Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to issue a “shelter-in-place” order for the entire state starting Saturday, essentially commanding residents to stay in their homes as the officials take drastic measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, sources told the Chicago Tribune today.
Pritzker is expected to announce the directive at a 3 p.m. Friday news conference along with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot although some details are still being worked out, sources said.
Like California, Pennsylvania and New York, residents can still go to grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well.
“There is no need to run out and hoard food, gas and medicine,” the governor said Thursday. “Buy what you need within reason. There is enough to go around, as long as you do not hoard.”
Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf late yesterday closed all “non-life-sustaining businesses they must close. In his statement, he stated this drastic step needed to be taken as people “did not listen” on an earlier recommendation to close.
California Governor Gavin Newstrom yesterday also ordered nearly it’s 40 million residents “to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” The governor’s order comes with misdemeanor penalties for anyone who violates the restrictions, though he said he believes social pressure will keep people home rather than law enforcement.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also locked down his state and its residents ordering all non-essential businesses to close by Saturday evening.