Mandate includes extension for closure of schools
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday extended his order for Illinois residents to stay at home to combat the COVID-19 virus. The new order goes through April 30.
“If we can end these orders earlier, I’ll be the first to tell you when we can start to make strides toward normal again,” Pritzker said.
Pritzker’s original order was in effect through April 7. Since then, coronavirus cases in Illinois have continued to rise; health officials say cases have not reached their peak. On Sunday Illinois experienced its largest one-day increase in cases, numbering 1,105 new cases. The statewide number of cases has topped 7,000.
What this means:
- Residents still can:
- Shop at grocery stores and pharmacies (please be responsible, limit trips and do not hoard);
- Get gas
- Go to a bank (most via drive thru service)
- Find healthcare resources
- Take walks and go outdoors
- Drive. All local roads, including interstates, remain open.
- Many people will still go to work
- Get takeout from restaurants.
Here’s a summary via the Illinois Manufacturers Association, regarding “essential businesses that may remain open,” which include the following general categories:
1. Grocery stores
2. Food, beverage, and cannabis and agriculture
3. Charitable and social service providers
5. Gas stations and transportation-related facilities
6. Financial institutions
7. Hardware and supply stores
8. Critical trades (HVAC, plumbers, electrician, cleaning, etc)
9. Mail, postal, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
10. Education institutions (does not supersede school closure announcement)
11. Laundry services
12. Restaurants for consumption off-premises
13. Supplies to work from home (businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products)
14. Supplies for essential businesses and operations
16. Home-based care and services
17. Residential facilities and shelters
18. Day care centers for employees exempted by this order
20. Critical labor union functions
21. Hotels and motels
22. Funeral Services
Individuals may leave home for essential activities that include the following things:
1. Health and safety
2. Necessary supplies and services
3. Outdoor activity if practicing social distancing
4. Essential work
5. Take care of others
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