Section 6. During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, the provisions of the Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120, requiring or relating to in-person attendance by members of a public body are suspended. Specifically, (1) the requirement in 5 ILCS 120/2.01 that ‘members of a public body must be physically present’ is suspended; and (2) the conditions in 5 ILCS 120/7 limiting when remote participation is permitted are suspended. Public bodies are encouraged to postpone consideration of public business where possible. When a meeting is necessary, public bodies are encouraged to provide video, audio, and/or telephonic access to meetings to ensure members of the public may monitor the meeting, and to update their websites and social media feeds to keep the public fully apprised of any modifications to their meeting schedules or the format of their meetings due to COVID-19, as well their activities relating to COVID-19.
- The order requires all restaurants and bars to suspend on-premises consumption (delivery and pick-up is still allowed). Restaurants in airports, hospitals, dining halls are exempt and hotel restaurants can still provide room service and carry-out.
- The order also prohibits any gathering, public or private, of 50 or more people. This includes fitness centers, bowling alleys, and theaters. Grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, and shelters are exempt.
- The order also suspends the one-week waiting period for unemployment claims.