Executive Orders 1 - 7

Sat, April 11, 2020 10:33 AM | Anne Hengehold (Administrator)

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 Executive Order Number 5 (2020 – 07) – Executive Order in Response to COVID-19, March 16th, 2020

  • Beginning March 16th at 9 pm, all businesses in Illinois that offer food or beverages for on-premises consumption must suspend and not permit on-premises consumption. 
    • Includes restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and food halls.
    • Service for off-premise consumption is permitted and encouraged.
      • Includes carry-out, in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up, and catering services.
      • Need environment for adequate social distancing in carry-out sales.

o            Exemption from this Executive Order for businesses located in airports, hospitals, and dining halls in colleges and universities.

  • Beginning March 18th, all public and private gatherings in Illinois of 50 of more people are prohibited for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. 
    • Amends Executive Order 2020 – 04, which previously prohibited gatherings of 1,000 people or more.
    • Includes community, civic, public leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fitness centers/health clubs, bowling alleys, private clubs, theaters, and any similar event or activity. 
    • Exceptions for venues that provide essential goods and services.
      • Includes, grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations, banks/credit unions, and shelters.
  • The Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the State Fire Marshal, and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission are directed to cooperate with one another to enforce this Executive Order. 
  • This Executive Order does not amend or supersede the authority of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Requirement of the Unemployment Insurance Act for a one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance claims is suspended for those who are unemployed or otherwise eligible for benefits during the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. 
  • Provisions of the Open Meetings Act requiring or relating to in-person attendance for members of a public body are suspended during the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.
    • Requirement that members of a public body must be physically present.
    • Conditions limiting when remote participation is permitted.
  • Public bodies are encouraged to postpone their business where possible.
  • When meetings are necessary, public bodies are encouraged to provide video, audio, or telephonic access to meetings.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 4 (2020 – 06) – Amendment to Executive Order 2020 – 05 In Response to COVID-19, March 15th, 2020

  • Schools operated by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, the Illinois State Board of Education, or the Illinois Department of Human Services may remain open for educational purposes provided that they are able to exercise necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of students and staff.
  • Supersedes contrary provisions of prior Executive Orders.
    • Provisions that are not contrary will remain in effect from prior Executive Orders.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 3 (2020 – 05) – Executive Order in Response to COVID-19, March 13th, 2020

  • Beginning March 17th, all public and private pre-K-12 schools must close for educational purposes through March 30th.
    • Schools may remain open to provide food and other non-educational services.
    • Schools will still be used as election polling locations.
  • Definition of “chronic absence” from school is suspended during the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.
  • Requirement to receive school board approval to establish an electronic-learning program is suspended during the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.
    • No public hearing necessary.
    • No 30-day communication requirement necessary prior to implementation.
    • E-learning programs must be approved by the regional office of education of intermediate service center for the school district.
      • Must ensure the specific needs of students are met.
        • Special education.
        • English learners.
      • Cannot deny plans for failing to meet the required 5 clock hours of instruction or schoolwork if the plan provides substantial student learning opportunities.
    • E-learning programs may exceed the number of emergency days approved in the school calendar.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 2 (2020 – 04) – Executive Order in Response to COVID-19, March 13th, 2020

  • Beginning March 13th, all public and private gatherings in Illinois of 1,000 or more people are cancelled until the end of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. 
    • Includes concerts, festivals, conferences, sporting events, other planned events where social distancing measures cannot be maintained.
    • Does not include school or work attendance.
  • Beginning March 16th, the James R. Thompson Center is closed to members of the public for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.
    • Exceptions for:
      • Necessary conduct of state business,
      • To obtain services from state agency or constitutional office,
      • Operate a business located in the building,
      • Public access businesses located on the ground floor through exterior entrances.
  • Beginning March 13th, the two-year continuous service requirement for state employees to receive advancement of sick leave is suspended for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 1 (2020 – 03) – Executive Order to Extend Application Deadline for Adult-Use Applications Due to COVID-19, March 12th, 2020

  • Extend submission deadline for applications in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act from March 16th to March 30th.
    • Craft grower license application.
    • Infuser license application.
    • Transporter license application.
  • Requirements to submit applications in-person are suspended.
  • Beginning at 5 pm on March 12th, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will only be accepting applications by mail, until the new deadline of March 30th.

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