Oct 21, 2020

Illinois State and Local Action on COVID-19

For a complete look at federal and state action related to the coronavirus, visit MWC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Facts and Resources website.

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Current Status

  • For the latest updates, visit Illinois’s coronavirus website: coronavirus.illinois.gov.
  • For details on the State’s reopening plan, Restore Illinois, see below.
  • On July 15th, in response to an increase in cases, the State released a COVID-19 Mitigation plan, which increases the number of reopening regions in the State to 11 and provides additional tools to combat a resurgence in COVID-19.
    • See the “Updated COVID-19 Mitigation Plan” section below for details.
    • Effective October 3, enhanced mitigations will be placed on Region 1 because of increasing case numbers.
    • Effective October 22, enhanced mitigations will be placed on Region 5
    • Effective October 23, enhanced mitigations will be placed on Will, Kankakee, DuPage, and Kane counties because of increasing positivity rates
    • Mitigations include no indoor service at bars and restaurants, nightly closures, and capacity reductions of 25 people or 25% in places including gaming facilities
  • As of June 22, Chicago Lakefront trails reopened. City beaches are to remain closed until further notice.
  • On October 16, Governor Pritzker issued an Ninth Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation effective immediately for 30 days to November 15
    • Successive Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations have been issued going back to the first one on March 9
  • The Stay-at-Home (SAH) is no longer in effect. Entering Phase 4 of the reopening plan, the State is now subject to a Community Revitalization Order.
    • See EO 2020-43 section for more details. This order incorporates all Phase 4 Restore Illinois guidance. The gathering limit increases to 50 with many businesses operating at 50% capacity unless other occupancy limits are established by DCEO.
    • In Phase 4, restaurants and bars can resume on-premises consumption; gyms, movie theatres all reopen; and film production resumes with restrictions.
  • Restaurants and bars can resume on-premises consumption but are encouraged to prioritize delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining.
    • All indoor dining must be compliant with DCEO guidance.
  • All public and nonpublic K-12 schools can resume in-person education, such as summer school, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Social distancing is required and schools must provide PPE to both students and staff.
    • See EO 2020-40 for details.
  • The State has created three new small business relief programs totaling $94M. See below for details.
  • Federal government approved first federal Major Disaster Declaration for Illinois on March 26, which will increase emergency federal funding to expand hospital and housing capacity and allow for expanded telehealth. A second declaration for all 102 counties has also been approved.
  • Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund – Donor fund meant to support the state’s non-profits in their efforts to aid the most vulnerable.
    • Chaired by former U.S. Commerce Secretary and governor’s sister Penny Pritzker
    • $23M in initial funds
  • Arts for Illinois Relief Fund – Fund meant to support individual artists and non-profits arts organizations through grant making process.
    • Website: ArtsforIllinois.org
    • $4M in initial funds

~355,000 Confirmed Cases, 102 Counties, 9,345 Deaths, ~6,950,000 Total Tests Performed (Illinois Department of Public Health)

Re-Opening and Mitigation Plan

Updated COVID-19 Mitigation Plan – Released July 15th  

With a resurgence in cases across the country and in parts of Illinois, as well as increased testing and contact tracing ability in the state, Governor Pritzker released a COVID-19 Mitigation plan on July 15th. Among other things, it increases the number of reopening regions from four to 11, which are based on IDPH’s 11 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions. Notably, Chicago is now its own region and the collar counties have been split up to more accurately reflect regional dynamics.

Eleven Regions:

The updated regions are as follows:

  • NORTH: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago
  • NORTH-CENTRAL: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Woodford
  • WEST-CENTRAL: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott
  • METRO EAST: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
  • SOUTHERN: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, Williamson
  • EAST-CENTRAL: Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion
  • SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
  • WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
  • NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
  • SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
  • CHICAGO: City of Chicago

Resurgence Criteria:

What could cause a region to become more restrictive? (As with the original Restore Illinois plan, regions can move backwards independently).

  1. Sustained increase in 7-day rolling average (7 out of 10 days) in the positivity rate

AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Sustained 7-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19 like illness
  2. Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds under 20%)

OR:

  1. > 8% positivity rate over three consecutive days.

Resurgence Response Actions:

If the resurgence criteria are met, the following options are available. See below for the different tiers and menu of options at each based on the setting. This is also available on page 3 of the State’s COVID-19 mitigation plan, which can be found here.

Highlights of Restore Illinois Plan

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released his Restore Illinois plan (link to full plan) for re-opening the state’s economy. The plan envisions five phases of re-opening and initially divided the state into four regions, which can proceed through the different phases at different times based on local conditions. The entire state is currently in Phase 4 as of June 26th.

Phase 1: Rapid Spread

  • Gatherings: Essential gatherings of 10 or fewer; others prohibited.
  • Businesses: WFH save for Minimum Basic Operations
  • Retail, Hospitality: Essential retail open. Bars and restaurants pickup and delivery only.
  • Gating Criteria for Next Phase: Ability to conduct 10,000 tests daily; testing for symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders.

