Governor Pritzker ordered a stay at home mandate except for essential services until at least April 7. According to the Governor’s Downstate Liaison, Oil and Gas operations are deemed Essential Services.
Illinois reported its first three deaths connected to the coronavirus this week.
Governor Pritzker unveiled a comprehensive website to share resources and state announcements.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security received over 41,000 unemployment benefit claims on Monday and Tuesday of this week. That same two-day period last year saw less than 4,500 claims.
The Secretary of State has closed all offices and motor vehicle facilities.
The state is applying for a statewide Economic Injury Declaration with the US Small Business Administration to receive disaster assistance low-interest loans for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
The Department of Labor is allowing employees to work seven days per calendar week during the outbreak. Employers must submit an application to the Department of Labor, but the application will be deemed approved once it is filed. Illinois currently requires 24 consecutive hours of rest in every calendar week.
The Governor said in a press conference this week that he is assuring Illinoisans that essential services will always remain open, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.