Governor Pritzker’s New Disaster Declaration In Effect Starting today

It’s May first and that means that Governor J.B Pritzker’s new Disaster Declaration is now in effect. The new Disaster Declaration contains some notable changes from the first Disaster Declaration, back in March. This includes new additions to the list of essential businesses in Illinois. Golf Courses, Pet Groomers and Garden Supply stores are now essential businesses and will be allowed to re-open today, under strict guidelines to assure safety. Social Distancing remains for those new businesses.

Also, as part of the new Disaster Declaration, residents of Illinois are asked to wear masks when they go to essential businesses where they cannot guarantee 6 feet of social distancing. Groceries stores, places such as Wal-Mart and many gas stations in Illinois are places where it is strongly suggested that you wear a mask or other such face-covering. Not wearing a mask could lead to the business refusing services.

Below is the main text of the Governor’s new Stay at Home Order and Disaster Declaration.

All individuals over the age of 2 will be required to wear a face covering in public indoor places where they cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Greenhouses, garden centers, nurseries and animal grooming sites may reopen as essential businesses. These businesses must follow social distancing requirements and require employees and customers to wear a face covering.

Retail stores designated as nonessential businesses and operations may reopen to fulfill telephone and online orders through curbside pickup and delivery service.

Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Illinois state parks will begin reopening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of two people will be permitted. Additional guidelines and a list of parks that will open May 1 can be found on the DNR website.

Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

(Break down of the order courtesy of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce.)

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