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Archived (March 2020): Gov. Pritzker Issues Stay at Home Order

June 1, 2021 -- This news item pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic was originally posted in March 2020. For the latest information, visit Note that many City services are available online and by mail. City Hall walk-in hours are 8 AM - 5 PM Tuesday - Friday. Appointments on Mondays may be available upon request. 

March 20, 2020: Gov. Pritzker Issues
Stay at Home Order

Update - April 1, 2020: State of Illinois Stay at Home Order Extended through April 30, 2020:
On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-18 following an announcement on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, that the State of Illinois Disaster Proclamation, Executive Order mandating the closure of schools, and the Stay at Home Order will be extended until April 30, 2020. This extension has been officially implemented on Wednesday, April 1. Essential Services, as defined in the Stay at Home Order, will continue to be available. These Essential Services include healthcare, grocery stores, pharmacies, and others. More information is available at the Stay at Home Order FAQ developed by the State of Illinois. All Executive Orders issued in response to COVID-19 are available at

Update - March 31, 2020: Visitors to Multi-Family Buildings Limited
To comply with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, notices have been posted at all multi-family buildings to prohibit visitors.  This is a proactive step to protect public health.
Because multi-family buildings by definition have a great deal of shared, communal spaces such as elevators, hallways, and mailrooms, limiting visitors is the best way to keep all residents safe. As specified in the Governor's order, Essential Services are exempt from these visitor restrictions. Essential Services include healthcare workers, caregivers, and food/grocery delivery.

March 20, 2020: Governor Pritzker Issues Stay at Home Order
On Friday, March 20, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an order calling on all residents of Illinois to stay at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order can be viewed here. The City of Highland Park, the Mayor, the City Council and City staff wholeheartedly support the Governor's Stay at Home Order. Given the rise of cases of COVID-19 and evidence of community spread, staying home is the best way we can protect the people in our community and healthcare system . The Stay at Home Order is in effect from 5:00pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020 - April 7, 2020. By remaining at home and avoiding all unnecessary public activities, Illinois residents will have the greatest impact on decreasing the spread of coronavirus.
  • Essential services – grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations – will still remain open.
  • There will be no changes to emergency services, refuse collection schedules, and access to healthcare.
  • Residents may enjoy the outdoors – going outside for fresh air, walking the dog – but are asked to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Restaurants may continue delivery and carryout. Find a list of restaurants offering delivery, carryout, and curbside pick-up.
  • All local roads will remain open to traffic. Airports will also remain open.
  • The City will continue to conduct City administrative services via phone or online at Residents may call 847.432.0800 with questions or to make an appointment if an in-person visit is necessary.
  • The Governor extended the statewide school closure through April 8, 2020. D112 and D113 remain closed until further notice.
  • The Order provides that all non-essential businesses and operations must close.
Additional information is available on the State of Illinois' COVID-19 Response website. 
The City is sharing regular updates regarding the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation via eNews, at , and via  Facebook  and  Twitter .