Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Issues ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order for Entire State

In this Jan. 17, 2018 file photo, Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker participates in a forum with the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board in Chicago. (Rich Hein/Sun Times via AP File)
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a “stay-at-home” order for the entire state which will take effect on Saturday, announcing the policy in a press conference Friday afternoon.

The governor decreed the order as part of the state’s widespread efforts to curb the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus during a press conference Friday afternoon, alongside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the order will not result in the mass closure of roads and would still allow residents to “go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs.”

The news comes as leaders in other states begin to take more aggressive action on a statewide level to combat the spread of the virus.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a stay-at-home order for the state’s 40 million residents:

“We need to bend the curve in the state of California,” Newsom said. “There’s a social contract here. People, I think, recognize the need to do more. They will adjust and adapt as they have.”

While he said home isolation was not his “preferred choice,” he said it is “necessary.”

“This is not a permanent state; it is a moment in time,” he clarified.

Similarly, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered non-essential businesses to instruct their employees to remain at home.

“When I talk about the most drastic action we can take, this is the most drastic action we can take,” Cuomo said during the Friday press conference in Albany.

“These actions will cause disruption, they will cause businesses to close,” he continued. “We’re all in quarantine now. We’re all in various levels of quarantine and it’s hard.”

Cuomo also objected to the phrase “shelter-in-place” — an expression used primarily in active shooter situations.

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