Friday afternoon update: Governor announces statewide ‘stay at home’ order

This afternoon Governor Pritzker announced a statewide “stay at home” order starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow until April 7. Grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals and pharmacies and other essential businesses will remain open during that time. Carry-out food service will remain available, just as it is now. The state’s highways will remain open and emergency services will continue to operate. This order will extend the statewide school closure though April 8.

This is a temporary protective measure being taken by the Governor to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

For more information, visit or go to and click on COVID-19. You can also contact the Department of Public Health with coronavirus questions and concerns by calling toll-free 1-800-889-3931.

The best way to stop the spread of the illness is to avoid close contact with others as much as possible, and to wash your hands as frequently as you can.

To view the Governor’s full statement, click here.