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    THE COUNTRY HOUSE RESTAURANT IN SOUTH SUBURBAN ALSIP HAS DECIDED TO HELP OTHERS IN THESE TRYING TIMES. THEY ARE SERVING FREE MEALS TO SENIORS AND NOW FAMILIES TOO, WHO NEED A MEAL, IN THE SURROUNDING AREA. THEY’RE EVEN DELIVERING THEM TO THEIR HOMES IF THEY CAN’T LEAVE THE HOUSE. NOW THEY’RE GOING TO DO THE SAME WITH GILHOOLEY’S IN CHICAGO AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY THERE AS WELL. THE COUNTRY HOUSE RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE AS WELL, THERE IS A GO FUND ME PAGE WHERE DONATIONS ARE POURING IN TO KEEP THEM OPEN. OVER 40 MILLION RESIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA WERE TOLD BY THE GOVERNOR TO STAY AT HOME. ESSENTIAL THINGS, LIKE GROCERY SHOPPING AND PHARMACY RUNS ARE STILL ALLOWED, BUT GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM SAYS THERE’S NO NEED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL RISKS. HE’S ALSO CAUTIONING THAT ROUGHLY 25 MILLION CALIFORNIANS COULD BE IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS. IN NEW YORK CITY, MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO IS SAYING THE GOLDEN STATE SHOULD SERVE AS A LESSON FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. HE SAID THIS MORNING THAT WE ARE QUICKLY RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS AND A NATIONWIDE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER IS WARRANTED.

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    THE FAMILY OF A CHICAGO-AREA WALMART EMPLOYEE WHO DIED AFTER CONTRACTING THE CORONAVIRUS IS SUING THE RETAIL GIANT. A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT FILED YESTERDAY ON BEHALF OF WANDO EVANS’ FAMILY CLAIMS STORE MANAGEMENT AT THE EVERGREEN PARK STORE INITIALLY IGNORED EVANS, DESPITE KNOWING THAT HE AND OTHER EMPLOYEES WERE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19. THE SUIT SAYS HE WAS SENT HOME BY STORE MANAGEMENT ON MARCH 23RD AND FOUND DEAD IN HIS HOME TWO DAYS LATER. ANOTHER WORKER AT THE STORE DIED OF CORONAVIRUS COMPLICATIONS FOUR DAYS LATER. THE CDC SAYS ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS, BUT DON’T HAVE SYMPTOMS, CAN KEEP WORKING. THE NEW GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY APPLY TO FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND THOSE AT GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, AND CONVENIENCE STORES. WHEN THEY RETURN TO WORK THEY SHOULD HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE CHECKED AND WEAR FACE MASKS.

    AN EMPLOYEE OF A WHOLE FOODS ON CHICAGO’S NORTH SIDE IS IN QUARANTINE AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS. THE PERSON WORKS AT THE STORE NEAR CICERO AND PETERSON. FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE PATIENT HAVEN’T BEEN RELEASED. THE STORE HAS SINCE BEEN CLEANED AND DISINFECTED. WITH ALL SPORTS SIDELINED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, ESPN IS REACHING BACK TO FILL PRIME TIME. STARTING TONIGHT AND FOR THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS, ESPN WILL FILL MONDAY NIGHT PRIME TIME WITH CLASSIC MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES. THE COMEBACKS KICK OFF TONIGHT WITH THE RAMS’ WIN OVER THE CHIEFS IN 2018, THE HIGHEST-SCORING MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME EVER. MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WILL AIR AT eight P.M. MOST OF MACY’S one hundred thirty,000 EMPLOYEES WILL BE FURLOUGHED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. PHYSICAL STORES WERE CLOSED ON MARCH 17TH, AND THE COMPANY SAYS SALES HAVE ALL BUT DISAPPEARED. EXECUTIVES TOLD STAFF THAT HEALTH BENEFITS WILL BE COVERED THROUGH AT LEAST MAY, AND IT WILL KEEP SOME EMPLOYEES TO SERVICE ONLINE SALES. THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U.S. DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE SLOWING DOWN ANYTIME SOON. OVER 164,000 HAD BEEN CONFIRMED AS OF LAST NIGHT. THE DEATH TOLL ALSO SURPASSED THE three,000 MARK EARLIER IN THE DAY. THAT’S MORE LIVES LOST THAN ON 9/11. NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY ACCOUNT FOR ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL CASES IN THE COUNTRY. CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN AND MASSACHUSETTS ROUND OUT THE TOP FIVE FOR STATES WITH THE MOST CASES. THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 HAS LED PRESIDENT TRUMP TO EXTEND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES TO THE END OF APRIL.

