Pritzker issues ‘stay at home’ order for state of Illinois beginning Saturday

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Ill. (WEHT) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state of Illinois beginning Saturday.

The drastic action restricts residents to stay in their home except for essential services to slow the spread of coronavirus infections.

Under the directive, residents will still be allowed to leave home for essential services such as trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors, gas stations, and to take walks outside. All roads will also remain open. Trash services and other services will continue.

Jobs deemed essential include: Health care workers, grocery store employees, pharmacists, hardware store workers, plumbers, electricians, day care providers, bank tellers and roles that are essential to a business’ operations such as payroll and security. Restaurants may also remain open for delivery and carry out services.

Additionally, school closings throughout the state are also extended until at least April 8th.

All Chicago parks and libraries will be closed.

Illinois now has 585 positive cases of COVID-19. Five Illinois people have died as a result of COVID-19.

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

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