CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Thursday mandated events of 1,000 or more people be canceled or postponed for 30 days, and asked the owners of all the state’s major sports teams to cancel games or play without fans until May 1, as efforts continue to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Pritzker said during a news conference he is requesting events of 250 people be canceled or postponed as well. He said he is not ordering schools to close, “but we are monitoring the situation on a day to day basis.”
Pritzker asked for every private business able to have employees work remotely to consider doing so immediately. He said businesses that do not need to consider plans to promote “social distancing” to combat the spread of COVID-19.
He added some will ask the necessity of measures in places that don’t have documented cases of the new virus, but “we have seen what works and what doesn’t work in countries around the world.”
“Don’t be fooled into thinking that your community is immune,” he said. “It is not.”
For most, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health conditions, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.