Well, you guys, it looks like we’ll be staying at home for a little while longer. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has officially extended the state’s stay-at-home order for our safety. I think we all saw it coming, but it’s still a little disappointing that we can’t go back to our normal, everyday lives just yet.
The stay-at-home order was originally planned to be lifted on April 30 but the announcement made April 22nd details plans for the order being extended until the end of May. Even though it’s a little disappointing, there is some good coming from this: the governor has decided to modify the order by the “phased reopening” of state parks as well as other outdoor activities like boating as long as social distancing is still being practiced.
Ensuring that we all remain as safe and healthy as possible is the most important thing. Because of this, Governor Pritzker is requiring that a face mask is worn in situations where the six-foot social distance isn’t able to be practiced. It’s also still being recommended that gloves are worn and you frequently wash your hands.
Illinois is said to be “bending the curve” so as long as we all continue to follow the rules, we’ll keep lowering the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths. It’s been really hard on everyone being so isolated, but it’s for the good of not only us, but our families and friends as well. Though things seem to be moving a little slower than we’d like, it appears that we’re beginning to move in the right direction. Stay safe and stay inside. The more we all cooperate, the sooner this will all be over.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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