Illinois governor orders residents to stay home

Coronavirus

ILLINOIS (WEHT)– With the number of positive coronavirus cases and deaths rising– some states are taking drastic measures to protect people.
Similar to New York and California, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has ordered residents to stay at home until April 7th.

If you live in Illinois, like those from Carmi, starting Saturday evening, things will be very different. Because orders from the governor to shelter in place for more than two weeks. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be in trouble if you need to get supplies.

In an attempt to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the coronavirus Pritzker is asking the millions of people who live in the state to stay home. It’s one of many new changes he’s implemented in the last few weeks.

“I know they’re doing I know they’re doing to limit this and keep things under control but at the same time I do think that some of it may be a little bit overkill,” Bryan Cowling says.

Bryan cowling says this new rule is going to affect how he does his job.

“I am an outside sales rep so it’s somewhat limiting me to making calls and sending emails from home,” Cowling says.

Under this order, people will still have access to things like groceries, gas, and medicine. People who work in those buildings are expected to go to work. Along with some in the trades, tellers and daycare workers. White County Sheriff Doug Maier says this is not a time for people to be alarmed.

“We would hope that the public doesn’t panic. I don’t think this is going to have as of a tremendous impact on their lives as they may be thinking,” Maier says.

He says with a staff of less than a doze it’s hard for them to meet this expectation.

“We’re just too small department to think that we would even try to enforce something like this,” he says.

It’s not sure how this shelter in place order will affect people.

Earlier this week restrictions on restaurants were announced. Those still stand. Take out and delivery services are still available during the shelter in place order.

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(This story was originally published on March 20, 2020)

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