COVID-19 UPDATE:

Governor Pritzker officially filed the new stay-at-home order on Thursday. A full copy of the order is here .   Key provisions include:

  • Individuals over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or face covering in public when social distancing is not possible.
  • Retail stores can begin to reopen for online and pick up orders.
  • State parks can resume limited functions; camp grounds, playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed. 
  • Beginning May 11th, hospitals and Ambulatory Treatment Centers may resume elective surgeries under new guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  A full copy of the guidance is here.
  • Beginning May 1st, golf courses are allowed to re-open.  A full copy of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  guidance is here .
  • Individuals are allowed to engage in the free exercise of religion as long as social distancing guidelines are followed and limited to gatherings of 10 people.  This change to the order is in response to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court by a Stephenson County church which challenges the Governor’s authority to prevent churches from meeting.

Pritzker issued two additional Executive Orders yesterday. Executive Order 2020-33 reissues Executive Orders 2020-03 through 2020-31, extending most provisions through May 29, 2020.

 Executive Order 2020-34  suspends the requirement that IDFPR issue up to 75 Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses before May 1, 2020. It also suspends certain requirements, including the need for an adult use cannabis dispensing organization agent to obtain an agent identification card from IDFPR prior to beginning work at a dispensary and the need for a medical or adult use cannabis dispensing organization agent to keep an agent identification card visible at all times when in the dispensary.

Illinois reports 2,563 new cases of COVID-19, including 141 additional deaths.  To date, Illinois has 52,918 cases, including 2,355 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois.  As of yesterday, 4953 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1289 patients were in the ICU and 785 patients were on ventilators.