Updated: May 31, 2020

Prior stay-at-home executive orders have been replaced by Executive Order 20-38, effective May 29, 2020.

Illinois Executive Order 20-38, issued May 29, 2020, and effective immediately, supersedes the prior Stay-at-Home Order and permits re-opening of most businesses as part of Phase 3 of Illinois’s Reopening Plan.  The order does not have an expiration date, though the Governor has stated the state could move into Phase 4 as early as June 26th

Under the order, all businesses must:

  • Continue to evaluate which employees are able to work from home and facilitate remote work when possible;
  • Ensure that employees practice social distancing and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible (retail stores, manufacturers, and employers in office buildings must provide face coverings to their employees);
  • Ensure that all spaces where employees may gather allow for social distancing and ensure that all visitors can practice social distancing;
  • Post the guidance from the Illinois Department of Health and Office of the Illinois Attorney General regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has developed industry-specific Phase 3 guidance (see link in Key Documents above).  In addition to the Order’s requirements for all businesses, the following requirements also apply for specific industries:

Retail stores must cap occupancy at 50% of store capacity, discontinue the use of reusable bags, and communicate with customers through signage and announcements about social distancing and face covering requirements.

Manufacturers must modify and downsize operations to the extent necessary to allow for social distancing and to provide a safe workplace in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

Employers in office buildings must allow telework where possible, consider implementing capacity limits where the physical space doesn’t allow for social distancing, and develop and post plans and signage to ensure social distancing in shared spaces such as cafeterias.

Restaurants and bars are still prohibited from offering on-premises food and beverage consumption, except outdoor on-premises consumption is permitted, if DCEO guidance is followed.

Fitness and exercise gyms may open for personal training sessions involving one trainer and one customer, outdoor training in groups no larger than 10 with social distancing, sale of retail merchandise, and onsite filming of remote classes conducted by a single instructor.  All other activities, including member workouts, are not allowed.

Personal service facilities such as hair salons and spas may reopen, but must ensure use of face coverings, social distancing requirements, and use of capacity limits in accordance with DCEO guidelines.

Places of public amusement, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, zoos, museums, etc., remain closed to the public.

Counties and cities may enact provisions stricter than those in the Order.

Updated: May 1, 2020

Prior stay-at-home executive orders have been replaced by Executive Order 20-32, effective May 1, 2020 through May 29, 2020.

The prior Stay-at-Home Orders have been replaced with a new Stay-at-Home Order, Executive Order 20-32, which is effective May 1, 2020, and extends to May 29, 2020.  Much of the order remains the same as Executive Order 20-10 (extended by Executive Order 20-18); non-essential businesses remain closed under the new order, except that non-essential retail stores may now fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store or delivery.  The following types of businesses may also now re-open:

  • Greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries (now included in the list of essential businesses)
  • Animal grooming (now included as a Healthcare and Public Health Operation)
  • Golf courses, subject to guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (fishing, boating, and golfing are now permitted outdoor activities)

Individuals are now required to wear a face covering in public spaces where they are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance.  In addition to previous social distancing requirements for essential businesses that remain in effect, essential retail stores and manufacturers now must also provide face coverings to employees who are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance at all times.

Updated: April 8, 2020




Note that Executive Order 20-18 addresses 15 separate prior Executive Orders, including 20-10 addressing stay at home and “essential business.”



Executive Summary

The Illinois Executive Order requires all citizens living within the State to stay at home except as allowed in the Order, and requires all businesses and operations in the State, except “Essential Businesses and Operations,” to cease all activities except Minimum Basic Operations.  Generally, the Order states it is intended to encompass the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list; however, the Order goes into greater detail by providing a more detailed listing of Essential Businesses and Operations than provided in the CISA list.  Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements.

Summary of Order

  • Issued on March 20, 2020, Effective as of March 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm
  • All businesses and operations in the State, except Essential Businesses and Operations are required to cease all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations.
  • All Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses and Operations shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Executive Order, including by maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public at all times, including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line.
  • The definition of Essential Businesses and Operations is intended to encompass the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list.
  • Essential Businesses and Operations means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, and the following:
    • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
    • Food, beverage, and cannabis production and agriculture
    • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
    • Media
    • Gas stations and business needed for transportation
    • Financial institutions
    • Hardware and supply stores
    • Critical trades (building and construction tradesman, including plumbers, electricians, HVAC, moving and relocation services).
    • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services
    • Educational institutions (for purposes of distance learning)
    • Laundry services
    • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
    • Supplies to work from home
    • Supplies for Essential Business Operations (Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations)
    • Transportation
    • Home-based care and services
    • Residential facilities and shelters
    • Professional Services
    • Day care centers for employees of Essential Businesses and Operations
    • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries.
    • Critical labor union functions
    • Hotels and motels
    • Funeral services

Social Distancing Requirements

  • Essential Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including:
    • Designate six-foot distances.
    • Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers.
    • Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers.
    • Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.


Critical infrastructure sectors listed in CISA guidance (check list at link above for detailed list of worker functions):

  • Healthcare / Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy — Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and Other Liquid Fuels
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Other Community- or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Residential/Shelter Facilities and Services
  • Hygiene Products and Services