Phase 2: Flattening

  • Gatherings: Essential gatherings of 10 or fewer; others prohibited.
  • Businesses: WFH save for Minimum Basic Operations
  • Retail and Hospitality: Essential stores remain open; Non-essential open for pickup and delivery. No change for bars and restaurants.
  • Gating Criteria for Next Phase: Note that data will be tracked from the time a region enters its current phase. Data available on the IDPH website.
    • Cases and Capacity:
      • At or under 20 positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period AND
      • No overall increase (decrease or stability) in hospitalizations for COVID-like symptoms for 28 days
      • 14 percent surge capacity of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators.
    • Testing: Testing available for ALL patients, healthcare workers, first responders, people with underlying conditions, residents and staff in congregate facilities
    • Tracing: Begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis.

Phase 3: Recovery

All four regions of the State entered phase 3 May 1st and progressed to the next phase on Friday, June 26th.

  • Gatherings: ALL gatherings of 10 or fewer allowed, subject to change based on data.
  • Businesses: Non-essential businesses are allowed to return to work with telework encouraged where possible. Must follow IDPH safety guidance.
  • Retail: Open with reduced capacity limits and safety guidance, including face coverings.
  • Bars and Restaurants: No change from Phase 2.
  • Gating Criteria for Next Phase:
    • Cases and Capacity: Tracking data from beginning of Phase 3. Must continue to meet ALL Phase 2 criteria
    • Testing: Testing available in region regardless of symptoms or risk factors.
    • Tracing: Begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of region’s cases.

Phase 4: Revitalization

This is the phase all four regions of the state are in as of Friday, June 26th. At a minimum, Phase 4 will last until July 24th. However, Phase 5 requires reaching a post-pandemic state.

  • Gatherings: Gatherings of 50 or fewer allowed, subject to change based on data
  • Businesses: All employees return to work with safety guidance. Employers should provide accommodations to vulnerable populations.
  • Bars and Restaurants, Health Clubs, Personal Care, Entertainment, Retail: All open with capacity limits and IDPH safety guidance. This includes dine-in service, fitness centers and movie theatres.
  • Gating Criteria for Next Phase: Post-pandemic status through a vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or sustained elimination of cases (e.g. herd immunity).

Phase 5: Illinois Restored

  • All sectors of the economy fully operational in post-pandemic status.
  • Conventions, festivals and large events CANNOT occur until this phase.

Moving Backwards

It is possible to move back to a previous phase if the data worsen. In all phases, this could include: sustained rise in positivity rate, sustained increase in COVID-like hospitalizations, reduction in surge capacity or a significant outbreak in a region. Please see the COVID-19 mitigation section above.

DCEO Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

  • Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program provides $636 million in economic relief for small business impacted by COVID-19.
  • Funding may be used for working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs

Round 1 (August 2020) ─ $49M

The first round of BIG funding was directed to restaurants, personal care services, gyms, and businesses located in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs). $49 million was disbursed to 2,800 in all 78 counties in Illinois. Grants averaged $17,000 each with the majority given to business in economically distressed communities.

Round 2 (September 17, 2020) ─$220M

  • The second round of applications for $220 million in funding went live September 17
    • This round has a particular focus on business downstate and in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), specifically:
      • Heavily Impacted Industries: $60 million for heavily distressed industries, such as movie theatres, performing arts venues, concert venues, indoor recreation, amusement parks, and more.
      • Disproportionately Impacted Areas: $70 million set aside for DIAs, defined by zip codes identified by the General Assembly for communities that are most economically distressed and vulnerable to COVID-19.  A map to see if a business is in a DIA can be found here.
      • Downstate Communities: $100 million is reserved for businesses in downstate and rural communities of Illinois.
      • Priority Businesses: Applications from the following types of businesses will be prioritized for review for remaining funds:  businesses directly affected by regional mitigations implemented by the state or local governments, independently owned retail, tourism- and hospitality-related industries including accommodations, and more.
      • Agriculture: $5 million of the remainder of funds will be set aside for livestock production disruptions. Applications will be available from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
      • Grants and Loan Forgiveness for Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan recipients: As authorized by the General Assembly, DCEO will offer grants for businesses that have incurred eligible costs to offset loans received under the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan program.  This round of loan forgiveness and grants will go to businesses that have received loans or remain on the wait list and the program will sunset going forward as DCEO and its partners focus on making BIG awards.

Small Business Relief – Governor Announces Three New Programs

By March 27th, small businesses will be eligible to receive a share of $94+ million in state emergency assistance through three new programs.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund – $60M

  • Partnership between the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR), Accion, Illinois Bankers Association, and the Community Bankers Alliance of Illinois.
    • $60 million loan fund
      • $30M in loan loss reserve, consisting of $20M in DCEO funds, $10M from banking community.
    • All businesses with under 50 employees and under $3M in 2019 revenue outside Chicago are eligible to apply. 
      • Allowing up to $50,000 low interest loans with five-year repayment terms
      • Required payments not due for six months then fixed payments at 3% interest for the remainder of the five-year loan term.
      • Applications will be available on DCEO and state’s coronavirus website on Friday, March 27th.

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program – $20M

  • Focus on suburban and rural low-income communities
  • Up to $25,000 grants served by DCEO’s Office of Community Development
  • Businesses of up to 50 employees partner with their local governments to obtain up to $25,000 in working capital
  • This program redeploys Community Development Block Grant funds.
  • Applications available on DCEO’s website on Friday, March 27th.

