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Illinois’ stay at home order will be extended to May 30 with modifications

By Jim Hagerty

CHICAGO – Gov. J.B. Pritzker onThursday announced that he will extend the statewide stay-at-home order until May 30 with a number of adjustments.

Under the new order, nonessential retail businesses may offer pickup, curbside service and delivery. Hospitals may resume some elective procedures and surgeries that were canceled as the result the pandemic. However, medical centers must meet certain criteria, and keep enough beds open for possible COVID-19 surges.

State parks will also begin to open. Pritzker said they will open in phases and allow boating with no more than two people, fishing and hiking.

Manufacturing faculties will have minor restrictions under the new order, namely occupancy and social-distancing requirements, the governor said.

Masks or face coverings will be mandated under the new order. Beginning May 1, anyone older than 2 must cover their faces in public.

The current stay-at-home order expires April 30. Pritzker said he will sign the new directive next week.

This story will be updated.

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