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Update: Governor Pritzker announced he is extending Executive Order 2020-10 until April 30.
On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, effective Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm and continuing through Tuesday, April 7.
The order does not prohibit essential errands like going to gas stations, pharmacies, and grocery stores. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic. All non-essential businesses must stop operating. Individuals may continue going to work if their workplace remains open. Any gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited unless exempted by the Executive Order.
Please read the Executive Order and corresponding FAQs for more information.
A few highlights from the State’s FAQs:
Can I visit friends and family?
For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate supply of food.
Does the Stay-at-Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park?
State parks will be closed during the Stay-at-Home order. Families will still be able to go outside and take a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission.
Can I leave home to exercise?
Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers, and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.