Illinois stay-at-home order extended through May with some modifications

Face masks will be mandatory in indoor, public spaces starting May 1.

Sam Masterson
April 23, 2020 - 3:28 pm
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CHICAGO (KFTK) - The state of Illinois will be under a stay-at-home order until at least May 31, according to a release from Gov. J.B. Pritzker's office Thursday. Pritzker also announced the order will be modified, starting on May 1. 

Some of the modifications include a phased re-opening of some state parks, greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries will re-open as essential businesses and golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines. Pritzker warned that if the number of cases begins to spike after making some changes, the modifications will be restricted again. 

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The modifications also include a new mandatory order that face masks will be required in all public indoor spaces. 

Pritzker says models are projecting the peak of coronavirus cases in Illinois will happen in late April and early May.

You can watch Pritzker's full press conference on Thursday, here: 

The new executive order will include the following modifications effective May 1:
  • OUTDOOR RECREATION: State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. A list of parks that will be open on May 1 and additional guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website HERE . Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed.
  • NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.
  • NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores not designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.
  • FACE COVERINGS: Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.
  • ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING: Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.
  • SCHOOLS:  Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing. 

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