CHICAGO (CBS) — A stay-at-home advisory for the surging coronavirus pandemic has been extended to Friday, Jan. 22.
The order said the city of Chicago “continues to experience a sustained level of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, which left unchecked poses a risk to our healthcare system,” and, “Continued intervention is warranted to moderate case growth and preserve hospital capacity.”READ MORE: Bartlett High School Football Player Killed, Brother And 3 Others Injured In Crash
Thus, the order first enacted Monday, Nov. 16, will remain in effect.
Some of the advisory rules include:
• Only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering at all times.
• Do not have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household (except for essential staff such as home health care workers or educators), even with trusted family or friends.
• Avoid all non-essential, out-of-state travel; if travel is essential, quarantining or testing negative prior to travel is required, depending on which state a traveler is originating from.READ MORE: UIC Researchers Receive $6M For COVID-19 Treatment To Help Keep People Off Ventilators; Scientist Explains How It Works In Exclusive CBS 2 Interview
• Comply with city and state orders, including wearing face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of non-essential businesses at 11pm.
• Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others if you go outside to get fresh air.
• Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family, especially on holidays such as Thanksgiving.
Chicago residents are strongly advised to:
- Not have guests in their homes unless they are essential workers (g., home healthcare providers or childcare workers)
- Cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations
- Avoid travel
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Despite the continuation of the advisory, in-person school is set to resume on Monday for pre-kindergarten and some special education classes at Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Teachers Union wants to stick with remote learning until COVID-19 vaccines are more widely available, and thus, it was unclear if many teachers would show up Monday.