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Illinois Governor Issues Executive Order Requiring Individuals to Stay at Home

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This afternoon, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order in response to COVID-19 (No. 8).  The Order is effective as of Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Here is a link to the Order.

The Order provides that:

  • All individuals in Illinois are to stay at home or at their place of residence, except as allowed by the Order.
  • To the extent individuals are outside of their residence, they must as much as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
  • All business and operations in the State, except Essential Business and Operations, are required to cease all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations or employees or contractors working at home.
  • Prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit, except as provided by the Order.
  • Closes all places of public amusement.
  • Prohibits all travel except for Essential Travel and Essential Activities.
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However, Sections 4 and 5 of the Order provides broad exceptions to the above requirements, including permitted travel and permitted leaving of the home for activities including, but not limited to:

  • Seeking health care.
  • Shopping for necessary supplies and services.
  • Engaging in outdoor activities.
  • Performing work for providing essential products and services at Essential Business Operations.
  • Taking care of others.

Additionally, Sections 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 provide that individuals may leave their residences to:

  • Work for or to obtain services through Healthcare and Public Health Operations.
  • Work for or to obtain services at any Human Services Operations.
  • Provide any services or perform any work necessary to offer, provide, operate, maintain and repair Essential Infrastructure.
  • Provide Essential Government Functions.
  • Provide Essential Businesses and Operations.

Please contact a member of your HMB team with questions about this order.

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