    STARTING THIS FRIDAY, COSTCO WILL ALLOW NO MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE TO ENTER ANY OF ITS WAREHOUSES WITH EACH MEMBERSHIP CARD. THE COMPANY SAYS THE TEMPORARY CHANGE IS FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES, TO ASSIST WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING EFFORTS. ALSO, HOME DEPOT HAS ALSO ISSUED SOME NEW SHOPPING GUIDELINES. STORES WILL LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS INSIDE AT ANY GIVEN TIME. SOCIAL DISTANCING MARKERS HAVE BEEN PLACED AT COUNTERS ALONG WITH SIGNAGE THROUGHOUT THE STORES. STORE HOURS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED TO CLOSE DAILY AT 6 P.M. YOU’LL START SEEING SNEEZE GUARDS AT ALL JEWEL-OSCO STORES. THE PLEXIGLASS GUARDS WILL BE PUT INTO PLACE AT REGISTERS, SERVICE DESKS, AND PHARMACY COUNTERS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS FROM SPREADING INFECTION. THE COMPANY WILL ALSO PUT TAPE ON FLOORS TO HELP PEOPLE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE SHOPPING AND CHECKING OUT. SOME GROCERY STORES IN CHICAGO ARE STARTING TO REMOVE LIMITS ON CERTAIN MERCHANDISE. FOR INSTANCE, JEWEL-OSCO HAS STARTED LIFTING PURCHASE LIMITS ON ITEMS LIKE MILK, EGGS, AND WATER DUE TO A STRONG SUPPLY. MEANWHILE, WALGREENS ROLLED BACK LIMITS ON MILK, BACON AND EGGS LAST WEEK. SEVERAL STORES ARE STILL LIMITING THE PURCHASE OF PAPER PRODUCTS, SUCH AS BATHROOM TISSUE. TARGET CONTINUES TO LIMIT SALES OF SEVERAL PRODUCTS LIKE HAND SANITIZER, DISINFECTANT WIPES AND FOOD ITEMS. Shop our wide number of recent, native natural meat & produce, well-liked wines & gluten-free foods. SOME GROCERY STORES IN CHICAGO ARE STARTING TO REMOVE LIMITS THAT WERE PLACED ON CERTAIN MERCHANDISE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. JEWEL-OSCO HAS STARTED LIFTING PURCHASE LIMITS ON ITEMS LIKE MILK, EGGS, AND WATER BECAUSE THE SUPPLY FOR THOSE ITEMS IS STRONG. WALGREENS ROLLED BACK LIMITS ON SIMILAR ITEMS LAST WEEK. SEVERAL STORES ARE STILL LIMITING THE PURCHASE OF BATHROOM TISSUE, AND TARGET CONTINUES TO LIMIT SALES OF HAND SANITIZER, DISINFECTANT WIPES AND CERTAIN FOOD ITEMS.

    THOSE MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR FACE COVERINGS OR MASKS TO BE WORN WHEN IN PUBLIC AND AT LEAST SIX FEET OF HUMAN DISTANCE IS NOT POSSIBLE, AND A PHASED RE-OPENING OF STATE PARKS. ADDITIONALLY, RETAIL STORES NOT DESIGNATED AS ESSENTIAL WILL BE ABLE TO REOPEN TO FILL PHONE AND ONLINE ORDERS FOR PICKUP AND DELIVERY. GARDEN CENTERS, NURSERIES, AND GROOMING SERVICES FOR ANIMALS WILL BE AMONG THE BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO REOPEN. THE MODIFIED STAY-AT-HOME ORDER BEGINS ON MAY 1 –IT REQUIRES THAT ALL ILLINOIS RESIDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 2, WEAR MASKS OR OTHER FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC PLACES, SUCH AS STORES AND OTHER SPACES WHERE IT’S NOT POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN SIX FEET OF DISTANCE. THERE WILL BE A PHASED RE-OPENING OF STATE PARKS. RETAIL STORES NOT DESIGNATED AS ESSENTIAL WILL BE ABLE TO REOPEN TO FILL PHONE AND ONLINE ORDERS FOR PICKUP AND DELIVERY. GARDEN CENTERS, NURSERIES, AND GROOMING SERVICES FOR ANIMALS ARE AMONG THE BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO REOPEN. The Monopoly recreation boards and Monopoly tickets shall be out there at all Safeway, Albertsons, United Supermarkets, Tom Thumb, Jewel-Osco, VONS, Amigos, Carrs, Star Market, Pavilions, Acme and Randall’s shops.

