Coronavirus Resources Roundup

March 23, 2020


As global concern over the novel coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) increases, there are a number of resources available to provide commercial real estate professionals with credible information on how to mitigate the potential health and business impacts. 


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)


>> Governor Pritzker Implements a Statewide Stay at Home Order

Governor Pritzker issued a Stay at Home Order effective Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, April 7. Building management and maintenance are categorized as essential infrastructure.

Additionally, Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Judith Frydland has indicated that construction is specifically exempted from the Executive order, as long as workers comply with precautions set forth on the local, state and national level.

Learn more about the statewide Stay at Home order.

>> Labor

Memorandum of Agreement with SEIU Local 1

BOMA/Chicago's Board of Directors ratified a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SEIU Local 1. The MOA is effective as of March 26, 2020 and provides Employers with much-needed flexibility to adjust the number, scope, schedule, and hours of the security and cleaning workforce as building conditions are and continue to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Head over to the Coronavirus Resources Labor Resources to access this recap (you must log into website to access document).

Labor Contract Resources for Signatory Building
BOMA/Chicago’s labor counsel has provided a memo that explains and clarifies relevant provisions in our collective bargaining agreement with IUOE Local 399 dealing with changes in workloads, staffing and compensation issues arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Head over to the Coronavirus Resources Labor Resources to access this recap (you must log into website to access document).

Recap of Federal Economic Relief in Response to Coronavirus
BOMA/Chicago’s labor law firm, Cozen O'Connor, provided a recap of some of the major provisions of the law which includes modifications to FMLA, paid sick leave, health care, tax credits and unemployment. The recap is available to all BOMA/Chicago members and requires you to be logged into the site to see and access the link to the recap document below. Head over to the Coronavirus Resources Labor Resources to access this recap (you must log into website to access document).

>> Construction Work

The City of Chicago's Department of Buildings has issued the following guidance regarding construction work during the Governor's Stay at Home Order:

* Construction Deemed Essential Service in Governor's 'Stay at Home' Executive Order

* COVID-19-Related Guidance for Construction Workers

>> Preparedness Checklist

COVID 19 Preparedness Checklist for Property Professionals

BOMA International has released a a COVID 19 Preparedness Checklist, to help property professionals navigate this public health concern.

>> Property Tax Assessments

Assessor Kaegi's office suspends assessment notice mailings and property tax appeal deadlines.  

>> Tenant FAQ

BOMA International released a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tenant FAQ As the recent COVID-19 outbreak continues to rapidly evolve, building owners and operators must implement emergency response plans, anticipate risks and provide thoughtful and timely responses to tenant questions. What follows are industry best practices, as well as sample language that might be helpful to use when communicating with building occupants.  It is encouraged that individual building teams modify this language to reflect their particular property, the conditions in their area and other factors. The materials below do not contain formal legal advice or healthcare recommendations and may not be applicable to all properties; it is strongly recommended that you stay in contact with your local health officials and consult with your legal counsel on any crisis communications.


>> Federal Guidance to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus

Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 (US CDC)

Guidance for Preparing Workplaces on COVID-19 (OSHA) Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations (US CDC)

>> Restaurant Dining and Tavern Closure Support

The City of Chicago issued Guidance and Support for Covid-19 Restrictions on Restaurant Dining and Taverns.

Restaurant Dining and Tavern Closure Q&A from the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

>> Employment Laws and COVID-19 Health Emergencies

COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers) 
US Department of Labor

COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers 
US Department of Labor

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Occupational Health and Safety Administration

Interim Guidance for Business and Employers


>> City of Chicago Resources on COVID-19

For the latest information and updates on Chicago’s response to COVID 19, including available guidance documents for businesses and employers visit the Chicago Department of Public Health COVID 19 webpage.

>> State of Illinois Resources on COVID-19

The State of Illinois has launched a webpage with the latest coronavirus information and updates.


>> Blood and Food Donations

Blood and Food Donations are urgently needed in the Chicagoland community. Find out how you can help.


BOMA International has a number of resources and guidance documents available related to the coronavirus. For more information, head over to BOMA International's Coronavirus Resources Roundup on their website.


BOMA International's COVID-19: Maintaining Building Operations and Preparing for Re-Occupancy Webinar (March 26, 2020)

ULI's Slowing the Spread of COVID-19: Social Distancing and Buildings Webinar (March 24, 2020)

BOMA/Seattle-King County Coronavirus Webinar with Building Operations Focus (March 17, 2020)

BOMA Canada's Lessons from the Frontlines: Responses to Recent Coronavirus Cases in Commercial Office Buildings Webinar and Slides (March 16, 2020)

BOMA/Georgia Coronavirus Webinar in Partnership with APIC (March 12, 2020)


ULI's Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings and Lessons from Asia

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

BOMA Canada's Pandemic Guide

BOMA Canada's Coronavirus Resources

ASHRAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Resources

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