Illinois Gov. Issues Stay-at-Home Order, Effective Until April 7

Courtesy of Chi Hack NightDuring a March 26 press conference, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced over 600 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, and asked residents to continue abiding by the stay-at-home order.

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.

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