    SEVERAL LIQUOR STORES ON CHICAGO’S WEST SIDE WILL NOW CLOSE EARLIER, DUE TO ADDITIONAL MEASURES PUT IN PLACE TO HELP WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. STORES INCLUDE PERSONAL LIQUORS, SUNSET LIQUORS, AND MORE THAT WILL NOW CLOSE AT 6 P.M. MAYOR LIGHTFOOT IS NAMING A NEW CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER. MICHAEL FASSNACHT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING TOURIST, CONVENTIONEERS AND BUSINESS TRAVELERS TO THE CITY TO A POST CORONAVIRUS CHICAGO. HE HAS ALREADY BEEN WORKING WITH THE CITY ON THE STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES CAMPAIGN TO TRY TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO STAY INDOORS TO HELP CURB THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. FASSNACHT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING A NARRATIVE FOR THE CITY’S RECOVERY FROM COVID-19. ILLINOIS INMATES WHO MEET THE MEDICAL CRITERIA MAY BE GRANTED FURLOUGHS TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS IN STATE PRISONS. AN EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS SIGNED YESTERDAY THAT GIVES THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PERMISSION TO ALLOW MEDICALLY VULNERABLE INMATES OUT OF PRISON TEMPORARILY. 62 PRISONERS AND 40 CORRECTIONS EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED TO HAVE COVID-19, AND TWO INMATES AT STATESVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER HAVE DIED FROM IT.

    UNTIL THE END OF MARCH. TODAY HE ORDERED GATHERINGS OF 50 OR MORE PEOPLE TO BE CANCELED. THAT APPLIES TO GYMS, BOWLING ALLEYS, PRIVATE CLUBS AND THEATERS. IT DOES NOT APPLY TO GROCERY STORES, HOSPITALS, GAS STATIONS, PHARMACIES, OR SHELTERS. MACY’S STORES WILL CLOSE AT END OF BUSINESS TODAY THROUGH MARCH thirty first TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. MACY’S, BLOOMINGDALE’S, AND MARKET BY MACY’S ARE JUST SOME OF THE STORES AFFECTED. TWO EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIANS AT RUSH OAK PARK HOSPITAL TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THEY HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED AT HOME AND THE VIRUS WAS “LIKELY COMMUNITY ACQUIRED,” ACCORDING TO THE HOSPITAL. OAK PARK’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR AND MAYOR HAVE DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND A SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER BEGINS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. OAK PARK RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO REMAIN HOME OUTSIDE OF VISITS TO GROCERY STORES, GAS STATIONS AND PHARMACIES, AND WHEN YOU DO GO OUT, EVEN TO WALK YOUR DOG, YOU ARE URGED TO STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE.

    Classic automobiles have common enchantment and stay well-liked with people of all ages. Jewel-Osco is again with its Classic Cakes Classic Cars Giveaway to giveaway a classic car to 1 lucky winner. All you have to do is buy taking part merchandise from Jewel Osco Stores and e-mail the receipt to enter into the Giveaway to win 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe.

