Latest COVID-19: Pritzker's order "Stay at home" about to begin

Date: 
03/21/2020
StayHome

Today, Sat., Mar. 21, at 5 p.m. is the date and time to begin "Stay at Home." Governor J.B. Pritzker declared that in his Executive Order. It is aimed at protecting everyone in Illinois from the COVID-19 pandemic. That order is to stay in effect until Apr. 7. Mayor Lori Lightfoot adds to her previous Chicago closing announcements by saying that libraries and park district buildings will also be closed. 

"Stay home" is NOT a military shutdown say both Pritzker and Lightfoot. DO NOT HORDE…shelves in grocery and pharmacies will be filled, if you stop hording! Trips to grocery stores and pharmacies are permissible. Pritzker suggests waiting until Monday, based on the rush to stores currently.

While indoor dining restaurants and bars are closed, food delivery and pickup are ok. Grocery shopping, going to medical appointments and other essential trips are ok. Walking on sidewalks and being in parks is ok but no matter where you are, you should maintain social distancing (about six feet away from another person) with no more than 10 people gathering at one time. 

Check in on your neighbors well being, particularly seniors.

The State of Illinois provides step by step ways to deal with this unprecedented situation by addressing:

Frequently asked questions:

  1. What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  2. What is the source of the virus?
  3. What does it mean that COVID-19 is a Global Pandemic?
  4. What are the symptoms of COVID-2019?
  5. How does COVID-19 spread?
  6. How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
  7. Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
  8. Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
  9. What is social distancing?
  10. What is the state recommending for social distancing?
  11. Can I go outdoors?
  12. Can I go to the supermarket?
  13. How can I help protect myself?
  14. Should I wear a facemask?
  15. What steps should parents take to protect children?
  16. Who is at higher risk?
  17. Should I clean “high touch” surfaces?
  18. Is there a vaccine?
  19. What are the treatments for COVID-19?
  20. What should health care providers, laboratories and health departments do?
  21. What are public health departments in Illinois doing about this situation? 

Other local closures include CAN-TV. Go to their website and/or follow them on Twitter and Instagram for updates. 

Businesses
If you are a business owner and you are unsure whether your business should close, contact your regulator with the following information: 

  • Company Name
  • Contact Person
  • Company Address (Include County)
  • Sector/NAICS Code LINK HERE.
  • Brief Justification of Why Your Business Is Essential to Promote Public Health, Safety, or Welfare 

If your industry is not on the list and you believe your business is an essential service, contact a lawyer.

Illinois statistics
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Department of Public Health, announced Saturday afternoon that 168 new cases takes the the total COVID-19 cases to 753 in Illinois with six deaths.

Health care workers
Saturday afternoon, Pritzker put out a call to retired care workers, such as doctors, nurses and physicians assistants, to join the fight against the current enemy...COVID-19. Licensing will be expedited and fees waved, he said.

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