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program – $14M

  • DCEO grants intended for hotels, bars, restaurants to support working capital like job training, rent, increased pickup and delivery. Program closed and grants awarded.

Executive Orders

COVID 19 Executive Order Number 57 (2020-61) ─ Region 7 & Region 8 Mitigations

  • Implements mitigation measures for Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties)
  • Same restrictions as outlined in EO 2020-54

COVID 19 Executive Order Number 56 (2020-60) ─ Region 5 Mitigations

  • Implements mitigation measures for Region 5 (Marion, Jefferson, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Perry, Jackson, Franklin, Williamson, Saline, Hamilton, White, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Massac and Pulaski counties)
  • Same restriction as outlined in EO 2020-54

COVID 19 Executive Order Number 54 (2020-58) ─ Rescinds Metro East Mitigations

  • Rescinds Executive Order 2020-54, which implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures in Region 4

COVID 19 Executive Order Number 53 (2020-57) ─ Cannabis Identification Cards

  • Suspends the requirement that a medical or adult use cannabis cultivation center agent must have a completed background check when applying for an agent identification card
  • Suspends the requirement that the Department of Agriculture must approve or deny an application within 30 days

COVID 19 Executive Order Number 52 (2020-56) ─ Region 1 Mitigations, October 2, 2020

  • Implements mitigation measures for Region 1 (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties)
  • Same restrictions as outlined in EO 2020-54

COVID 19 Executive Order Number 51 (2020-55) ─ Extension of previous COVID-19 EO’s, Rescission of Region 7 restrictions, September 18, 2020

  • Similar to EO 2020-52, extends most COVID-19 EOs for another 30 days through October 17.
  • This includes a moratorium on residential evictions, an extension of cannabis license issuance deadlines, etc.
  • Rescinds Region 7 restrictions as discussed in EO 2020-54

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 50 (2020-54) – Region 4 Mitigations, September 2, 2020

Due to continued high positivity rates, effective September 2nd at 5 PM:

Due to Region 4’s three consecutive days of 8% positivity in its COVID-19 tests, effective 5 PM on September 2nd:

  • Bars and Restaurants Must Suspend Indoor Dining and Close 11 PM – 6 AM
    • Bars and restaurants in the region must close at 11 PM each night until 6 AM the following day.
    • In-person indoor dining is suspended.  
    • On-premises eating and drinking must be at seated tables spaced at least 6 ft. apart and multiple parties must not be seated at the same table.
    • Every party must have a reservation, even if made on-site, for contact tracing purposes.
    • Customers must wait off-premises with their party.
  • Reduced Capacity Limits for Meetings and Social Events.
    • Capacity reduced to LESSER of 25 people or 25% room capacity
    • Attendance lists must be kept for contact tracing
    • No party buses allowed.
  • Reduced Capacity Limits for Gaming and Casinos.
    • Gaming venues and casinos must close and video gaming terminals must stop operating from 11 PM – 6 AM.
    • 25% capacity limit.
    • Must follow restaurant and bar mitigations in those portions of their facilities. 
  • ALL Businesses shall institute remote work for high risk individuals.
    • For all other employees, businesses shall evaluate whether additional workers can telework.
  • This EO supplements the existing Community Revitalization Order (EO 2020-43), except, in cases of conflict, the stricter limitations in this EO shall apply.
  • Region 4 contains Metro East and surrounding areas.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 46 (2020-50) – Resumes County Jail Transfers to IDOC, July 27, 2020

  • The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) will resume accepting the transfer of individuals from Illinois county jails. Specific health and safety factors will be taken into account when determining the process for transfers to IDOC.
  • Rescinds Executive Order 2020-13.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 45 (2020-48) – Reissues Most Previous COVID-19 EOs, July 24, 2020

  • Reissues MOST EOs, extending a majority of their provisions through August 22, 2020.
  • Among those NOT reissued: EO 2020-41, which suspended in-person registration requirements for sports betting.
  • EO 2020-30, as amended by EO 2020-33, which prohibits commencement of residential eviction proceedings shall remain in effect to allow IHDA to distribute money directly to landlords or property owners (on behalf of eligible tenants and homeowners) under the two housing (rental and mortgage) assistance programs.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 44 (2020-47) – Permissive In-Person Learning, July 24, 2020

  • All public and nonpublic schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students may open for in-person learning after the regular 2019-2020 school term. All schools must follow IDPH and ISBE health guidelines, including using PPE, temperature checks, hygienic practices, social distancing, and limiting people to 50 or fewer in one space.

