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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Governor Pritzker Extends Modified Stay-At-Home Order Through May

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On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced that he will be extending the State’s Stay-At-Home Order through May. The Order, effective May 1, has modifications from the previous Order. Read the full Order here.

Modifications include: 

  • 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.
  • Surgi-Centers & Hospitals: The Illinois Department of Public Health will be issuing guidance to surgi-centers and hospitals to allow for certain elective surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions, starting on May 1.
  • Outdoor Recreation: State parks will begin a phased reopening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. 
  • New Essential Businesses: Greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries may reopen 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 reopen. Read the State’s FAQ on essential businesses.
  • Non-Essential Retail: Retail stores designated as non-essential businesses may reopen to fulfill phone orders and online orders through delivery and pickup outside the store. 
  • Essential Businesses & 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. Read the State’s FAQ on essential businesses.
  • Schools: Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pickup of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.

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