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Illinois State Police have issued a few statements related to travel for essential services.

In a post, state police reminded citizens that roadways in Illinois are open, however, they are restricted to essential travel; meaning you should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.

Authorities are encouraging citizens to obey the Stay at Home Order as outlined by the Governor, last week.

The order, that went into effect on Saturday, will last until April 7th for the entirety of the state.

Residents are still allowed to purchase goods from grocery stores and other essential services are businesses like gas stations, pharmacies and doctors offices.

Human service operations, agriculture organizations, charitable services, hardware and supply stores and cannabis production are listed as essential. You can view a full list from the governor's office, below.

An Essential Business Determination Hotline has been set up at (800)252-2923 or you can email at

Meanwhile, ISP clarified some other questions about the stay at home order, after questions of enforcement by police were brought up during a Friday press briefing.

State Police will not pull drivers over unless there is probable cause to do so.

State parks are closed during the Stay at Home order but families will still be able to go outside, including going to local parks and outdoor spaces that remain open. However, playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission.

Residents may still take a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining six feet away from other people.

Finally, traveling for religious purposes is not considered essential. The state has recommended worship at home or worship online by watching a live stream of services at a church, temple, mosque, etc.

Essential Businesses and Operations:

  • Healthcare and Public Health Operations: Working at or obtaining services from hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; healthcare manufacturers and suppliers; blood banks; medical cannabis facilities; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; ancillary healthcare services — including veterinary care and excluding fitness and exercise gyms, spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and similar facilities
  • Human Services Operations: any provider funded by DHS, DCFS or Medicaid; long-term care facilities; home-based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness; transitional facilities; field offices for food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, vocational services or rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for needy individuals — excluding day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes and day care centers licensed as specified in Section 12(s) of the order
  • Essential Infrastructure: Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
  • Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Media
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
  • Financial institutions
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Critical trades, includingplumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
  • Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  • Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services
  • Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order
  • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Critical labor union functions
  • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
  • Funeral services