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Governor JB Pritzker Issues Stay-At-Home Order
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has extended the Stay-At-Home Order in effect across the State of Illinois through May 30, 2020.
The new executive order will include the following modifications effective May 1:
• OUTDOOR RECREATION: State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed. (Note: click here for information from the Skokie Park District)
• NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.
• NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.
• FACE COVERINGS: Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.
• ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING: Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.
• SCHOOLS: Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.
. View recordings of Governor Pritzker’s press conferences and press releases with Illinois COVID-19 statistics.
The current stay-at-home order, in place through April 30, provides that residents may leave to purchase essential supplies such as groceries, prescriptions, toiletries, fuel and to go to the doctor. Restaurants will remain open to serve delivery, carry-out and pick-up orders. The Governor’s order, intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, requires all non-essential businesses to close. Essential services that will still be operational and that will remain open include but are not limited to:
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations
- Police stations
- Fire stations
- Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
- Public transportation
- Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines
- Landscaping firms
- Construction firms; construction projects are authorized to continue
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions and the Stay-At-Home Order from the Governor’s Office. See more information from the State of Illinois. The Governor’s Office has created an email address, Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations.
See Skokie Health Department Coronvirus information webpage.