Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-32 yesterday, purporting to continue his emergency powers and the suspension of Illinoisans’ rights for what has now been 53 days since he proclaimed the State of Illinois to be a distaster.
Some noteworthy parts of his order:
“the State’s modeling shows that without a ‘stay at home’ order, the number of deaths from COVID-19 would be between 10 to 20 times higher”
“face coverings are required in public indoor spaces”
“retail stores . . . must cap occupancy at 50 percent of store capacity”
“Social Distancing Requirements includes washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer”
“Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures . . . including . . . Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers; and . . . Providing employees with appropriate face coverings”
The Governor says you are still not allowed to leave your house, unless for activity he has deemed essential. If he decided your business is not essential, he now says you can engage only in what he calls “Minimum Basic Operations.”
This order purports to be effective May 1 and has no expiration date.
So according to the ILCS the governor has only 30 days after disaster proclamation to exercise specific powers like limiting the movement of people and shutting down businesses. Can someone please explain how our governor is able to even continue a lockdown when his 30 days are already up?