Pritzker Orders Events of 50 or More Be Canceled, House Postpones Session

Pritzker Orders Events of 50 or More Be Canceled, House Postpones Session

CHICAGO (AP) – With 12 more confirmed COVID-19 cases Illinois creating a total of 105 and two new counties reporting cases, Governor J.B. Pritzker Monday ordered all gatherings of 50 or more people in the state to be canceled.

As Pritzker made the order, the Illinois House on Monday postponed it’s session in Springfield until danger from spreading COVID-19 abates.

A memo to members from Jessica Basham, chief of staff to the House speaker, said the session schedule is under daily review “and should be considered ‘in flux'” because of the potentially deadly illness caused by the new coronavirus.

A spokesman for the Senate did not immediately respond to a request for an update on that chamber’s schedule. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the General Assembly was scheduled to return to Springfield Wednesday, the day after the primary election. Lawmakers’ scheduled adjournment date is May 31.

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