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Governor Pritzker issues "stay-in-place" order through April 7

Governor Pritzker issues

2 weeks, 3 days ago by Scott Hardy

K-12 schools now out through April 7th

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued a stay-in-place order until early next month.

Pritzker announced the order Friday during his daily COVID-19 briefing, saying it would go into effect at 5 PM Saturday, and stay in place through April 7th. He also said that all Illinois K - 12 schools will stay closed an extra week, until April 8th. Pritzker said that there would be exceptions, but that non-essential businesses should shut down, and that anyone who can work from home should do so until the order's lifted. The Governor said that people will still be able to go to the grocery store, to visit a pharmacy, medical office or hospital or to gas up vehicles. He also said that people will still be able to go running, hiking and walk pets. He added quote, "Many, many people will still go to work, for the vast majority of you already taking precautions, your lives will not change very much." He also ordered municipalities across the state to halt all evictions. 

Quincy and Adams County officials issued a statement after Governor Pritzker's order, saying it's not a lock-down, and that law enforcement will exercise their judgement in enforcing the order.

A statement from the County issued Friday says that local law enforcement, along with the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office and the City of Quincy have met and discussed the order. They stress that most daily functions will continue without disruption, and ask people to not quote, "allow fear and panic to control your thoughts or actions. This is not a “shut-down” or a “lock-down”." They add that the steps are designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing. The statement adds that local police and Adams County Sheriff’s deputies will quote, "exercise reason and judgement" in enforcing the order.

On Friday, Pritzker also announced another death from the virus, a Cook County woman in her 70's. She's the fifth person in the state to die from COVID-19. There are 163 new coronavirus cases, and a total of 585 cases in 25 Illinois counties, including one case revealed Thursday in Adams County.

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