    ALMOST 115,000 WORKERS IN ILLINOIS APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK, OVER 10 TIMES THE NUMBER FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. TO HANDLE THE VOLUME OF CLAIMS, THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL HAS BEEN MOVED TO A MORE ROBUST PLATFORM. THE STATE HAS ALSO EXTENDED CALL CENTER HOURS AND ADDED STAFF. NATIONWIDE, UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS BROKE RECORDS LAST WEEK, WHERE THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTED OVER three.3 MILLION APPLICATIONS. WALGREENS HAS BEGUN DRIVE-THRU SHOPPING DURING THE PANDEMIC. THE DRUG STORE CHAIN SAYS SHOPPERS CAN NOW PULL UP TO THE DRIVE-THRU WINDOW AND ASK FOR A MENU OF AVAILABLE ITEMS. THE MENU INCLUDES COUGH AND COLD MEDICINE, PAIN RELIEF MEDICATIONS, BABY FORMULA AND GROCERIES. DRIVERS CAN THEN PLACE AN ORDER AND WAIT FOR IT TO BE BAGGED. THE FAMOUS CROSSWALK ON THE BEATLES’ ABBEY ROAD ALBUM COVER IS GETTING A FRESH PAINT JOB. LONDON IS CURRENTLY ON LOCKDOWN BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, SO, SINCE NO ONE WAS OUT AND ABOUT, THE CITY’S HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT DECIDED IT WAS A GOOD TIME TO GIVE THE LANDMARK A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. TOURISTS FLOCK TO THE CROSSWALK EVERY YEAR, TO GET A PICTURE OF THEMSELVES CROSSING ABBEY ROAD THE WAY THE BEATLES DID IN 1969.

    THE PENTAGON ANNOUNCED A MAJOR 415-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT FOR 60 DECONTAMINATION UNITS THAT WILL ALLOW MILLIONS OF N95 MASKS TO BE REUSED. THE UNITS CAN DECONTAMINATE UP TO eighty,000 USED N95 RESPIRATORS PER SYSTEM PER DAY, ENABLING MASK REUSE UP TO 20 TIMES. THE CRITICAL MASKS CONTINUE TO BE SOUGHT AFTER BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AMID THE PANDEMIC, AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SAID SIX DECONTAMINATION UNITS HAVE ALREADY BEEN DELIVERED TO MULTIPLE US HOTSPOT CITIES INCLUDING CHICAGO. THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS TELLING AMERICANS NOT TO WORRY ABOUT THE NATION’S FOOD SUPPLY. SPEAKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE, SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE CALLED IT “STRONG, RESILIENT AND SAFE.” HE SAID THE SUPPLY CHAIN HAS SHOWN “TREMENDOUS AGILITY” AND REMINDED EMPLOYERS IN THE SECTOR TO CONTINUE FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS.

    • STARTING THIS FRIDAY, COSTCO WILL ALLOW NO MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE TO ENTER ANY OF ITS WAREHOUSES WITH EACH MEMBERSHIP CARD. THE COMPANY SAYS THE TEMPORARY CHANGE IS FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES, TO ASSIST WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING EFFORTS. ALSO, HOME DEPOT HAS ALSO ISSUED SOME NEW SHOPPING GUIDELINES. STORES WILL LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS INSIDE AT ANY GIVEN TIME. SOCIAL DISTANCING MARKERS HAVE BEEN PLACED AT COUNTERS ALONG WITH SIGNAGE THROUGHOUT THE STORES. STORE HOURS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED TO CLOSE DAILY AT 6 P.M.
    • SOME GROCERY STORES IN CHICAGO ARE STARTING TO REMOVE LIMITS THAT WERE PLACED ON CERTAIN MERCHANDISE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. JEWEL-OSCO HAS STARTED LIFTING PURCHASE LIMITS ON ITEMS LIKE MILK, EGGS, AND WATER BECAUSE THE SUPPLY FOR THOSE ITEMS IS STRONG. WALGREENS ROLLED BACK LIMITS ON SIMILAR ITEMS LAST WEEK. SEVERAL STORES ARE STILL LIMITING THE PURCHASE OF BATHROOM TISSUE, AND TARGET CONTINUES TO LIMIT SALES OF HAND SANITIZER, DISINFECTANT WIPES AND CERTAIN FOOD ITEMS.
    • SOME GROCERY STORES IN CHICAGO ARE STARTING TO REMOVE LIMITS ON CERTAIN MERCHANDISE. FOR INSTANCE, JEWEL-OSCO HAS STARTED LIFTING PURCHASE LIMITS ON ITEMS LIKE MILK, EGGS, AND WATER DUE TO A STRONG SUPPLY. MEANWHILE, WALGREENS ROLLED BACK LIMITS ON MILK, BACON AND EGGS LAST WEEK. SEVERAL STORES ARE STILL LIMITING THE PURCHASE OF PAPER PRODUCTS, SUCH AS BATHROOM TISSUE. TARGET CONTINUES TO LIMIT SALES OF SEVERAL PRODUCTS LIKE HAND SANITIZER, DISINFECTANT WIPES AND FOOD ITEMS.
    • YOU’LL START SEEING SNEEZE GUARDS AT ALL JEWEL-OSCO STORES. THE PLEXIGLASS GUARDS WILL BE PUT INTO PLACE AT REGISTERS, SERVICE DESKS, AND PHARMACY COUNTERS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS FROM SPREADING INFECTION. THE COMPANY WILL ALSO PUT TAPE ON FLOORS TO HELP PEOPLE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE SHOPPING AND CHECKING OUT.
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    WALMART IS STARTING TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS INTO THEIR STORES AMID THE ONGOING PANDEMIC. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY IT WOULD ALLOW FIVE CUSTOMERS PER THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF STORE SPACE WHICH IS ABOUT 20% OF A STORE’S CAPACITY. CUSTOMERS WILL BE LET IN ON A ONE IN-ONE OUT BASIS. WALMART IS STARTING TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS INTO THEIR STORES. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY IT WOULD ALLOW FIVE CUSTOMERS PER THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF STORE SPACE WHICH IS ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF A STORE’S CAPACITY. CUSTOMERS WILL BE LET IN ON A ONE IN- ONE OUT BASIS.

