AIA NEI COVID-19: May Update


COVID-19 Update May 5, 2020  

To our Members, Partners and Friends,  

It has been over three months since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. At AIA Northeast Illinois we are continuing our commitment to improve and protect our communities by providing virtual programs and sharing resources that members and firms need to navigate these difficult times.  We understand many of us want our lives to get back to normal, but we want to encourage everyone to follow the government's lead; stay home if you can and wear masks for essential activities.  

We look forward to a new normal when we can gather together again for events and programs.  In the meantime, we will continue to offer engaging virtual programming so you can continue to earn your CEU hours and stay connected with other members.  We hope you were able to join us for last weeks wonderful CEU event on contract clauses and professional liability with Eric Singer from Ice Miller LLP.   This month we have several great programs including a Town Hall event open to members from all Illinois Chapters (May 6), some great learning opportunities with Allegion (May 7) and Pella (May 14) and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training that meets the states new requirement for continuing education (May 21).  

A few notable things happened last week as Governor Pritzker extended the Stay-at-home order through May 30. The new Stay-at-home order includes a requirement for people to wear a mask or cloth face covering and loosens some restrictions for businesses.  On Friday the Governor also indicated, “we have bent the curve,” but went on to say we are still not past our peak. He assured everyone that he won’t reopen the state until we know it’s safe, and that an area would have to see 14-day declines in symptoms and cases outlined by the federal guidelines before it would be allowed to "open up."  

It has been difficult to keep up with all the information which has changed rapidly throughout the pandemic.  We encourage you to seek information from reliable and authoritative sources such as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine the current risk assessment and to carry out mitigation protocols as needed.  

Below, we compiled a list of resources including safety information, virtual program opportunities and business resources from the State of Illinois, the AIA, the CDC, IDPH and links to upcoming webinars.  

Thank you for your understanding, stay safe, and remember to help each other during this unprecedented and challenging time.  


AIA Northeast Illinois Board of Directors  


- Illinois updated Stay-At-Home Order:  Executive order 2020-32 , Stay-At-Home Order FAQ's

- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

- If you're heading out for essentials, wear a cloth face covering and follow these tips from the CDC.

- Review this information from the CDC to find out how to prevent getting sick and protect yourself and others.

Virtual Programs:

- May 6: All Chapter Town Hall for Illinois Wednesday May 6, 4:00- 5:00 PM : AIA Illinois, AIA Chicago, AIA Northeastern Illinois, AIA Prairie, and AIA Eastern invite you to our second statewide Town Hall, addressing the challenges of the moment as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic.  

- May 7: Virtual CEU Program: Electrified Hardware Basics-Allegion (1 LU/HSW)  12:00 - 1:00 PM.

- May 14: Virtual CEU Program: Window Solutions for Historic Buildings - Pella (1 LU) 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

- May 21: Virtual CEU Program: Sexual Harassement Prevention/Training - USI ( 1 LU) 12:00 - 1:00 PM, This program meets the new state requirement for continuing education in Sexual Harassment Prevention. (link coming soon).

- May 28: Virtual CEU Program: ADA Entrance Accessibility - Allegion (1 LU/HSW) 12:00 - 1:00 PM. (link coming soon).

Please check our home page for more program and event information

AIA National Resources:

- Resources for Architects

- Relief Policies: Impacts for Architects

- Architect Standard of Care Relative to site visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

- Architects Guide to Business Continuity

Economic Resources:

- Economic & Industry Resources

- Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

- What Architects and Firms need to Know about the Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Plan

AIA Staff Sharing:

While many firms are struggling to maintain staff, some may be looking for additional help.  Is your firm the exception? Are you looking for additional help meeting current client and staffing needs during COVID-19?   In response to the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, AIA is creating a "Staff Sharing" Job Type that allows firms short of staff and not able to hire to connect with firms that may be short of work but wanting to retain staff.

AIA Additional Resources:

- AIA Illinois COVID-19 Updates Page

- AIA Chicago's daily updated Best Practices for COVID-19

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