Governor Pritzker issues stay-at-home order to IL residents

Governor Pritzker has declared that all residents “will be subject to a stay-at-home order” beginning tomorrow at 5 p.m. and continuing until April 7. 

The announcement was made during the governor’s daily #COVID19 update at 3 p.m. today, which was also attended by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Governor Pritzker began by explaining that his “bedrock” for decision-making has been “to rely on science” while asking for “consequences to be laid out as clearly and starkly as possible.”

The resulting information, he continued, has led to an inescapable conclusion: “to avoid loss of lives, must enact an immediate stay-at-home order.”

Residents may leave their homes to purchase food and visit pharmacies, medical offices, hospitals, and gas stations, which will remain open. “There’s no need to rush out to grocery stores or gas stations,” the governor said. Activities like hiking and running are also permitted.

Law enforcement has been ordered “to monitor and take action when necessary,” for the duration of the order. Admitting that,  “we don’t have resources to police every individual’s behavior,” the governor encouraged Illinoisans to “work together to keep each other safe.” 

He also noted that some people will also continue going to work, especially those who contribute to the “fundamental building blocks that keep our lives steady” in industries such as agricultural, press, and infrastructure maintenance.

“The heroes of this moment are health care workers, first-responders, and the workers who keep our grocery stores and pharmacies running,” the governor said. “This is about the rest of us. We know this will be hard and we’re looking at every tool we have to help you through this crisis.”

To that end, Springfield is currently arranging safe daycare for the children of workers, ordering municipalities to halt all evictions, and making sure that school districts can continue to provide students with meals.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot followed-up to explain how the city intends to support its residents through the stay-at-home order.

Actions currently underway to ease the burden include: finalizing quarantine and isolation locations, bolstering hospital capacity, relieving pressure on first-responders, and reinforcing the supply chain.

The Mayor also emphasized that “city services will not cease, the CTA will still run, and people can still go outside.” But, she added, parks and libraries will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. tomorrow and remain off-limits for the duration of the order.

After describing the process leading up to her decisions and acknowledging the hardship that they place upon residents, Mayor Lightfoot made a plea for support.

“This is a make or break moment: never in our lifetime has our own health been intertwined with the health of every person with whom we interact,” she said. “We should remain in contact with our families, friends, and neighbors.

Residents seeking up-to-date information on the situation may visit the Public Health Website: consult website chicago.gov/coronavirus or text COVID19 to 78015.

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