Illinois has been under a stay at home order for two months.
As the weather warms up, and we naturally feel more inclined to get outdoors, it's important to keep following the state's emergency order to stay at home and stick with social distancing.
New data reported by the Chicago Tribune shows how Cook County residents traveled. Before the pandemic, Cook County residents stayed at home about 40% of the time. In mid-April that number peaked with residents at home 80% of the time. But by late-April / early-May, that number dropped to 74% of the time at home.
Governor Pritzker laid out a roadmap for reopening Illinois, with the next phase starting as early as May 29th. In this phase (phase three), different sectors will be allowed to open with social distancing measures in place:
Non-essential manufacturing can open with social distancing.
Bars & restaurants, in addition to takeout and delivery, will be allowed to open for outdoor seating with tables six feet apart.
All Illinois State Parks will reopen on May 29.
Gyms, health clubs, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training indoors and outdoor classes of up to 10 people.
Personal care services (salons, tattoo shops, spas, and barbers) can open with capacity limits.
All retail stores can open with in-person capacity limits.
You can follow along with Illinois' performance against these measures. The most important thing you can do is keep it up! Limit your movement, wear a mask, and stay six feet apart.