Executive Order 2020-46 – Extends the Census Advisory Panel, July 9, 2020

  • Aligning with the federal government’s extended Census data collection period due to the pandemic, the Census Advisory Panel (housed within DHS) shall continue to serve as an advisory board to help to ensure a complete and accurate Census count in Illinois through December 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 43 (2020-45) – Suspending Ag Cannabis License Issuance

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, or until the Illinois Department of Agriculture  (IODA) issues a new date:
    • IODA requirements to issue up to 40 Craft Grower Licenses by July 1, 2020 is suspended.
    • IODA requirements to issue up to 40 Infuser Licenses by July 1, 2020 is suspended.
    • IODA requirements to issue Transporting Organizing Licenses by July 1, 2020 is suspended.
    • Beginning July 1, 2020, the requirement that a cultivation center shall not “transport cannabis or cannabis-infused products to a craft grower, dispensing organization, infuser organization, or … unless it has obtained a Transporting Organization License” is suspended.
    • Submissions to Community College Cannabis Vocational Pilot Programs are suspended until September 1st, 2020 or the end of the disaster proclamations.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 41 (2020-43) – Community Revitalization Order (Phase Four), June 26th, 2020

  • Resumes and expands activities paused or limited in Phases 1-3, superseding previous EOs (2020-38, 2020-32, and 2020-07).
  • Individual public health requirements.
    • Social distancing.
    • Face coverings in public or while working.
    • Additional precautions for elderly and those who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
    • No gatherings of larger than 50 people, subject to exceptions.
    • Conduct activities outdoors whenever possible.
  • Public health measures for ALL businesses.
    • Facilitate remote work whenever possible.
    • Practice social distancing and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
    • Ensure all employee gathering spaces allow for social distancing.
    • Ensure all customers and vendors visiting the worksite maintain social distancing and encourage them to wear face coverings.
    • Prominently post IDPH guidance.
  • Industry specific public health measures.
    • Retail stores.
      • Provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain 6 ft social distance from other employees and customers.
      • Maximum occupancy of 50% of store capacity OR DCEO occupancy limits based on store square footage.
      • Communicate with customers about social distancing and face covering requirements through in-store signage and PSAs.
      • Discontinue the use of reusable bags.
    • Manufacturers.
      • Provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain 6 ft social distance.
      • Ensure all employee gathering spaces allow for social distancing.
      • Modify and downsize operations through staggering shifts, reducing line speeds, operating only essential lines, shutting down non-essential lines.
    • Office buildings.
      • Provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain 6 ft social distance.
      • Consider implementing capacity limits where space does not allow for social distancing.
      • Allow telework where possible.
      • Develop and prominently post plans and signage to ensure social distancing in shared spaces.
    • Meetings and Events
      • Indoor venues and meeting spaces can operate at or below 50% capacity while in accordance with DCEO guidance
    • Restaurants and bars.
      • Indoor on-premises consumption is prohibited.
        • Outdoor on-premises consumption is permitted. 
      • Carry out and delivery are encouraged.
    • Fitness and exercise gyms.
      • Fitness and exercise gyms can reopen at or below 50% capacity, in accordance with DCEO guidance.
      • Must use social distancing and other precautions.
    • Personal service facilities – may open but must ensure the use of face coverings, social distancing, and capacity limits.
    • Outdoor recreation, youth day camps, and youth sports – may open but must ensure the use of face coverings, social distancing, and capacity limits.
    • Places of public amusement – may resume services compliant with DCEO guidance for indoor/outdoor recreation, museums, zoos, aquariums, theatres and performing arts, and outdoor seated spectator events. 
    • Film Production – may operate with restrictions contained in DCEO guidance.
  • Minimum Basic Operations - All businesses may continue to:
    • Perform necessary activities to maintain the value of inventory, preserve the condition of physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
    • Perform necessary activities to allow for remote work.
    • Fulfill online and pick-up/delivery orders.
  • Exemptions.
    • Free exercise of religion – religious organizations are encouraged, but not required, to follow IDPH guidelines.
    • Emergency functions.
    • Governmental functions.
  • Defines “social distancing” to include maintaining at least 6 ft of distance from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes, regularly cleaning high-tough surfaces, and not shaking hands.
    • Required measures.
      • Designate with signage, tape, or other means 6 ft social distance.
      • Provide hand sanitizing products.
      • Separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers.
      • Online and remote access.
      • Provide employees with appropriate face coverings and requiring that they wear them when they cannot maintain social distance.
  • Enforcement – Violations of this order, DCEO, or IDPH guidance may be enforced by state and local law enforcement.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 40 (2020-42) – Cancellation of State Fairs, June 12th, 2020

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the Department of Agriculture is ordered to cancel the State Fairs scheduled for 2020.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 39 (2020-41) – Suspension of In-Person Sports Wagering Registration Requirement, June 4, 2020.

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the provisions of the Sports Wagering Act requiring in-person creation of a sports wagering account for mobile or online betting is suspended. 

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 38 (2020-40) – Limited School Reopening, June 4th, 2020.

