With more than 750 people testing positive for the Coronavirus, Illinois is now under a stay-at-home order and there are a list of things that you can still do and a few things you cannot do.
The order that Governor Pritzker signed prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household, except to participate in essential activities.
Essential activities are:
• For health and safety: Seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication or visiting a health care professional
• For necessary supplies and services: Obtaining groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences
• For outdoor activity: Walking, hiking, running or biking - including going to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, except for playgrounds
• For certain types of work: Providing essential products and services at Essential Businesses or Operations or otherwise carrying out activities specifically permitted in the order, including Minimum Basic Operations
• To take care of others: Caring for or transporting a family member, friend or pet in another household
For even more information on what you can do and what businesses can still operate, click this link.
Reports say that Illinois State Police, Chicago police and local departments will not arrest you If you are outside. If law enforcement sees you doing something that you are not supposed to do under the order, they will most likely engage you in a conversation and tell you why what you are doing isn't allowed. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she doesn't see many people having to be arrested because most will comply.
Police will serve cease and desist notices to business who are opened their doors even though the order says they should be closed. First there will be a warning and then business could face criminal charges if they don't close.