Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order during a March 20 press conference, in the state’s most recent effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus
The decision — which orders non-essential businesses to close and people to work from home if they can — will be in place until April 7, the governor said.
This order comes as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announces the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 585 in 25 counties.
Pritzker emphasized people can still leave their houses to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, hospital and other necessary errands. He also said people shouldn’t unnecessarily stock up on groceries and medical supplies.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Pritzker in saying the stay-at-home order is a “preventive and proactive plan” to protect citizens from COVID-19. She also emphasized people shouldn’t hoard supplies from the store.
Lightfoot said the stay-at-home order is “not a lockdown,” meaning people can still leave their homes. She also said, effective 5 p.m. tomorrow, all Chicago parks and libraries will close.