Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Illinois, US, extend stay-at-home orders through at least May 31 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
  • Decatur, Illinois
  • Moline, Illinois
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Joliet, Illinois
  • Champaign, Illinois
  • Marion, Illinois
  • Lawrenceville, Illinois

This alert began 23 Apr 2020 21:04 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Jun 2020 08:59 GMT.

  • Event: COVID-19 Restrictions
  • Location(s): Illinois (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 31
  • Impact: Movement restrictions, transport and business disruptions

Summary
Governor Jay Robert Pritzker has ordered that Illinois' stay-at-home measure be extended through at least May 31 as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the new order, residents may only leave their homes to perform essential tasks, such as obtaining basic goods and services, care for a person in need, or perform recreational outdoor activities as long as they implement social distancing practices. Residents may also leave their homes if they are employed by businesses and services considered essential, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, fuel stations, essential government services, and companies in the energy, security, transport, and telecommunications industries. All nonessential businesses must remain closed until May 1, at which time nonessential retail stores may reopen only to fill telephone and online orders through pickup and delivery. The new order also mandates that all persons cover their mouths and noses with masks whenever they are in public and are unable to maintain at least 1.8 meters (6 feet) of distance.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will almost certainly deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measure. Officials could amend the order in short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Illinois authorities are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
WHO coronavirus knowledge base: www.who.int

Illinois - COVID-19 Updates: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/