Businesses reopening in Southern Illinois due to eased Stay at Home Order


MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. (WEHT) As of Friday, May 1, Governor J.B. Pritzker has deemed that several businesses can begin to reopen in Illinois. Greenhouses, golf courses, state parks, animal grooming services and more are able to get back to work. Retail stores that offer distance ordering and pickup are starting up again as well.

Golf courses have also had their hands full with customers on their first day back to work. West Berwick Golf Course General Manager Jake Holcomb says that they are making sure that individuals continue to follow social distancing practices.

“Only two can play to a group, and then they have to walk unless they have a physical limitation,” Holcomb said. “So there’s a lot more people out there walking, that aren’t used to walking, but they’re just glad to get out there and enjoy the sunshine and play a little golf.”

Karin Kelsey is the owner of Kbloom, a flower shop in Mount Carmel. She is grateful that people are able to browse the garden center again and able to safely enjoy some activities outside of their homes.

Also beginning today, in places where social distancing is harder to enforce, such as box stores, people will be required to wear masks inside the facilities. 

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(This story was originally published on May 1, 2020)

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