Executive Orders 8 - 11

Sat, April 11, 2020 10:31 AM | Anne Hengehold (Administrator)

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 11 (2020-13) – Suspension of Transfers to IDOC, March 26, 2020

  • Beginning March 26th at 5 P.M. and through the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, all transfers to the Illinois Department of Corrections from county jails are suspended. IDOC Director can make limited exceptions at their discretion for limited essential transfers.


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 8 (2020-10) – Stay-At-Home Executive Order in Response to COVID-19, March 20, 2020

  • Beginning March 21st at 5 PM through April 7th, residents are order to stay at home with the following exceptions. To the extent that residents are outside their home, they should follow Social Distancing guidelines. Exceptions are as follows:
    • Essential Activities:
      • Health Care – visiting a doctor, obtaining medical supplies, prescriptions
      • Necessary Supplies – Groceries, household items, necessities to facilitate Work From Home (WFH)
      • Outdoor Activities – Physical activity in parks or rec areas except for playgrounds. Social Distancing must be observed.
      • Work – Carry out Minimum Basic Operations or function of Essential Businesses
      • Aid in Care – Traveling to care for family, friends, pets is allowed
    • Essential Government Functions
      • All services provided by the State and all lower-level units of government “needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies or to provide for or support the health, safety and welfare of the public.” This includes first responders, law enforcement, court personnel, emergency dispatchers, etc. Each unit of local government will determine its essential employees critical to the performance of Essential Government Functions. 
    • Operation of Essential Businesses or Operations. These include Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Government Functions and Essential Infrastructure and the following:   
      • Stores that sell groceries or medicine
      • Food, beverage, and cannabis consumption and agriculture
      • Charitable and social service organizations
      • Media
      • Gas stations and auto repair and supply
      • Financial institutions
      • Hardware and supply stores
      • Critical trades
      • Mail, post, shipping, delivery, and pick-up services
      • Educational institutions –  distance learning, critical research allowed but classes still closed until April 7th
      • Laundry
      • Restaurants for off-premises consumption – includes third-party delivery apps
      • Supplies to WFH
      • Essential Business and Operations supplies
      • Transportation – including rideshare and public transit
      • Home care services
      • Residential facilities and shelters
      • Professional services – includes legal, accounting, real estate, insurance services
      • Day cares for exempted employees
      • Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries
      • Critical labor union functions
      • Hotels and motels
      • Funeral services  
  • Non-Essential businesses must cease operations except for Minimum Basic Operations
    • Exclusive Work-From-Home (WFH) is allowed
    • Minimum Basic Operations. These include:
      • Maintain the value of inventory, preserve the physical condition of a plant or equipment, security, payroll and benefits processing
      • Facilitate WFH
      • Must comply with Social Distancing requirements
  • All public and private gatherings of any number outside the home are prohibited except for limited purposes. Any gathering of 10 or more is prohibited unless exempt.  
  • All places of amusement are closed
  • Travel – All travel except for Essential Travel and Essential Activities by any mode is prohibited.
  • Healthcare Operations defined in Sec. 1 (7) – construed broadly to minimize disruption
  • Essential Infrastructure – See Sec 1 (9) for a full list, but it includes – food; construction, especially to respond to the public health emergency, but also housing; airport operations and maintenance; utilities; distribution centers; oil refineries; public transportation, including ports; waste collection; cybersecurity operations; and internet, video and telecommunication systems.
  • Essential Travel – allowed for Essential categories and actions detailed above as well for non-residents to leave and to return to a place of residence from outside the state. 
  • Social Distancing Requirements
    • 6-foot distance from others
    • Hand washing for at least 20 seconds
    • Regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces
    • Essential Businesses and Operations and those Minimum Basic Operations must:
      • Designate six-foot distances
      • Have hand sanitizer regularly available
      • Designate separate operating hours for vulnerable populations
      • Post online whether facility is open and procedures for remote access.
  • All state, local, county enforcement of eviction orders must cease.

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