- On March 21, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order that requires all residents to “stay at home,” mandates social distancing of at least 6 feet and prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. The order takes effect today at 5 PM and lasts through April 7th.
Exceptions are made for Essential Activities, Essential Businesses and for Minimum Basic Operations for all Businesses.
Essential Activities are activities regarding the health and safety of you and members of your household such as taking care of family members, friends or pets, obtaining necessary supplies and services, and certain outdoor activities.
People may leave home to operate Essential Businesses, which include:
- Food and beverage stores, manufacturers and distributors
- Healthcare and childcare
- Government and social services
- Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
- Financial institutions and professional services (legal, accounting, insurance and real estate)
- Hardware stores
- Infrastructure and critical trades (plumbers and electricians, janitorial, security, etc.)
- Supply chain, logistics and delivery services
- Educational institutions for distance learning and research
- Restaurants for consumption off premises
- Businesses that sell, make or supply products to allow people to work from home
- Businesses that supply or service Essential Businesses (IT, medical, security, etc.)
- Transportation-related businesses (taxi, Uber, etc.)
- Hotels, motels and funeral-related services
People may also leave home to conduct Minimum Basic Operations for all Businesses. These activities include maintaining inventory, preserving the condition of business locations, security, processing payroll and facilitating employees working remotely.
If you have employees leaving home for such activities, you may consider providing them with a certificate to present to law enforcement and notifying human resources of any citations they receive.
To see the full Executive Order, click here.