Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,
Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the statewide Stay at Home Order
by 30 days through the end of April 30, 2020. Complying with the Order is critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and prevent the strain on our healthcare system.
As a reminder, all residents are required to stay at home, unless they work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, such as obtaining food, medicine, or other necessary supplies, but they should not engage in group activities or take any unnecessary trips. Everyone should maintain at least six feet of distancing from others when in public, and take other everyday preventative actions such as washing hands, covering coughs or sneezes, regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.
Businesses not engaged in essential activities are required to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations, which includes activities to preserve inventory, process payroll, or facilitate working from home. Essential businesses that remain open must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements. Please note that under Chicago’s March 18 Public Health Order
, residents exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay at home, even if they work at an essential business. Employers that require sick employees to work, or discipline them for taking sick leave under the Order, could be in violation of Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave law
The extension of the Stay at Home Order is a critical intervention by the State and the City to protect the health of residents and provide relief to the healthcare system. Adhering to the Order will save lives – and it is the responsibility of every Chicagoan to do their part.