Central Illinois is reporting 10 new COVID-19 cases with 8 of them in Sangamon County. Christian County is actually reporting only 28 coronavirus cases, after one case that was thought to be a Christian County resident, was actually a resident from Sangamon County.
Today marks the first day of Governor JB Pritzker’s modified extension of the Stay-At-Home order, which will run until May 30th, 2020. Illinois residents are required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain six feet social distancing. Certain State Parks including Sangchris Lake State Park will be opening. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people are also authorized. Golfing is also allowed, under strict guidelines. There will also be new essential businesses including greenhouses, garden centers, nurseries, and animal grooming services. Retail stores that have been closed can open for telephone and online ordering. The Illinois Department of Health is also working on ways to allow hospitals to conduct elective surgeries.
According to Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera and Montgomery County State’s Attorney, Bryant Hitchings, drive-in style church services will be allowed. People are asked to remain in their vehicles, follow social distancing guidelines, and avoid common areas such as bathrooms.
As always, visit Taylorville Daily News for all the latest up to date numbers on the coronavirus, by clicking the icon that says “Current Coronavirus Numbers by County,” and more as the outbreak continues.