Illinois governor orders residents to stay at home amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 3:26 PM, Mar 20, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered the state's residents to remain in their homes except for essential needs, joining similar efforts in California and New York to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Pritzker's order announced Friday will still allow the state's 12.6 million residents to seek essentials including groceries and medicine. The order will take effect Saturday.

Pritzker had previously ordered all schools statewide to shut down and limited gatherings to 50 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

He also closed dine-in service at bars and restaurants.