Pritzker, Ezike and Arwady talk about the COVID-19 pandemic at 6 months, and look ahead

Six months after he first issued a disaster proclamation tied to the coronavirus pandemic, followed quickly by a stay-at-home order that shut down businesses and kept people inside for months, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wouldn’t hesitate to act in similar fashion if COVID-19 cases bloom exponentially this fall. “We were the second state in the United States by a few hours, I think, to put a stay-at-home order in and if we needed to do that, the answer is, it worked," Pritzker told the Tribune in an interview earlier this month about the state’s response to the pandemic at its six-month mark. "It works, and so if we had to do that, and again we’re not there, but if we had to do that, I would not hesitate.”