Gov. JB Pritzker announces stay-at-home order extended through May 30
From Channel 9 News, Chicago
CHICAGO — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the state will extend its stay-at-home order through May 30 on Thursday, although the modified order will slightly ease some restrictions while implementing new ones as well.
The new order will take effect 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 other 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.
Pritzker’s announcement comes as state health officials confirmed 1,826 new COVID-19 cases and 123 new coronavirus-related deaths. In total, there are 36,934 COVID-19 cases in Illinois, and 1,688 total deaths.
“This is the part where we have to dig in, and we have to understand that the sacrifices we’ve made as a state to avoid a worst case scenario are working, and we need to keep going a little while longer to finish the job,” Pritzker said.
When asked about easing restrictions for gatherings in groups of greater than 10 for things such as wedding receptions or graduations, he said a decision could come sometime later in May.