stop – parenting. At Little Spoon, the fresh, organic baby food & nutrition company, we know how much parents are worried about now, and quality nutrition for their little ones shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why we have partnered with Lettuce Entertainment to offer you baby food delivered to your door.

Checkout through this unique link and you will be able to receive a discounted subscription to Little Spoon food & nutrition products for your baby through June: HTTP://WWW.LITTLESPOON.COM/LEYEHERE2HELP

SocialWorks for Social Distancing

Ways to Assist & Receive Help During COVID-19

Relief looks different for many right now. Essential employees, caretakers, parents, students, individuals experiencing homelessness, remote workers, are all facing unique challenges that pertain to our immediate and distant needs. To help your situation, SocialWorks presents “SOCIALWORKS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING,” an evolving list of resources to assist your evolving needs. Keep up with this campaign using #sworks4socialdistancing or text ‘SocialWorks’ to 797979!

Chicago Hope Food Pantry in Logan Square is a great option for those who need groceries. Serving everyone, Monday- 4-6 PM & Thursday 10-12 AM.

2505 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 499-9763

For additional resources and locations visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.