  • All public and private schools pre-K-12 schools may open for limited in-person educational purposes, such as summer school, following the regular 2019-2020 school year. Must follow IDHP guidance during Phase 3.
    • Limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
    • Social distancing.
    • Hygienic practices including, handwashing for 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes, discouraging sharing of personal items, and regularly cleaning surfaces.
    • Require use of personal protective equipment, including face coverings.
      • Must provide face coverings to all employees and students.
  • Child Labor Law requirement for in person submission of employment certificate for minors desiring employment is suspended.
    • Illinois Department of Labor will provide alternative submission and approval process.
  • Supersedes any contrary provision of prior EOs.
  • Savings clause: if any provision of this EO is held invalid by a court of jurisdiction, the invalidity does not affect any other provisions of this EO.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 34 (2020-36) – Marriage License Provisions, May 1, 2020

  • Suspends the requirement that a fully executed marriage license must be submitted to the county clerk within 10 days. Suspends the requirement that a marriage license becomes effective one day after the date of issuance.
  • To obtain a marriage license, couples may appear before the county clerk and conduct a marriage ceremony using two-way audio-video communication technology, if certain conditions are met.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 33 (2020-35) – Suspends Various Provisions, May 1, 2020

  • Suspends the provisions of the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act, Nursing Home Act, MC/DD Act, and the ID/DD Community Care Act related to time limits on probationary licenses and the time for IDPH to complete a review. License timeframes in the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act are also suspended.
  • Additionally, suspends a requirement that IDPH investigate complaints unrelated to allegations of abuse and misconduct within 30 days of receipt. IDPH shall continue to investigate complaints of abuse or neglect within statutory timeframes.
  • Suspends various provisions in the Nursing Home Act, such as on-site annual facility reviews and on-site reviews of construction projects.
  • Suspends administrative requirements for items such as license issuance, exam and certificate requirements, and on-site visits for the following acts: Illinois Plumbing License Law, Structural Pest Control Act, Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act, Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Tanning Facility Permit Act, Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishment Registration Act, and the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act.
  • For the Mobile Home Park Act, suspends requirements requiring renewal of mobile home park licenses by April 30th of each year. Licenses that expire or are set to expire during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations shall be suspended for the duration.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 32 (2020-34) – Suspends Cannabis Provisions, April 30, 2020

  • Suspends the requirement that IDFPR issue up to 75 Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses before May 1, 2020.
  • Suspends certain requirements, including the need for an adult use cannabis dispensing organization agent to obtain an agent identification card from IDFPR prior to beginning work at a dispensary and the need for a medical or adult use cannabis dispensing organization agent to keep an agent identification card visible at all times when in the dispensary.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 29 (2020-31) – Amends School Code Provisions, April 24, 2020

  • Suspends provisions in the teacher preparation programs. Suspends requiring internships for endorsements on professional educator licenses. Suspends requiring certain courses as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma for twelfth grade students who are unable to complete coursework as a result of the suspension of in-person instruction due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 28 (2020-30) – Clarification of Eviction Prohibition, April 23, 2020

Effective April 23, 2019 through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations:

  • Prohibits residential eviction actions and all law enforcement officers are instructed to cease enforcing evictions for non-residential premises, unless the tenant poses a threat to public health and safety or severe risk to the property.
  • Permits service of pleadings to be conducted personally, by first-class mail, or by electronic mail.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 27 (2020-29) – Insurance Licenses, April 20, 2020

During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations,

  • Suspends specific provisions in the Illinois Insurance Code and accompanying regulations requiring in-person education and exams for public adjuster and insurance and producer licenses.
  • Permits required hours of coursework to be completed via webinar or other approved distance learning.
  • Suspends the 90-day limitation on temporary licenses and extends licenses that have expired or are set to expire for the duration of the disaster.
  • Suspends the requirement that both parts of two-part producer examination must be passed within 90 days of each other.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 26 (2020-28) – Industrial Radiology Certifications, April 20, 2020

During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations,

  • Suspends the provision in the Radiation Protection Act of 1990 that limits the validity of industrial radiography certifications to five years and industrial radiography trainee certifications to two years. Industrial radiography certifications and industrial radiography trainee certifications that have expired or will expire may be extended.
  • IEMA-DNS may administratively extend the terms of existing certifications in 90-day increments, not to exceed 6 months.
  • This does not apply to those who did not have such certifications prior to the issuance of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 25 (2020-27) – Suspension of Cadaver Requirements, April 17, 2020

During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations:

  • Suspends the requirement that a blood and urine test be conducted to test for alcohol and drugs for deaths not attended by a physician if the decedent a) has tested positive for COVID-19 or b) presents classic symptoms and has test results pending.
  • Suspends medical science institutions from holding indigent cadavers for 30 days after receipt from the State facility, for cadavers testing positive for COVID-19.
  • Suspends requiring the director of any State facility in custody of an unclaimed cadaver to donate the cadaver to a qualified medical science institution for the advancement of medical science, for cadavers testing positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 24 (2020-26) – Suspension of Certain IDPH Administrative Requirements, April 16, 2020

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, IDPH shall exercise discretion enforcing certain regulations.
  • Suspends specific provisions in the Hospital Licensing Act, the Hospital Report Card Act, the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law, the Illinois Adverse Health Care Events Reporting Law of 2005, and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act.
  • Hospitals licensed by IDPH or the State of Illinois may establish an ACF to provide room and board, nursing, and diagnosis or treatment to patients to increase regional hospital capacity.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 23 (2020-25) – Suspension of Wage Garnishments and Asset Searches, April 14, 2020

  • Suspends sections in the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure that permit the service of a garnishment summons, wage deduction summons, or a citation for asset searches on a consumer debtor or consumer garnishee. It shall not be construed to apply to domestic support obligations or to relieve a debtor of any liability.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 22 (2020-24) – Forensics; DHS Investigations, April 10, 2020

