Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has declared all “non-essential” businesses in the state must close, and unlike California, New York and Pennsylvania, where similar orders have been issued, gun stores in the state will remain during the state of emergency. I’m honestly surprised that the governor didn’t follow his fellow Democrats like Gavin Newsom and Tom Wolf in declaring that gun stores weren’t essential businesses during a state of emergency. Bearing Arms
Liquor stores, weed dispensaries and gun stores all are deemed “essential” and will be able to sell their products to the public.
Also open: laundries, most factories, hardware stores, construction jobs, home residential care, and “critical trades” providers such as plumbers, electricians and exterminators.
Clearly Governor’s are having to make up their own regulations as all this progresses but some decisions seem idiotic and dangerous while others make sense. Illinois is currently under a shelter in place and these are their current regulations:
- People will be allowed to leave their homes to buy groceries, gas up the car, visit the doctor or the bank and, in most cases, to go to their jobs.
- The order will require all non-essential businesses to close. That means most non-food retail outlets except for restaurants, which will be allowed to continue to delivery and pick-up services. People who can work from home “must” do so.
- Public transportation will remain open, though on reduced schedules. Residents can go outside for a walk, but should keep at least six feet away from others.
- All Chicago parks and public library branches will be closed.
- Liquor stores, weed dispensaries and gun stores all are deemed “essential” and will be able to sell their products to the public.
- open: laundries, most factories, hardware stores, construction jobs, home residential care, and “critical trades” providers such as plumbers, electricians and exterminators.
- you will get your mail delivered. And people in the media business are deemed essential
As you can see, it seems very little actually deemed “closed” and makes one wonder exactly how are these regulations helping to prevent the spread of the virus when essentially everything is left open and they are counting on people to do the right thing.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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