On March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued a “stay-at-home” Executive Order for all residents of Illinois. The purpose of that Executive Order was to try to slow down, but not necessarily stop, the spread of COVID-19. There are numerous exceptions to the “stay-at-home” order.
The “stay-at-home” order went into effect March 21, 2020. The Governor has announced that he will sign a new Executive Order to extend the “stay-at-home” Executive Order through the end of May.
The Governor has also indicated that the new Executive Order will include various modifications to the “stay-at home” order, and are effective May 1, 2020.
This will highlight the anticipated provisions of the to be signed new Executive Order that impact operations of condominium and common interest community associations.

Face Coverings

Individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as grocery stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.
In an abundance of caution associations should consider this applicable to the use of common areas of the association (ex. hallways, lobbies, elevators).
Essential Businesses
Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, and must follow requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.
In an abundance of caution associations should consider this applicable to employees of the association.
Further Details
Below are further details from Governor Pritzker’s new stay at home order, which goes into effect May 1, 2020:
  • Outdoor Recreation: State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. A list of parks that will be open on May 1 and additional guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website. Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed.
  • New Essential Businesses: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.
  • Non-Essential Retail: Retail stores not designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.
  • Schools: Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.
  • Surgery Centers: The Illinois Department of Public Health will also be issuing guidance to surgi-centers and hospitals to allow for certain elective surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions, starting on May 1. Facilities will need to meet specific criteria, including proper PPE, ensuring enough overall space for COVID-19 patients remains available, and testing of elective surgery patients to ensure COVID-19 negative status.

 

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