March 20, 2020: Gov. Pritzker Issues Stay at Home Order
On Friday, March 20, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an order calling on all residents of Illinois to stay at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order can be viewed here. The City of Highland Park, the Mayor, the City Council and City staff wholeheartedly support the Governor's Stay at Home Order. Given the rise of cases of COVID-19 and evidence of community spread, staying home is the best way we can protect the people in our community and healthcare system . The Stay at Home Order is in effect from 5:00pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020 - April 7, 2020. By remaining at home and avoiding all unnecessary public activities, Illinois residents will have the greatest impact on decreasing the spread of coronavirus.
- Essential services – grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations – will still remain open.
- There will be no changes to emergency services, refuse collection schedules, and access to healthcare.
- Residents may enjoy the outdoors – going outside for fresh air, walking the dog – but are asked to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
- Restaurants may continue delivery and carryout. Find a list of restaurants offering delivery, carryout, and curbside pick-up.
- All local roads will remain open to traffic. Airports will also remain open.
- The City will continue to conduct City administrative services via phone or online at www.cityhpil.com. Residents may call 847.432.0800 with questions or to make an appointment if an in-person visit is necessary.
- The Governor extended the statewide school closure through April 8, 2020. D112 and D113 remain closed until further notice.
- The Order provides that all non-essential businesses and operations must close.
Additional information is available on the State of Illinois' COVID-19 Response website.