The governor ordered the residents of Illinois not to leave their homes until April 7
In its Friday statement, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that from Saturday evening through April 7th, law enforcement agencies have the right to take action in some cases of unauthorized outings without urgent need.
As part of the exclusion from this order, Illinois residents may leave their homes for food or medicine. It is reported that identical orders were enacted in New York and California.
In a statement, Pritzker asked the population not to panic, because these measures were taken to prevent the spread of the incurable virus.
“If there are actions that I can take that will save lives in the midst of this pandemic, no matter how difficult, then I have an obligation,” Pritzker said. “For the vast majority of you already taking precautions, your lives will not change very much.”
The list of exceptions also included persons working in the healthcare system, production and sales of the food industry, as well as logistics organizations.
Before announcing a curfew for the state’s nearly 13 million people, Pritzker ordered all schools closed by the end of March. But during this period the situation with the epidemic only worsened, so the quarantine for all students and teaching staff was extended until April 8th.
“As of Friday afternoon, Illinois has reported 585 cases of COVID-19 in 25 counties, up from 422 a day earlier. The state reported one more death Friday — a woman in her 70s from Cook County — taking the state’s toll to five,” reports Fox32 Chicago.
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