  • During the duration of the Disaster Proclamations and for no more than 30 days after their termination, suspends admissions to Illinois Department of Human Services Forensic Treatment Programs from Illinois county jails.
  • During the duration of the Disaster Proclamations and for no more than 30 days after their termination, suspends certain statutory provisions related to DHS employees. This includes employees in the following categories:
    • Employees that are being investigated for conduct that would not result in their termination or placement on the Health Care Worker Registry or
    • Employees who are the subject of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation that is either complete or materially complete and where the OIG reached an independent conclusion that the allegations against the employee will be unsubstantiated or unfounded in the OIG Final Investigative Report.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 21 (2020-23) – IDFPR Limitations on Authority, April 9, 2020

  • “During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the requirement in the Department of Professional Regulation Law, 20 ILCS 2105-400, and its accompanying regulations, authorizing the Secretary of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to take certain actions to increase the number of licensed professionals responding to the disaster is suspended to the extent it limits the Secretary’s authority to those persons working under the direction of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health pursuant to a declared disaster by the Governor.”

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 20 (2020-22) – Various, April 7, 2020

  • April annual township meeting requirement is suspended
  • The two-time renewal cap for funeral director and embalmer license interns is suspended. Licensees shall meet all other requirements from IDFPR.
  • Requirement that transportation of deceased remains must be overseen by a funeral director is suspended as it pertains to funeral director interns provided the latter meet all other requirements.
  • Definition of child suspended during the Disaster Proclamations and 60 thereafter to allow children in the care of DCFS who turn 18 or older to remain in their placement.
  • Requirement that a health care worker submit a fingerprint within 10 working days to Illinois State Police is suspended provided the fingerprints are transmitted within 30 days of enrollment in a CNA training program or the start of employment.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 19 (2020-21) – Allows Prison Furloughs during Disaster, April 6, 2020

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, suspends the two-week cap on prison furloughs. Additionally, allows such furloughs for medical, psychiatric or psychological purposes. The IDOC shall file emergency rules as needed.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 18 (2020-20) – Suspension of Recording of Verbal Attestation for Public Benefits, April 6, 2020

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, the requirement that telephone applicants for public assistance provide an audio recording of their verbal attestation is suspended. A simple verbal attestation properly documented by the State is sufficient.
  • Additionally, unsigned mailed applications for public benefits may be signed by verbal attestation by phone, properly documented by the State.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 14 (2020-16) – Suspension of Vehicle Repossessions, March 28, 2020

  • Beginning March 27th and through the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, provisions in the Vehicle Code related to vehicle usability and allowing for repossessions are suspended. This does not suspend the requirement to make payments or fulfill other obligations pursuant to the terms of the loan.
  • In-classroom training requirements for private security and fingerprint vendors. Testing can be done online.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 13 (2020-15) – Suspension of School Testing and Attendance Requirements; Daycare, March 27, 2020

The following are in effect for the duration of the Disaster Proclamation unless otherwise noted.

  • Provisions in the School Code specifying the school term and requiring approvals for changes are suspended. This EO does not relieve school districts of the requirement to provide at least 185 days to insure 176 of actual pupil attendance. Nothing in the EO shall prohibit school employees, pursuant to their contracts, from receiving additional compensation for additional time worked as a result of the extension of the school term.
  • Provisions providing for the calculation of daily pupil attendance are suspended.
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may implement rules allowing the State Superintendent of Education to address the following:
    • Minimum requirements of the school calendar and school day
    • Create, define, and determine the use of “Remote Learning Planning Days”
    • Create, define, and determine the use of “Remote Learning Days”
    • Provide additional guidance pursuant to the terms of this order.
  • Beginning March 27th, all public school districts and eligible entities that receive funding from ISBE to administer and implement a grant program for preschool education or an early childhood block grant may provide childcare services for children (age 0-12) of employees exempted from the Stay-at-Home order (EO-2020-10). This does not affect these entities’ ability to continue to serve those already identified and enrolled in these programs. ,
  • The following provisions of the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.71 (Pre-School/ Early Childhood), are suspended:
    • Requirements regarding the age of children to be served
    • Selection process, first prioritizing at-risk children and then children with a family income less than four times the poverty guidelines in the Federal Register
    • The licensure requirements for providing childcare services to children of employees exempt from EO 2020-10.
  • Program age requirements are suspended in regards to children of employees exempt from EO-2020-10.
  • Prohibition on communicating, opening, considering, and accepting school construction bids electronically is suspended.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 10 (2020-12) – March 24, 2020

  • During the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, the provision of the Health Care Worker Background Check Act that prohibits individuals from being hired as certified nursing assistants if they have been inactive on the Health Care Worker Registry is suspended if: the individual has been inactive for no more than 5 years, was in good standing at the time of inactivity, and completes and submits forms required by IDPH.
  • During the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, the provision of the Health Care Worker Background Check Act limiting conditional employment for certified nursing assistants to three months is suspended. It is now 6 months after which they must complete a fingerprint background check.
  • During the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, the 30-day prior notification requirement for juvenile inmate release is suspended. Department of Juvenile Justice shall take steps to notify State’s Attorneys as far in advance and as quickly as possible.
  • During the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, the monthly exam requirement of the Miners’ Examining Board is suspended.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 9 (2020-11) – Amendments to Prior Orders, March 23, 2020

