Governor J.B. Pritzker issued his third Disaster Proclamation in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic on April 30, extending the declaration that all Illinois counties are a disaster area for another 30 days, through May 30. To view the governor’s April 30 proclamation, click here.
Along with the new DisasterProclamation, the governor issued a new executive order, 2020-32, which imposes new restrictions pursuant to the governor’s authority under the Disaster Proclamation and loosens some of the restrictions previously imposed by his prior executive order 2020-10. Order 2020-32 can be found in its entirety here.
Order 2020-32 imposes new restrictions on individuals and businesses
Pursuant to Order 2020-32, the following new restrictions have been imposed on business and individuals, effective May 1:
- Individuals over age 2 who can medically tolerate a face covering (i.e. covering over the nose and mouth) must now wear such face coverings when in a public place where they cannot maintain “a six-foot social distance.”
- Individuals must also wear face coverings in stores and other public indoor spaces.
- Retail stores operating as Essential Business are required to
- provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
- cap occupancy at 50 percent of store capacity, or, alternatively, at the occupancy limits based on store square footage set by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
- set up store aisles to be one-way where practicable to maximize spacing between customers and identify the one-way aisles with conspicuous signage and/or floor markings;
- communicate with customers through in-store signage, and public service announcements and advertisements, about the social distancing requirements set forth in this Order (Social Distancing Requirements); and
- discontinue use of reusable bags.
- Manufacturers who are allowed to operate under Order 2020-32 must follow social distancing rules, and “take appropriate precautions.” Examples of precautions under the order are as follow:
- providing face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
- staggering shifts;
- reducing line speeds;
- operating only essential lines, while shutting down non-essential lines;
- ensuring that all spaces where employees may gather, including locker rooms and lunchrooms, allow for social distancing; and
- downsizing operations to the extent necessary to allow for social distancing and to provide a safe workplace in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
- Any business that has employees physically reporting to work “must post the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Office of the Illinois Attorney General regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency. “
Order 2020-32 eases some previous restrictions
The governor’s Executive Order 2020-32 slightly ease some prior restrictions and now allows the following:
- Individuals may now go fishing, boating, and play golf so long as they follow guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
- Individuals may now “engage in the free exercise of religion,” but gatherings are limited to ten people and all must comply with Social Distancing requirements in the process.
- Pet grooming is now allowed under the category of “Healthcare and Public Health Operations.”
- Greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries are now categorized as Essential Business and may operate.
- Retail stores not designated as essential businesses may now open “for the limited purposes of fulfilling telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.”