(NEWS3) — Residents in Illinois will now have to stay at home longer after the governor extended the order.
During a press conference Thursday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he is extending the mandate until May 30. He said he will sign a modified version of the order next week. Originally it was supposed to expire on April 30.
“I know how badly we all want our normal lives back, but this is the part where we have to dig in and understand the sacrifices we’ve made as a state to avoid a worst-case scenario,” Pritzker. “We need to keep going a little while longer to finish the job.”
Pritzker said starting May 1, anyone over the age of two will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place.
Although the order is being extended, the governor said the state will ease some restrictions on businesses.
Outdoor recreation such as state parks will began a phased re-opening. Argyle Lake State Park in Colchester is one of the first parks to open on May 1.
Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines to ensure social distancing is followed.
Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. The stores must follow social distancing requirements and employees must wear a face mask.
Animal grooming services may also re-open.
Retail stores may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.
Hospitals will be allowed to schedule surgeries as long as the hospital has enough personal protection equipment and enough beds.
Last week the governor announced all state schools will finish the academic year online. Illinois High School Association (IHSA) also announced earlier this week all spring sports tournaments are cancelled due to the pandemic.
Illinois is reporting 1,826 new cases and another 123 deaths from coronavirus. This brings the number up to 36,934 total cases and 1,688 deaths. Health officials expect the Illinois’ peak to be in mid May.
Below are current COVID-19 test results in surrounding counties around the NEWS3 viewing area:
- McDonough County: 4 positive, 99 negative, 12 pending
- Schuyler County: 1 positive, 16 negative, 2 pending
- Hancock County: 4 positive, 62 negative, 14 pending
- Warren County: 32 positive, 45 negative and unknown pending
- Fulton County: 1 positive, 63 negative, 3 pending
- Knox County: 18 positive, 165 negative, 76 pending
- Adams County: 32 positive, 781 negative, 61 pending