  • Amends EO 2020-10 to clarify facilities that are Human Services Operations where individuals may leave their home to work or obtain services.
  • Reiterates that the term Human Services is defined broadly to preserve access.
  • Nothing in the EO 2020-10 shall alter or diminish the State or local government’s ability to order a quarantine or the closure of a location during the duration of the public health emergency. Additionally, clarifies that local governments retain the authority to issue stricter requirements than the governor’s EO.
  •  Day care centers –
    • Day care centers granted an emergency license for children of employees exempted by EO 2020-10 to work as permitted.
    • Licensing requirements suspended for family homes that receive up to 6 children during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.
  • E-learning ISBE prior approval requirement suspended during the duration of the Disaster Proclamation.
    • No public hearing or prior notification requirements for staff, students, and parents
    • However, e-learning programs must be verified by the regional office of education or intermediate service center for the school district.
    • E-learning programs adopted pursuant to EO may exceed number of emergency days in the approved school calendar.
  • 14-day notification requirement of inmate release suspended during Disaster Proclamation.
    • Department of Corrections shall take steps to ensure notification as far in advance and as quickly as possible to the State’s Attorney.  

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 7 (2020-09) – Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services and Protect Health Care Providers in Response to COVID-19, March 19, 2020

  • Beginning March 19th and during the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, health insurers regulated by the Department of Insurance are required to cover all costs of telehealth services by in-network providers that deliver clinically appropriate medically necessary covered services and treatment.
    • Issuers may establish reasonable requirements, including documentation and recordkeeping, to the extent consistent with this order. Issuers shall notify providers of necessary instructions to facilitate billing requirements.
    • Utilization review requirements may not impose requirements more stringent than for the same in-person treatment.
    • For telehealth services that related to COVID-19, insurers shall not impose any prior authorization requirements.
    • Insurers shall not impose any cost-sharing requirements for telehealth services provided by in-network providers except for those in High Deductible Health Plans if the care is not deemed preventative care. 
  • EO does not apply to “excepted benefits” as defined in federal rules, however, it does apply to limited scope dental, vision, long-term care, accident and specified disease coverage.
  • Disclosure prohibition and written consent provisions of the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act are suspended for the duration of the Disaster Proclamation.
  • For medical licensees whose license has lapsed or been inactive for less than three years, continuing education requirements and reinstatement fees are waived for reinstatement. This applies during the duration of the Disaster Proclamation.

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 6 (2020-08) – Executive Order in Response to COVID-19, March 17, 2020

  • During the duration of the Disaster Proclamation and 30 days after, expiration of vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, permits, parking decals, temporary and permanent identification cards are suspended. Hearings conducted by the Illinois Secretary of State are also suspended.
  • Requirements for filing statements of economic interest are suspended for the same time period described above. 

