Chicagoans prepare for governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ order

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CHICAGO — Chicagoans are among those in Illinois preparing for the governor’s “stay-at-home” order set to begin Saturday evening.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” began at 5 p.m. Saturday and will go until April 7. Residents have been preparing for it.

Like other states, the order will mean residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs.

All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well. Delivery works should still report to work, the governor said.

Businesses such as gyms, spas, salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors must close by Saturday.

Officials have emphasized that the order is not a lockdown or martial law. They said it’s a way to save lives during the pandemic.

Chicago police will be on the lookout for groups larger than 10, but are not looking to make arrests unless necessary.

Click HERE for a full list of what will be open during the state’s order, or scroll to the bottom of this story.

Schools throughout the state are to be closed until at least April 7, however, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Thursday that Chicago Public Schools will remain closed until April 20.

Many students are taking part in eLearning while buildings remain closed.

One Oak Park first grade teacher, Katie Cairns, is one of many educators now trying to adapt to the constant changes.

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