‘We know this will be hard’: Pritzker orders Illinois residents to hunker down amid coronavirus

Source: Politico | March 20, 2020 | Shia Kapos

Starting Saturday afternoon, residents will be allowed to go to grocery stores, pharmacies and handle other essentials but are told to otherwise stay home.

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans Friday he will direct the state’s 13 million residents stay home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a move coming less than 24 hours after California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a similar edict.

Effective 5 p.m. Saturday local time all Illinois residents in Illinois will be allowed to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors’ appointments and to get gas for their cars but will otherwise be subject to a “stay at home order” through April 7.

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Non-essential businesses must shut down, Pritzker said, but the “fundamental building blocks” of society will not change. Similar to New York and Ohio, which have also shuttered a range of businesses to fight COVID-19, restaurants are barred from offering dine-in service but take-out and drive-through will continue.

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