As you are probably aware, Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week extended the State’s “Stay at Home” order through May 31. This extension includes new regulations, which go into effect May 1, and allows certain businesses to reopen.
Among other things, the extension mandates the use of face coverings whenever people are in a public place and are unable to keep a six-foot distance from each other. Businesses are encouraged to provide its employees with face coverings whenever social distancing is unfeasible.
Businesses should also try, to the best of their ability, to space customers apart with markings, create one-way aisles, and slow the ingress and egress of customers. These measures will help control occupancy and mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. Businesses should also design an in-store layout that allows employees to keep a safe distance from each other. If this isn’t possible, please have them wear face coverings.
Under the new regulations, retail stores that are considered “non-essential” can open with curbside pickup or delivery. Greenhouses, garden centers, nurseries and animal grooming services will be considered “essential” and may reopen.
The extension also has new stipulations for outdoor activities. Golf will be allowed as long as clubhouses are closed, there is no food service, people golf in twos only, golfers don’t use a cart unless they have a disability, and there is 15 minutes between tee times. Boating and fishing will also now be allowed, given there are only two people per boat. The Department of Natural Resources will reopen some state parks on May 1.