April 23, 2020
Noting that COVID-19 cases have not peaked yet in Illinois, today at his daily press briefing, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced an extension of the state’s stay-at-home order until May 30. Specifically related to hospitals, the Governor announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will issue guidance to surgi-centers and hospitals to allow for certain elective surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions, starting on May 1. Facilities will need to meet specific criteria, including proper personal protective equipment (PPE), ensuring enough overall hospital space remains available for COVID-19 patients, and testing of elective surgery patients to ensure COVID-19 negative status, among other requirements.
Gov. Pritzker is also mandating the use of face coverings for indoor public places and in public places where six-feet of social distancing cannot be achieved. Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers.
The Governor also noted that non-essential retailers can now process online orders and offer curbside pickup. In addition, schools may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings with social distancing procedures in place. Other loosening of restrictions are outlined in the Governor’s order.