COVID-19 Timeline

  • October 23rd ─ Effective date of enhanced mitigation for Will, Kankakee, Kane and DuPage counties
  • October 3rd – Effective date of enhanced mitigations (identical to those on Metro East) for Region 1
  • September 18th ─ EO 2020-55 reissuing most previous COVID-19 EOs through October 17th; 8th Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued covering the same time period. Mitigation measures for Region 7 are lifted, allowing indoor service at bars and restaurants
  • September 2nd – EO 2020-54 issued, tightening restrictions in Region 4
  • August 26th – EO 2020-53 issued, tightening restrictions in Region 7
  • August 21st – EO 2020-52 reissuing most previous COVID-19 EOs through September 19th; 7th Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued covering the same time period.
  • August 18th – EO 2020-51 issued instituting enhanced mitigations on Metro East region.
  • July 27th – EO 2020-50 issued which resumes prisoner transfers to IDOC
  • July 24th – Sixth Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued; most COVID EOs reissued; a permissive remote learning EO for the school year issued.
  • July 15th – COVID-19 Mitigation Plan released, increasing the number of reopening regions to 11 and providing additional tools to help combat a resurgence of COVID-19.
  • July 9th – EO 2020-46 extending the Census Advisory panel through the year
  • June 29th – EO issued suspending Dept. of Ag. Issue certain cannabis licenses
  • June 26th – EO issued extending most prior COVID EO’s until July 26th.
  • June 26th –Community Revitalization Order issued to coincide with Phase 4 reopening. Fifth Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued.
  • June 22nd – Chicago Lakefront reopens.
  • June 17th – Restaurants and bars resume outside service.
  • June 12th – EO issued cancelling all 2020 State Fairs.
  • June 4th – EO issued suspending requirement for sports wagering account to be created in-person for mobile or online betting.
  • June 4th – EO issued allowing for limited school reopening (summer classes) after the 2019-2020 school year is over.
  • June 3rd – Limited Phase 3 reopening in Chicago. Retail stores, outdoor seating at restaurants, and some other businesses reopened. Park buildings and libraries remain closed until June 8th. No timetable has been released for reopening the lakefront.
  • May 29th ­– EO issued extending many previous EOs until June 27th.
  • May 29th ­– Fourth Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued. EO issued ending the stay-at-home order and establishing guidelines for Phase 3.
  • May 13th – EO issued clarifying healthcare liability limitations only apply to COVID-19.
  • May 12th – Fast-Tracking of $25M in DCEO infrastructure grants for local governments.
  • May 11th – Portal for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) workers launched.
  • May 5th – Governor Pritzker announces five-phase Restore Illinois reopening plan.
  • May 1st – EO issued related to marriage licenses; EO suspending various administrative requirements under multiple Acts.
  • April 30th ­– Third Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued. EO extending previous EOs through May 29th; EO suspending issuance of 75 new cannabis licenses. Modified SAH order issued.
  • April 24th – EO issued amending School Code provisions.
  • April 23rd – Governor announces intent to issue extension of SAH order through May 30th and Third Disaster Proclamation; EO issued clarifying evictions procedure.
  • April 20th – EO issued extending expired industrial radiology licenses; EO extending temporary public adjuster and insurance producer licenses as well as allowing online learning.
  • April 17th – In-person K-12 classes are suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools should continue to conduct remote learning. EO issued regarding cadavers.
  • April 16th – EO suspending certain IDPH requirements on hospitals and other healthcare facilities to assist same in dealing with patient surges.
  • April 14th – EO suspending wage garnishments and asset discovery in debt collection.
  • April 13th – Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission adopts emergency rule that creates a rebuttable presumption that first responders and other frontline workers contracted COVID-19 on the job.
  • April 10th – EO limiting DHS IG review of certain employees.
  • April 9th – EO limiting IDFPR’s authority to increase licensure if it hampers disaster response.
  • April 7th – EO suspending various administrative requirements for funeral homes, healthcare worker background checks, etc. See EO 2020-22.
  • April 6th – EO issued allowing simple verbal attestations for public benefits applications; EO issued allowing prison furloughs for medically vulnerable during Disaster.
  • April 1st – Second Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued through April 30th. All COVID-19 EOs extended through this date. EO issued allowing unlicensed medical and nursing students to provide healthcare assistance related to the pandemic response.
  • April 1st – Arts for Illinois Relief Fund launched to support Illinois artists and non-profits
  • March 28th – EO suspending vehicle repossessions; EO extending cannabis application deadlines.
  • March 27th – EO suspending school testing, attendance requirements, expanding daycare access for essential employees.
  • March 26th – EO suspending IDOC transfers; EO allowing remote witnessing and counterparty signatures
  • March 26th Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund announced to assist non-profits, with $23M in initial commitments from individuals, corporations, and philanthropies.
  • March 26th – Federal government approves state major disaster declaration.
  • March 25th – Three programs totaling $94M to support small businesses announced
  • March 24th – Governor issues EO streamlining healthcare worker background checks
  • March 23rd – Essential Equipment Task Force announced, which is a P3 (State, IMA, iBIO) to manufacture PPE and medical supplies.
  • March 23rd – State executes contracts to obtain 3.5 million masks and other PPE
  • March 21st – Stay-At-Home order takes effect at 5 P.M.
  • March 20th – Stay-At-Home order issued with exceptions. See details below.
  • March 19th – EO expanding telehealth access issued
  • March 18th – Governor Pritzker announces coronavirus.illinois.gov, a website to update the public about COVID-19, which will be updated daily. Local health department websites are likely to have more up to date information about number of cases.
  • March 17th – Governor Pritzker working with Illinois Sheriffs to prevent evictions. 
  • March 17th – Illinois utility companies have agreed not to shut off services at least in the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. Many have agreed not to shut off service for even longer periods.
  • March 17thGovernor Pritzker activates 60 National Guard members to assist with the response to COVID-19. More service members are likely to be called upon in the coming weeks.
  • March 17th Governor Pritzker applies for a statewide Economic Industry Declaration with the U.S. Small Business Association. If approved, small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus would have access to up to $2 million in low-interest loans.
  • March 16thIllinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation allows curbside pickup of medical cannabis outside of dispensaries.
  • March 16thIllinois Gaming Board announces suspension of all licensed video gaming operations, effective at 9 pm on March 16th through March 30th.
  • March 16th – Executive Order 2020 – 07 signed, suspending all on-premises consumption of food and beverages in businesses, prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people, and allowing for public bodies to meet remotely.
  • March 15thChicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces she is working on a relief package for restaurants forced to close their dining rooms by Executive Order 2020 – 07.
  • March 15th – Executive Order 2020 – 06 signed, amending 2020 – 05 by exempting certain schools from closing educational services.
  • March 13thIllinois Gaming Board announces a 14 day closure of casinos, beginning March 16th.
  • March 13th – Executive Order 2020 – 05 signed, closing schools from March 17th through March 30th.
  • March 13th – Executive Order 2020 – 04 signed, to limit gatherings of 1,000 people or more.
  • March 12th – Executive Order 2020 – 03 signed, to extend the deadline for Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act applications from March 16th to March 30. 
  • March 11thGovernor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security announce people who cannot work due to COVID-19 and do not receive paid sick leave from their jobs qualify for unemployment benefits.
  • March 11th – WHO characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic.
  • March 9thGovernor J.B. Pritzker declared the State of Illinois as a disaster area in effect for 30 days.
  • Late 2019 – COVID-19 outbreak emerges.