ILLINOIS — As neighboring states begin to loosen restrictions for businesses while Illinois remains under a modified stay-at-home order, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he can’t stop them, although he said he would discourage the practice to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Indiana, Iowa and Missouri have all begun to open up their economies, while only a couple cities and counties in Illinois are considering doing the same.
During his daily briefing on Monday, Pritzker said there isn’t much he can do about Illinoisans going over the border to spend their money.
“I think to the extent that people are not social distancing and accessing services in which Indiana may have decided that they want to open those things up, understand there are risks associated with that and I would discourage people from doing it,” the governor said.
Police across the state are fielding more calls regarding large gatherings. Chicago police reported more 1,000 dispersal calls over the weekend. The governor was asked if citations should be handed out in such cases.
“That is not something I prefer, but as I said, if people are constantly defiant, I do believe local law enforcement needs to step in,” Pritzker said.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,341 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 additional deaths, the lowest single-day death total since April 19.
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