    BLOOMINGTON-BASED STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS IT IS PAUSING ALL IN-OFFICE WORK AT ITS FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. WITH ALMOST fifty eight,000 EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING FROM HOME. THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS ASKING CUSTOMERS FOR PATIENCE AS THEY MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED HOLD TIMES. THE UNITED CENTER IS ABOUT TO BECOME A LOGISTICAL HUB FOR CHICAGO’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19, AND MORE LOCAL HOTELS HAVE AGREED TO RENT ROOMS TO ISOLATE PATIENTS. WITH THE NBA AND NHL SEASONS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY, THE UNITED CENTER HAS BEEN SITTING UNUSED. THE HOME OF THE BLACKHAWKS AND BULLS WILL BE USED FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION, STAGING AND COORDINATION FOR VALUABLE SHIPMENTS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES. THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD WILL LIKELY BE INVOLVED IN THE EFFORT AFTER ACTIVATING MORE THAN a hundred SPECIALISTS. ALSO, MCCORMICK PLACE HAS BEEN DISCUSSED AS A POTENTIAL TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS.

    UPS HAS DONATED 10-THOUSAND N95 RESPIRATOR MASKS TO THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT. UPS REPORTS THAT THEY HAVE PROCURED A SUFFICIENT SUPPLY TO MEET INTERNAL NEEDS FOR EMPLOYEES, AND IS SHARING THE SURPLUS TO HELP PROTECT HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. THE MASKS FOR CPD WERE DELIVERED YESTERDAY. SIXTEEN SUBURBS OF CHICAGO HAVE MADE FACE MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS MANDATORY, AND THE CITY OF CHICAGO IS CONSIDERING ISSUING AN ORDER, BUT HAS NOT YET. IN ALMOST ALL CASES, THE ORDERS MANDATE PEOPLE WEAR MASKS WHEN IN PUBLIC AND VISITING ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES LIKE GROCERY STORES, VISITING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS, RIDING IN TAXIS OR RIDESHARES, AND WHILE RIDING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. ILLINOIS GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THAT TO CONTINUE TO BEAT BACK COVID-19, THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER IN THE STATE WILL BE EXTENDED TO MAY 30, WITH SOME MODIFICATIONS THAT WILL TAKE EFFECT ON MAY 1.

