Modified stay-at-home order starts Friday in Illinois

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CHICAGO (WEHT) In his daily coronavirus briefing, llinois Governor JB Pritzker reminded viewers that some stay-at-home order restrictions will be eased on May 1.

One of the biggest changes requires anyone who’s more than two years old to wear a face-covering or mask in public situations where they’re unable to maintain a distance of six feet from others.

Also under the order: garden centers and animal groomers can reopen, retailers can allow pickup, and some state parks will reopen to the public.

Here are some of the modifications that will be included in Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, which takes effect May 1-30:

  • PARKS REOPENING: Some state parks will reopen starting May 1, although visitors will still need to follow social distancing guidelines. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. Here’s a list of which parks are reopening in Illinois.
  • GOLF: Golf will be permitted under “strict safety guidelines,” so long as proper social distancing is followed on the course.
  • NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. Animal grooming services may also re-open. In addition to following social distancing requirements, they must require employees and customers to wear a face covering.
  • NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores not designated as essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.
  • FACE COVERINGS: Beginning May 1, individuals who are over two years old and medically able will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in public indoor spaces like stores, or any other public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance.
  • 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.
  • HOSPITALS AND SURGERY CENTERS: Surgi-centers and hospitals will be allowed to offer certain elective surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions, starting on May 1. Facilities will need to meet specific criteria, including testing surgery patients to ensure they don’t have COVID-19.

Five state Republican lawmakers have filed lawsuits to block the governor’s order.

A judge granted an injunction for State Representative Darren Baily, but Pritzker has filed an appeal.

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(This story was originally published on April 30, 2020)

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