Illinois and North Carolina extend stay-at-home orders

On April 23, 2020, Illinois and North Carolina became the latest states to extend stay-at-home orders into May.

At a press conference, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced that he would extend the state’s stay-at-home order through May 30. The new order includes some modifications to the original stay-at-home order. Beginning May 1, anyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask in public spaces unless medically unable to do so. Some businesses previously designated as nonessential, like greenhouses and nurseries, will be allowed to reopen, so long as they follow social distancing requirements.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced at a press conference that he would extend the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8. He did not announce any restrictions that would be modified or lifted while the order remained in effect, but did say the first phase of a proposed three-part reopening plan could happen as early May 9. Cooper said the state will need to meet certain benchmarks before that happens, however.

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