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Thursday, April 23, 2020

BREAKING: Illinois Governor Announces Modified Stay at Home Order (May 1 to May 31)

As many of you may have already heard, Illinois Governor Pritzker has announced that he will be issuing a modified stay at home order that will take effect May 1st and end on May 31st. The executive order extends the previous stay at home order with some modifiations. Although we have not yet seen a copy of the final order (which should be posted tonight or tomorrow), we have summarized what we know about the changes and new requirements based on the Governor's press release this afternoon and other information.

Face Coverings Required Effective May 1st

Starting May 1st, anyone over 2 years of age must wear a face covering or mask when they are in a public place and cannot maintain a six foot social distance, including when shopping at stores and other businesses. 

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. New requirements to maximize social distancing and the well being of employees and customers will be required, which might include staggered shifts and occupancy limits, among others.

Changes to Essential Businesses and Activities Starting May 1st

1.  Outdoor Recreation

The state will start a phased reopening of state parks. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than 2 people will be permitted, subject to restrictions adopted by IDNR. Golf will be allowed subject to strict safety guidelines provided by DCEO and subject to social distancing practices.

2.  New Essential Businesses

Greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries can reopen as essential businesses. Animal grooming services may also reopen. All businesses must follow social distancing practices.

3.  Non-Essential Retail (Pick-up and Delivery)

Retail stores that were not designated as essential under the initial stay at home order can reopen to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store (i.e., curbside) and delivery.

4.  Medical Procedures

Surgi-centers and hospitals can allow certain elective surgeries to ove forward, subject to strict guidelines and priority for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

If any of these are changed or are supplemented when the modified executive order is released, we will provide updated information as soon as it is available.


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