With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases growing daily, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that he will be extending the state’s disaster proclamation for 30 days. This is the second disaster declaration issued by the Governor in hopes of combating the ongoing COVID-19 health issue.
Under the authority of the disaster declaration, Governor Pritzker has also announced that his original “stay-at-home” order will also be extended through April, and on-site learning for K-12 schools will be extended through the end of April.
As with the original order, essential activities will still be permitted, and essential facilities, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, will remain open. Residents are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, school districts are preparing to transition from Act of God Days to Remote Learning days, with each school district responsible for creating and implementing Remote Learning Day Plans based on their local resources and student needs. Illinois’ K-12 schools were initially closed by the Governor on March 13.
As of March 31, Illinois has nearly 6,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health.