Governor Declares Second Disaster Proclamation and Continues Executive Orders
Apr 2, 2020
Last night, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-18 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Through this Order, a second disaster proclamation was declared for the entire State and continued all prior executive orders issued in response to COVID-19 (2020-03 through 2020-17) through April 30, 2020. Below is a snapshot of what this means.
- All K-12 public and private schools must remain closed for in-person educational instruction. March 31 through April 30, 2020 are “Remote Learning Days” and student instruction must occur through each school’s Remote Learning Plan.
- The terms of the “Stay at Home” Order remain in effect.
- Individuals may leave their house to perform “essential activities”.
- Businesses and operations deemed as “essential” are encouraged to remain open. All other business operations must cease except for “minimum necessary activities”. Any business may continue operations remotely.
- Essential businesses and operations include: Educational Institutions; Essential Government Functions; Critical Trades; Essential Infrastructure; and Healthcare and Public Health Operations.
- Businesses that are permitted to remain open, must ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements (SDR) in the workplace, which include: maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, providing hand sanitizing products, and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.
- The physical presence requirements for meetings held pursuant to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) remain suspended through April 30. This means that:
- A public body may convene a properly noticed meeting with any number of members physically present, or no members physically present, if the total participating members constitutes a quorum; and
- No specific reason or vote to allow for remote participation is required.
- Note: All other requirements of the OMA remain in effect.
We remain committed to serving our clients during this unprecedented time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any Robbins Schwartz attorney for further information and guidance.