    THE CITY IS URGING RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES TO SUBMIT COMPLAINTS THROUGH THE 311 SYSTEM. MAYOR LIGHTFOOT IS JOINING INTERIM CHICAGO POLICE SUPERINTENDENT CHARLIE BECK IN THANKING BUSINESSES THAT HAVE SUPPORTED THE POLICE FORCE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. MORE THAN a hundred BUSINESSES HAVE DONATED FOOD AND SUPPLIES TO OFFICERS AND DISTRICTS. THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES A DAY AFTER THE DEPARTMENT HAD ITS FIRST DEATH OF AN OFFICER AS A RESULT OF COVID-19. OFFICER MARCO DIFRANCO CONTRACTED THE VIRUS LAST WEEK AND WAS HOSPITALIZED LAST WEEKEND. HE WAS A 21-YEAR VETERAN AND WORKED OUT OF THE HOMAN SQUARE STATION IN THE NARCOTICS DIVISION. SOME MAJOR RETAILERS WILL CLOSE ON EASTER SUNDAY TO GIVE EMPLOYEES A BREAK DURING THE PANDEMIC. TRADER JOE’S ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WOULD BE CLOSING THEIR DOORS ON APRIL 12TH TO GIVE EMPLOYEES A “MUCH NEEDED DAY OF REST.” OTHERS STORES THAT PLAN TO CLOSE ON EASTER INCLUDE TARGET, SAM’S CLUB, AND COSTCO.

    WALMART IS STRENGTHENING ITS SAFETY MEASURES AFTER TWO CHICAGO-AREA EMPLOYEES DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS. WALMART SAID IT’S NOW HIRING A THIRD-PARTY COMPANY TO CLEAN AND SANITIZE HIGH-TOUCH SURFACES AT THE STORE IN EVERGREEN PARK. THIS WEEKEND, WALMART BEGAN LIMITING THE NUMBER OF SHOPPERS ALLOW IN STORES TO PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING. IN A STATEMENT SUNDAY WALMART SAID NEITHER OF THE WORKERS WHO DIED LATE LAST MONTH HAD BEEN AT THE STORE FOR AT LEAST A WEEK AND BOTH MEN HAD UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS. WALMART IS STRENGTHENING ITS SAFETY MEASURES AFTER TWO CHICAGO-AREA EMPLOYEES DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS. WALMART BEGAN LIMITING THE NUMBER OF SHOPPERS ALLOWED IN STORES TO PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING. IN A STATEMENT SUNDAY WALMART SAID THAT NEITHER OF THE WORKERS WHO DIED LATE LAST MONTH HAD BEEN AT THE STORE FOR AT LEAST A WEEK AND THAT BOTH MEN HAD UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS. THE GROCERY RETAILER ON SATURDAY BEGAN LIMITING THE NUMBER OF SHOPPERS IN ITS STORES AND PLEXIGLAS SHIELDS ARE BEING INSTALLED AT ALL CHECKOUT LANES AND PHARMACIES IN ALL MEIJER STORES IN THE MIDWEST. EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING THEIR TEMPERATURES TAKEN WHEN THEY ARRIVE TO WORK EVERY DAY. KROGER SAYS IT WILL ONLY ALLOW 50% OF CAPACITY IN ALL ITS GROCERY STORES NATIONWIDE AS A PREVENTATIVE MEASURE TO HELP PROTECT SHOPPERS AND EMPLOYEES DURING THE PANDEMIC. THE CHAIN HAS ALSO STARTED TO TEST ONE-WAY AISLES AS A WAY TO HELP WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. THE COMPANY OPERATES OVER 2700 STORES ACROSS THE U.S. WHOLE FOODS IS ABOUT TO PROVIDE FREE, DISPOSABLE MASKS TO ITS CUSTOMERS IN AN EFFORT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE AMAZON SUBSIDIARY SAID IN A STATEMENT “WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK, WE WILL BE OFFERING FREE, DISPOSABLE MASKS TO ALL WHOLE FOODS MARKET CUSTOMERS NATIONWIDE WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT THE STORE TO SHOP.” CUSTOMERS WILL BE ABLE TO PICK UP THEIR MASKS AT STORE ENTRANCES.

    IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING TODAY, GOVERNER J.B. PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THAT A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ILLINOIS, STARTING AT 5 PM TOMORROW AND LASTING THROUGH APRIL 7TH. THE ORDER, WHICH PRITZKER SAID WAS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, WILL ALLOW RESIDENTS TO LEAVE THEIR HOUSE FOR ESSENTIAL TRIPS TO THE GROCERY STORE, DOCTORS OFFICE, PHARMACY, GAS STATIONS. CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK HAVE ALSO ISSUED MANDATES TO STAY HOME. CVS HEALTH IS ADDING JOBS AS THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK SURGES. THE COMPANY IS HIRING 50,000 WORKERS, AND EMPLOYEES AT CVS STORES WILL GET A BONUS OF UP TO $500.

    ONE OF THE NATION’S BIGGEST GROCERY CHAINS IS HIRING. KROGER WANTS TO ADD OVER 10,000 WORKERS TO ITS CHAIN OF STORES, WHICH INCLUDE RALPH’S, FRY’S, FOOD-four-LESS AND MORE. KROGER IS LOOKING TO FILL POSITIONS IN STORES, MANUFACTURING PLANTS, AND DISTRIBUTION CENTERS. WITH MANY RETAILERS IN THE AREA HAVING CLOSED THEIR STORES TEMPORARILY, EVEN WALMART HAS STARTED SCALING BACK, LIMITING THE NUMBER OF SHOPPERS THAT ARE LET IN THEIR STORES AT ANY ONE TIME TO 5 CUSTOMERS PER THOUSAND FEET. THAT’S APPROXIMATELY 20% OF NORMAL CAPACITY.

    We are asking that on Tuesdays & Thursdays, between 7am and 9am, you permit our senior consumers to have priority shopping with fewer customers in the stores. We acknowledge the belief you place in us whenever you walk by way of our doors- not just throughout this challenging time however as loyal patrons of your local Jewel-Osco. We thanks in your patience, loyalty and generous acts of kindness to our staff and fellow clients. WITH PLENTY OF STORES CLOSING DOWN AMID THE COVID19 PANDEMIC, MANY OTHERS ARE DESIGNATING HOURS JUST FOR SENIORS. THE CORONAVIRUS HAS CAUSED WALMART TO SHORTEN HOURS IN ITS FIVE-THOUSAND US STORES, BUT ON TUESDAYS BETWEEN MARCH 24TH AND APRIL 28TH, IT WILL ALSO OFFER A SPECIAL HOUR-LONG STOREWIDE EVENT FOR SHOPPERS OVER 60.

    The tickets shall be given out until May 5th and you can play on-line via May nineteenth. Our Distribution Center is making sure our shops have the entire objects which might be wanted in our #native communities! ALL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OPERATED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO IN COOK AND LAKE COUNTIES WILL CLOSE STARTING MONDAY. AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE WHEN A RE-OPENING DATE HAS BEEN DETERMINED. AT THIS TIME, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT LARGE REMAIN OPEN, ALTHOUGH MULTIPLE SCHOOLS IN THE CHICAGO AREA HAVE CLOSED OR MOVED TO ONLINE LEARNING IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMIZE CONTAGION, INCLUDING LOCAL UNIVERSITIES. More Chicago landmarks have determined to close their doorways over the COVID-19 outbreak.

    CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT POSTED A SERIOUS VIDEO WITH AN AMUSING TWIST ON SOCIAL MEDIA URGING PEOPLE TO “STAY HOME. SAVE LIVES.” THE CLIP FEATURES THE MAYOR USING HUMOR AND EVEN HER ABILITY TO SING AND PLAY GUITAR TO GET ACROSS THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AT THIS CRITICAL TIME. IT’S WORTH SEEING. DR. DEBORAH BIRX OF THE WHITE HOUSE’S CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE IS WARNING PEOPLE THAT THE NEXT TWO WEEKS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND, QUOTE, “THIS IS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY.” AND THE CDC HAS NOW OFFICIALLY RECOMMENDED THAT WE ALL WEAR A CLOTH FACE MASK WHEN WE GO OUTSIDE. MCDONALD’S WILL DONATE ONE MILLION N95 MASKS ACROSS ILLINOIS AS THE STATE BATTLES A GROWING NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES, THE FAST FOOD CHAIN ANNOUNCED MONDAY. THE MASKS WILL FIRST GO TO FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. OF THE ONE MILLION MASKS, 750,000 WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN CHICAGO. THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE IS ADVISING AMERICANS TO TRY AND STAY OUT OF GROCERY STORES AND DRUG STORES OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. TASK FORCE RESPONSE COORDINATOR DR. DEBORAH BIRX SAID OVER THE WEEKEND THE OUTBREAK IS EXPECTED TO GET WORSE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND PEOPLE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL.

