With over 5,000 new coronavirus cases and 99 deaths, Gov Pritzker will extend the “stay at home” order until April 30.
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced earlier today that the state-wide “stay at home” order will be extended to April 30, instead of the initial April 7 end date. Schools will also continue to be closed through April and will follow remote learning plans determined by their districts. Residents will continue to only be permitted to leave home for “essential needs” while only essential businesses and services will remain open. The official 30-day extension will be signed April 1.
The announcement was made shortly after health officials announced 937 new cases. These measures aim to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases and minimize pressure on healthcare systems. “Illinois has one of the strongest public health systems in the nation – but even so, we aren’t immune to this virus’ ability to push our existing capacity beyond its limit. We need to maintain our course and keep working to flatten the curve,” said the governor.
Under the “stay at home” order, pharmacies, grocery stores, and clinics will remain open but all non-essential businesses will remain closed. Similar to the emergency orders made in California and New York, this is not a complete lockdown and people will still be able to leave for essential activities or services. Residents will also not be allowed on the Lakefront, adjacent parks, trails, or playgrounds.
The CTA will remain open and people will still be allowed to leave their homes to pick up food or take a walk, however, people must maintain a 6-feet distance between each other at all times.
“This may not be the measure that we like, but it is the measure we all need to combat the deadly and growing COVID-19 crisis,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “The City of Chicago fully supports Governor Pritzker’s bold and necessary extension of the Stay at Home Order, and stands ready to partner with the State and our health officials as we navigate the challenges that lie ahead in safeguarding our residents. We will get through this crisis together and I want to thank all those who have been doing their part.”
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