For companies like St. Charles-based Windy Metropolis Amusements and Waterman-based Fay’s Pork Chop Bar-B-Que, summer time is normally the busiest time of the 12 months.
However with many summer time occasions being canceled due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, they’re struggling to seek out any enterprise. Sometimes, Windy Metropolis Amusements will arrange its first carnivals for the 12 months in mid-April.
“We have been scheduled to run some spring car parking zone carnivals to boost cash for the Fox Valley United Approach,” workplace supervisor Cheryl Salerno stated in an electronic mail. “As a result of pandemic, we’re not certain if we will open and run any fundraisers for native organizations in 2020.”
Windy Metropolis Amusements holds fundraiser carnivals for a wide range of organizations every year. In 2019, it raised greater than $1 million for native organizations.
“Carnivals are among the greatest fundraisers for lots of organizations,” Salerno stated.
In a traditional 12 months, the family-owned enterprise, which began in 1977, will present amusement rides for a mean of two festivals every week. However every thing is up within the air this 12 months.
“Presently, we have now not been advised what well being and security measures would have to be put in place to ensure that carnivals/festivals to happen,” Salerno stated. “However as a household owned and operated enterprise, the security of our prospects in addition to our staff is our high precedence.”
Together with Windy Metropolis Amusements not seeing any enterprise, their staff additionally usually are not receiving a paycheck. The corporate sometimes employs between 40 to 75 staff from mid-April via the tip of October.
“We will not rent any of our common staff again as we have now no earnings and don’t know if and after we will likely be allowed to open,” Salerno stated.
Conventions, festivals and huge occasions would be capable of happen as a part of the fifth and ultimate part of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois. The plan divides the state into 4 “well being areas,” which is able to transfer via the 5 phases unbiased of each other based mostly on COVID-19 information and well being care capability inside the area. The Northeast area, which incorporates St. Charles, covers 9 counties: Cook dinner, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will.
Salerno took situation with the truth that Kane County is included in the identical area as Cook dinner County together with festivals being included within the final part.
“Moreover festivals being within the fifth part of the reopening of Illinois plan, it appears unfair to have so many counties lumped into the identical area as town of Chicago,” she stated. “I feel that every county must be thought-about individually.
Fay’s Pork Chop Bar-B-Que, which does out of doors catering, is in an analogous scenario. The enterprise, which began in 1962, hasn’t catered an occasion since March 11.
“Since then, every thing has both been canceled or postponed to who is aware of when,” stated longtime supervisor Bob Dempsey. “A few of them have been postponed a few occasions.”
And he has no thought when he’ll be capable of cater a occasion. Beneath the state’s present guidelines, no non-essential gatherings are allowed.
The state is at present in part two of Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois. Part three permits for gatherings of 10 folks and part 4 permits for gatherings of 50 folks.
“We do non-public events, manufacturing unit picnics and issues of that nature and they’re all greater than 10 folks,” Dempsey stated. “And a number of occasions they’re greater than 50 folks.”
And he believes extra occasions could be canceled sooner or later, such because the Sandwich Honest, set for Sept. 9-13. He has resigned himself to the truth that issues usually are not going to show round anytime quickly.
“I am in a enterprise that most likely is not going to perform too nicely for fairly some time,” Dempsey stated.
Fortuitously, his staff are all part-time, aside from his daughter, who works within the workplace.
“I am not doing something so I can dwell with out getting a paycheck,” stated Dempsey, who will have a good time his 80th birthday in a few months. “I nonetheless must pay her, however I haven’t got anybody else who I’ve to pay. Nevertheless it does not look very promising, for a few months, anyway.”
And he admitted that even after giant gatherings are allowed to renew, folks could be hesitant about participating in these actions.
“Folks should be leery of popping out, despite the fact that they might,” Dempsey stated.
Due to the standstill in enterprise, he has a number of additional time on his palms, which he has been placing to good use.
“I’ve had time to get caught up on paperwork and submitting together with cleansing my store and cleansing my storage,” Dempsey stated. “This morning, I used to be fixing a garden mower that broke down yesterday. I’ve bought loads of issues to do, however not what I must be doing.”