Shelter in Place FAQ's


On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order prohibits things like visiting the homes of friends and holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential establishments, including most retail, recreation and entertainment businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk.

 For more information on what this order means for you, please see below:

When does the order take effect?

Where does the Stay at Home order apply?

Is this mandatory or just guidance?

How will this order be enforced?

Will the Illinois National Guard be enforcing this order?

I work in an essential service. How will the police know I'm allowed to be outside my house?

Will grocery stores be open?

How can I get medical care if I need it?

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

What if I still have to go to work?

What if I think my business should be closed but I'm still being asked to operate?

Can I order food/groceries?

A certain service is essential for me, but the Governor didn't include it, what do I do?

Will public transportation and ridesharing be available?

Will roads in Illinois be closed?

Can I take a flight out of state? 

What if my home is not a safe environment?

What about homeless people who can't stay at home?

Can I visit friends and family?

What about my pet?

Does the Stay at Home order mean I can't take my kids to the park?

What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?

Can I leave home to go to religious services?

Can I leave home to exercise?

Can I pick up meals being provided by my child's school?

Can I go out to do laundry?

Can I take my child to day care?

What are Prohibited activities?