Oak Park Tells Residents To 'Shelter In Place' Through April 3

The village outlines several exceptions, such as grocery shopping.

Sun-Times Media Wire
March 18, 2020 - 7:48 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hours after announcing the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Oak Park, officials announced the west suburb would go on lockdown later this week, becoming the first Illinois municipality to issue a shelter-in-place order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb issued the emergency declaration and Public Health Director Michael Charley issued a public order requiring residents to stay in their homes from March 20 to April 3 to halt the spread of COVID-19, according to a statement from the village.

All residents are ordered to stay in their homes and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people in shared or outdoor spaces, according to a copy of the order obtained from the village. All “non-essential” businesses in the village are also ordered to close.

Exemptions include obtaining healthcare supplies or treatment; obtaining necessary supplies for themselves or household members; caring for family members or pets in other households; performing work “providing essential products and services”; and outdoor activities such as walking, hiking or running, “provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements.”

The order defines a wide range “essential businesses” exempt from the order, including grocery stores, convenience stores, food cultivation, social services, gas stations, news outlets, banks and hardware stores. The village has published the order, including exemptions, online here.

Violating the order will be treated as a violation of the Illinois Public Health Act, a Class A misdemeanor.

Village Hall will remain closed to the public through April 2.

The health department confirmed the Oak Park’s first case of COVID-19 earlier Wednesday afternoon. That patient, a man in his 30s, is recovering at home and is in isolation, village officials said.

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