Thursday, April 30, 2020
All Municipal Officials
IML Board of Directors
Brad Cole, Executive Director
Illinois Municipal League
COVID-19 Update: EXTENDED EXECUTIVE ORDERS: Thursday, April 30, 2020
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Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 2,563 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 52,918 cases, including 2,355 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. Cases by county can be found on the state’s coronavirus website at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
IDPH is providing hospital resource utilization data on their website (available via this link), including intensive care unit bed and ventilator usage. This data is updated regularly and may be subject to change as a result of IDPH’s continuous data validation and hospital follow-up efforts.
Today, Governor JB Pritzker signed a new disaster proclamation (available via this link) that went into effect immediately and lasts through May 29.
Also today, the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-32 (available via this link) that modified and extended his original Stay at Home Order. The order goes into effect on May 1 and lasts through May 29. The following modifications have been made to Governor JB Pritzker’s original Stay at Home Order (Executive Order 2020-10):
- Face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals, when medically tolerable, who are in public places and unable to maintain adequate social distancing of six feet, except for children under age two and when with members of the same household. Face coverings will be required in indoor public places such as stores. The Illinois Municipal League (IML) has developed an informational piece for municipalities to use to comply with the order’s face covering requirements.
- All essential businesses may remain open consistent with the original executive order. Essential retail stores shall reduce their occupancy capacity to 50% or to the capacity set by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) based on store square footage, provide face coverings to all employees who cannot maintain social distancing of six feet at all times, set up store aisles to be one-way, communicate these requirements to customers through signage and public service announcements and discontinue use of reusable bags.
- Non-essential retail stores may reopen to take orders online or over the phone for either curbside pickup (outside the store) or delivery. Employees must maintain social distancing of six feet or wear a face covering when that is not possible.
- All businesses that have employees physically reporting to a work-site must post IDPH’s guidance regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency. The IDPH guidance is not yet available, but we will share it once it is released.
- Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two per watercraft will be permitted.
- Golf courses will be permitted to open only when following strict guidelines provided by DCEO (available via this link).
- Some state parks will be reopened. The list of state parks that will reopen is available via this link.
- Pet grooming services will be allowed to reopen.
- Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings and dormitory move-out. These procedures must be in a manner consistent with public health guidelines and social distancing requirements.
The order still requires all individuals currently living in the State of Illinois to avoid travel and stay at home or their place of residence. Individuals may only leave their residence to perform essential activities.
The order provides that all non-essential business and operations must cease except for minimum basic operations as defined by the order. “Essential Businesses and Operations” that may continue include: stores that sell groceries; food production and agriculture; organizations that provide charitable and social services; media; gas stations and businesses needed for transportation; financial institutions; hardware and supply stores; critical trades; mail, post, shipping, logistics and delivery services; educational institutions (for the purposes of facilitating distance learning); laundry services; restaurants for off-premises consumption; supplies to work from home; supplies for essential businesses and operations; transportation; home-based care and services; residential facilities and shelters; professional services; day care centers for employees exempted by this order; manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries; critical labor union functions; hotels and motels; and, funeral services.
The Governor’s order still allows Essential Governmental Functions to operate, including municipal governments. Per the order, “Essential Governmental Functions” means all services provided by the state or any municipal, township, county, subdivision or agency of government and needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies or to provide for and support the health, safety and welfare of the public, and including contractors performing Essential Governmental Functions. Each governmental body shall determine its Essential Governmental Functions and identify employees and/or contractors necessary to the performance of those functions.
The Governor also signed Executive Order 2020-33 (available via this link), which extends previous executive orders through May 29. That includes Executive Order 2020-07 (available via this link), which suspended certain provisions of the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Linked here is our updated information sheet regarding OMA.
IML has updated the various resources we have created for municipal officials to incorporate the changes made by the new Stay at Home Order. Those documents are:
- Frequently Asked Questions: Governor’s Executive Order 2020-32 (Stay at Home Order)
- Open Meetings Act: Public Participation and Comment During the COVID-19 Crisis
- COVID-19: State of Emergency and Public Gatherings
Today, the Illinois Gaming Board announced the extension of their suspension of all video gaming operations and all casino gambling operations until further notice. The Gaming Board’s announcement is available via this link.
As a reminder, Governor Pritzker’s office is holding conference calls twice a week with federal, state and local officials regarding their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These calls will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The call-in information for the Friday, May 1, conference call is below:
- Phone Number: (312) 535-8110
- Access Code: 287 449 935#
The Governor’s Office is continually updating their COVID-19 resources. Linked here is the most recent edition of their Daily COVID-19 FAQs.To assist their efforts, the Governor’s Office is collecting and responding to questions regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They have created an email address, Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff compiles all inquiries and responds with answers.
As we have previously noted, it is our suggestion that municipalities consider postponing or cancelling community events and large gatherings through early summer to help continue fighting the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, municipalities may wish to avoid signing any legal contracts committing to community events until more guidance is provided by the state or federal governments regarding when those events should resume. As always, consultation with your retained attorney or legal counsel is recommended prior to such actions.
IML is posting all of this information and more on our COVID-19 resources page available at iml.org/covid.
The State of Illinois’ central website for COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
The Illinois Municipal League will continue to distribute timely, reliable and pertinent information as it becomes available. Please feel welcome to share these messages with municipal officials and others in your community. As always, thank you for your dedication to your community. Please feel welcome to contact me at any time, for any reason. Thanks.
BRAD COLE | Executive Director
ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE
500 East Capitol Avenue | PO Box 5180 | Springfield, Illinois 62705
phone: 217.525.1220 | cell: 618.201.7320 | fax: 217.525.7438