Illinois essential businesses: What is open and what is closed during ‘stay at home’ order?

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CHICAGO — With the entire state now under a stay-at-home-order, it’s important to know what type of businesses will remain open and which ones will close.

The order began at 5 p.m. Saturday and will go until April 7. 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.

The governor emphasized that essential businesses will not be closed. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well. Delivery workers should still report to work, the governor said.

“People need to relax,” said frozen pizza delivery driver Ryan Dodd. “Realize there will still be product on the shelves. They shouldn’t be over-buying and stacking up for months.”

For more than 20 years, Mustafa Quad has ran Milwaukee Furniture in Wicker Park. Quad has shut down his shop until April 7 and will be checking online orders from home.

“Whatever needs to be done, needs to be done,” Quad said.

On Michigan Avenue, some stores boarded their windows up Saturday ahead of the stay-at-home order.

In addition to several businesses that will remain open, the CTA will continue to run.

See the full executive order below:

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