    City officers also introduced that the iconic Cloud Gate, also known as the “Bean” will be additionally closed through April twelfth. In addition to the “Bean,” the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have closed the Chicago Cultural Center, Clarke House Museum and exhibitions at Expo 72 and the City Gallery within the Historic Water Tower. SEVERAL CHICAGO AREA HOSPITALS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWING MOST VISITORS AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES INCREASE. RESTRICTIONS ON VISITORS ARE IN PLACE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER, RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, AND MORE. CARE TEAMS WILL DETERMINE VISITORS FOR THE CRITICALLY ILL. ILLINOIS GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER YESTERDAY ORDERED BARS AND RESTAURANTS TO BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS OF TONIGHT AT 9 P.M.

    MORE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ARE BEING ACTIVATED TO HELP SUPPORT THE STATE’S COVID-19 RESPONSE, INCLUDING ABOUT a hundred and fifteen MEMBERS THAT WERE CALLED UP YESTERDAY. AROUND 80 OF THOSE WILL HELP WITH COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTING BETWEEN HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER. MOST OF THE REMAINDER WILL HELP CONVERT MCCORMICK PLACE IN CHICAGO INTO A MEDICAL FACILITY. EARLY RETIREMENT AND BUYOUT PLANS ARE BEING OFFERED TO EMPLOYEES AT BOEING AS THE COMPANY REELS FROM THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE VOLUNTARY LAYOFF PLAN ANNOUNCED BY THE CHICAGO-BASED COMPANY TODAY WILL LET EMPLOYEES HAVE A PAY AND BENEFITS PACKAGE AS THEY LEAVE BOEING. BOEING’S STOCK HAS TAKEN A TUMBLE SINCE THIS TIME LAST YEAR WHEN IT WAS HOVERING A LITTLE BELOW 400-DOLLARS A SHARE. IT’S NOW BELOW a hundred thirty-DOLLARS A SHARE. CHICAGO HAS RECEIVED ROUGHLY 500 COMPLAINTS ABOUT NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES REMAINING OPEN DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SAYS THE COMPLAINTS INCLUDE RESTAURANTS, BARS, YOGA STUDIOS, HAIR SALONS AND MORE. ANY BUSINESS VIOLATING THE ORDER, WHICH HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 30, COULD FACE FINES UP TO $10,000.

    TARGET, WHOLE FOODS, SAFEWAY AND A HOST OF OTHER BIG CHAINS ARE OFFERING SIMILAR HOURS, SO THIS MOST VULNERABLE PART OF THE POPULATION CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO SHOP SAFELY IN PEACE. A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN ILLINOIS TODAY AT 5PM, LASTING THROUGH APRIL 7TH. ALL RESIDENTS ARE ORDERED TO STAY HOME AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES WILL BE CLOSED. ALL CITY PARKS AND LIBRARIES IN CHICAGO WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.YOU CAN STILL GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR PICK UP TAKE-OUT FOOD, GET MEDICINE OR GO TO THE DOCTOR, GET PET SUPPLIES, AND GO TO THE BANK OR THE UTILITY COMPANY. STARBUCKS WILL SWITCH TO DRIVE-THRU AND DELIVERY ONLY FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, CLOSING ITS CAFE-ONLY STORES. STARBUCKS LOCATIONS INSIDE OF GROCERY STORES WILL REMAIN OPEN, AS WILL SOME LOCATED IN AND AROUND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. THE UNITED CENTER WILL BE REPURPOSED INTO A LOGISTICS HUB FOR CHICAGO TO BATTLE THE PANDEMIC LOCALLY. THE ARENA WILL BE USED TO STAGE FIRST RESPONDERS, COLLECT MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND HELP WITH FRONT LINE FOOD DISTRIBUTION.

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