Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is following the lead of fellow Democrat governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York by ordering a "Shelter in Place" executive order beginning Saturday, March 21st at 5pm through 11:59pm on April 7, 2020.
Governor Pritzker outlined his order at a press conference on Friday, March 20, with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other state officials.
Illinois will be the third state to do this with the ongoing pandemic from Covid19.
Residents can go about their normal errands including grocery store, pharmacy visits and gas station trips. People are advised to only leave the house if they must. Avoiding contact and staying within 6 feet from one another is crucial.
This is a pandemic and stopping the progression of this disease to avoid additional loss of life is crucial.
People who can work from home are strongly encouraged to do so, whereas other people that work in health care, grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses are exempt.
First responders such as police, firefighters, paramedics and sanitation workers will not be quarantined. They are our front lines in this war.
This economic downfall is presenting itself here at home and globally, as we witness the total shutdown of businesses, hotels, restaurants, movie cinemas, salons, gyms, spas, department stores, parks, all attractions and entertainment and society as a whole.
According to Governor Pritzker, the state must take these robust measures to limit the increase of cases and mitigate the spread of the virus.
Non essential businesses must stop operating. Do not leave the house if you don't have to. We should work together to keep each other safe!