Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May — with Evolving Rules

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order through May — with Evolving Rules

Some Businesses, Recreational Opportunities Allowed More Flexibility
Governor J.B. Pritzker has published an extended shelter-in-place order effective on May 1, with a variety of adaptations impacting local businesses and residents.  Although restrictions on social distancing continue and a new statewide face mask requirement is introduced, the order will open the door for limited medical, retail, and recreational options.  Read the full text of the order here.

As of May 1, the following additions will be made to the previous Executive Order:

  • Fabric face coverings will be required for all individuals over the age of two engaged in public activities where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.
  • Hospitals will be able to schedule elective surgeries for non-life threatening conditions, under guidelines to be issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Garden centers and animal groomers will be allowed to operate as essential businesses with provisions for face masks and social distancing.
  • Non-essential retailers will be allowed to accept phone and online orders for curbside pickups.
  • State parks and golf courses will be reopened with provisions for social distancing.

As before, enforcement will be in the hands of local communities and individual citizens.  Should people start congregating in public spaces, Pritzker stated that he would bring back restrictions.

State officials expect COVID-19 cases to peak soon, but broader steps toward reopening the economy will need to wait until a decline is tracked over a period of weeks. The stay-at-home measures are estimated to have saved 30,000 or more lives.