Illinois to issue shelter-in-place order: report

The directive follows similar moves in California and New York

Governor of Illinois J. B. Pritzker (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
Governor of Illinois J. B. Pritzker (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Illinois is expected to become the second U.S. state to issue a shelter-in-place order in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to announce the directive, effective Saturday, during a news conference Friday afternoon, sources told the Chicago Tribune.

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Pritzker’s order means all Illinois residents must stay in their homes unless they’re performing essential activities, such as grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, gassing up their cars and taking a walk outside.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a similar order Thursday night, two days after the San Francisco area went under one.

Also on Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out what amount to shelter-in-place rules, including barring employees of non-essential businesses from reporting to work. Instead of calling it shelter-in-place, Cuomo dubbed it “New York on Pause.” [Tribune]Brianna Kelly