Illinois Stay-At-Home Order Lifted, But Restrictions Remain

WBBM Newsradio Staff
May 29, 2020 - 3:39 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois’ sweeping stay-at-home order has ended, Gov. Pritzker announced Friday as he and other officials urged residents to continue observing precautions to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. 

All regions of the state have moved into Phase 3 of the “Restore Illinois” plan, allowing several sectors of the economy to reopen, with safeguards. These include hair salons, retail stores, offices and restaurants that can serve diners in outdoor settings.

Pritkzer said he would issue an executive order to reflect these changes. 

"Because Illinois has succeeded in moving beyond staying home as our primary goal, this brings to an end Illinois' stay-at-home order," he said at his daily coronavirus briefing. 

Things are far from normal. People who could be especially vulnerable to the virus should stay at home, the governor advised. And his state director of public health, Ngozi Ezike, stressed that the COVID-19 virus is still around, even if various health metrics across Illinois have improved. 

“While some restrictions are lifting, we must still take personal responsibility to continue the reopening, but safely. We must continue to keep our distance and wear face coverings,” she said.

She also cautioned residents that scam artists may try to take advantage as Illinois government ramps up its “contact tracing” system. In contact tracing, health workers reach out to people who have come into contact with someone known to be infected with COVID-19.

Ezike said contact tracers will not ask for Social Security numbers or financial information. 

“Contact tracing is just another part of our new normal,” said Ezike, who encouraged people to accept calls or texts from genuine contact tracers.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,622 new cases of coronavirus, taking the statewide total to 117,455 to date. That includes 86 new deaths related to COVID-19; 5,270 people in Illinois are believed to have died from the virus since the pandemic began. 

Also Friday, Pritzker announced he would no longer hold daily media briefings on coronavirus. His administration will continue providing information about its efforts to monitor and control the virus, he said. Briefings still may be held on an as-needed basis.