Gov. Pritzker issues ‘stay at home’ order

(NEWS3) — Illinois residents will be expected to “stay at home” following a measure made my Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Saturday, Pritzker has ordered all residents to shelter in place unless for essential reasons.

This order means residents can still go to grocery stores, the gas station, take walks outside and pick-up prescriptions among other priorities. Streets and highways will remain open to traffic.

The states of New York and California have issued similar orders state-wide during the crisis.

This move by Gov. Pritzker is one of a string of orders taken as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to mount in Illinois. There are currently 585 positive confirmed cases in the state and five people have died due to the outbreak.

Bars and restaurants are banned from offering dine-in service until March 30 and school are closed until April 8.

The mass of safety precautions taken across the state has prompted action locally, from closing or reducing hours at area businesses to restricting access and canceling meetings with local governments.

The “stay at home” order starts Saturday at 5 p.m. and ends April 7.