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Illinois starts 30 more days under orders to stay at home throughout the state, but this time, everything has changed.
Some businesses can resume under the new order, but where certain restrictions are relaxed, others are increased.
Here are the latest developments on today’s coronavirus crisis (May 1):
New Home Stay Orders: Apply: This Is Changed
A new home stay order is now valid until May 30 in Illinois.
The order brought about changes that allowed state parks, greenhouses, dog groomers and golf courses to open, with restrictions. Retail stores that are not designated as non-essential businesses can be reopened to fulfill telephone and online orders through out-of-store pickup and delivery.
But it also brought changes to “important business” such as occupancy limits, social distance requirements and masks for all, including employees.
All residents over the age of 2 will be asked to wear face masks, unless medically unable, when in public spaces where social distance is not possible.
Ravinia Cancels Summer Concert Season Because of Coronavirus Pandemic
Ravinia has canceled the 2020 summer concert season for the first time since the Great Depression due to the coronavirus pandemic, where music was announced Friday.
“Our long and comprehensive discourse on this topic has led us to the conclusion that it is not possible to continue the season,” Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman said in a statement.
Open spaces on the outskirts of Highland Park are scheduled to hold more than 120 events between June and September, the festival said, including the annual summer residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Face Mask Stolen from the Lion Art Institute
Face masks adorn one of the iconic lion statues at the entrance of the Chicago Art Institute was stolen Thursday night, less than 24 hours after the symbolic mask was applied.
An Art Institute security guard saw two men get out of a black Chevrolet sedan around 10:55 a.m. and proceed to ascend to one of the statues in the museum, 111 S. Michigan Ave., according to Chicago police. They cut off the mask from the lion’s head and fled into the car.
No one was arrested, police said.
Illinois Casino remains closed until further notice
The Illinois Game Board has decreed state casinos will remain closed and its video gambling terminal will remain dark “until further notice” is the country’s struggle to prevent further spread of coronaviruses, officials announced Thursday.
Game board administrator Marcus Fruchter said the agency would consult with public health professionals and review conditions before video gambling and casinos would be allowed to continue.
Gambling in Illinois has been suspended since March 16. Fruchter’s announcement marks the third extension of the closure.
Illinois Casino Association’s executive director Tom Swoik said casino operators hope they can restart operations on June 1. He estimates 10 casinos in the state have lost about $ 100 million over the six weeks they have closed, putting more than 5,000 employees out of work.
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