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Executive Order 2020-55

September 18, 2020
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-55

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-55
(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO.51)

WHEREAS, since early March 2020, Illinois has faced a pandemic that has caused extraordinary sickness and loss of life, infecting over 270,000 and growing, and taking the lives of thousands of residents; and,

WHEREAS, at all times but especially during a public health crisis, protecting the health and safety of Illinoisans is among the most important functions of State government; and,

WHEREAS, as Illinois adapts and responds to the public health disaster caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a novel severe acute respiratory illness that spreads rapidly through respiratory transmissions and that continues to be without an effective treatment or vaccine, the burden on residents, healthcare providers, first responders, and governments throughout the State is unprecedented; and,

WHEREAS, as COVID-19 has spread in Illinois over the course of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the circumstances causing a disaster throughout the State have changed and continue to change, making definitive predictions of the course the virus will take over the coming months extremely difficult; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to causing the tragic loss of more than 8,400 Illinoisans and wreaking havoc on the physical health of tens of thousands more, COVID-19 has caused extensive economic loss and continues to threaten the financial welfare of a significant number of individuals and businesses across the nation and the State; and,

WHEREAS, on September 18, 2020, considering the expected continuing spread of COVID-19 and the ongoing health and economic impacts that that will be felt over the coming month by people across the State, I declared all counties in the State of Illinois as a disaster area; and,

WHEREAS, in response to the epidemic emergency and public health emergency described above, I find it necessary to re-issue Executive Orders 2020-03, 2020-04, 2020-07, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-11, 2020-12, 2020-15, 2020-16, 2020-17, 2020-20, 2020-21, 2020-22, 2020-23, 2020-24, 2020-25, 2020-26, 2020-27, 2020-28, 2020-29, 2020-30, 2020-34, 2020-35, 2020-36, 2020-41, 2020-42, 2020-43, 2020-45, 2020-47, 2020-50, 2020-51, and 2020-54 and hereby incorporate the WHEREAS clauses of those Executive Orders;

THEREFORE, by the powers vested in me as the Governor of the State of Illinois, pursuant to the Illinois Constitution and Sections 7(1), 7(2), 7(3), 7(8), 7(9), and 7(12) of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305, and consistent with the powers in public health laws, I hereby order the following, effective September 18, 2020:

Part 1: Re-Issue of Executive Orders.

Executive Orders 2020-03, 2020-04, 2020-07, 2020-08, 2020-09, 2020-11, 2020-12, 2020-15, 2020-16, 2020-17, 2020-20, 2020-21, 2020-22, 2020-23, 2020-24, 2020-25, 2020-26, 2020-27, 2020-28, 2020-29, 2020-30, 2020-34, 2020-35, 2020-36, 2020-41, 2020-42, 2020-43, 2020-45, 2020-47, 2020-50, 2020-51, and 2020-54 hereby are re-issued by this Executive Order 2020-55 as follows:

Executive Order 2020-04 (Closure of James R. Thompson Center; waiver of sick leave requirement for State employees):

Sections 2 and 3 of Executive Order 2020-04 are re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020. Nothing in Section 2 precludes the Department of Central Management Services from designating specific points of ingress and egress and controlling traffic flow in the James R. Thompson Center for State employees, members of the public attending to State business, and members of the public patronizing the businesses and food court.

Executive Order 2020-07 (In-person meeting requirements):

Section 6 of Executive Order 2020-07, as amended by Executive Order 2020-33 and Executive Order 2020-44, is re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-08 (Secretary of State operations):

Sections 3, 4, and 5 of Executive Order 2020-08, as amended by Executive Order 2020-39 and Executive Order 2020-44, are re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-09 (Telehealth):

Executive Order 2020-09, as amended by Executive Order 2020-52, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-11 (Illinois Department of Corrections notification period):

Section 4 of Executive Order 2020-11 is re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-12 (Health care worker background checks; Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice notification period):

Sections 1 and 3 of Executive Order 2020-12 are re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-15 (Suspending provisions of the Illinois School Code):

Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of Executive Order 2020-15 are re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-16 (Suspension of classroom training requirement for security services):

Section 2 of Executive Order 2020-16 is re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Orders 2020-03 and 2020-17 (Cannabis deadlines and applications):

Executive Orders 2020-03 and 2020-17, as modified by Executive Order 2020-18, are re-issued and shall remain in effect as specified by Executive Order 2020-18.

Executive Order 2020-20 (Public assistance requirements):

Executive Order 2020-20 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-21 (Furlough of Illinois Department of Corrections inmates):

Executive Order 2020-21 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-22 (Placements under the Child Care Act of 1969; fingerprint submissions under Health Care Worker Background Check Act):

Sections 4, 5, and the Savings Clause of Executive Order 2020-22 are re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-23 (Actions by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for licensed professionals engaged in disaster response):

Executive Order 2020-23 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-24 (Illinois Department of Human Services Forensic Treatment Program; investigations of Illinois Department of Human Services employees):

Executive Order 2020-24 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-25 (Garnishment and wage deductions):

Executive Order 2020-25, as amended and revised below, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Section 1. During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the provisions of Sections 5/12-705, 5/12-805, and 5/2-1402 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, 735 ILCS 5/12-705, 735 ILCS 5/12-805, and 735 ILCS 5/2-1402, that permit the service of a garnishment summons, wage deduction summons, or a citation to discover assets on a consumer debtor or consumer garnishee, are suspended.

Section 2. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to apply to domestic support obligations, including child support and spousal maintenance obligations, or to any proceeding pursuant to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, 820 ILCS 115, Minimum Wage Law, 820 ILCS 105, or the Prevailing Wage Act, 820 ILCS 130.

Executive Order 2020-26 (Hospital capacity):

Sections 2(e), 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of Executive Order 2020-26 are re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-27 (Cadavers testing positive for COVID-19):

Executive Order 2020-27 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-28 (Industrial radiography certifications):

Executive Order 2020-28, as amended and revised below, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Section 2. For any industrial radiography certification or industrial radiography trainee certification that expired or will expire during the period of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, IEMA-DNS may administratively extend terms of existing certifications for industrial radiographers and industrial radiographer trainees in 90-day increments, not to exceed a maximum period of six nine months beyond the initial 5 or 2 year term, to allow individuals time to meet the examination criteria. Industrial radiographers and industrial radiographer trainees shall meet all other requirements as set forth by IEMA-DNS.

Executive Order 2020-29 (In-person education or exams for professional insurance licenses):

Executive Order 2020-29 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-30 (Filing of residential eviction actions; enforcement of residential eviction orders; expired consular identification documents; electronic filings for the Illinois Human Rights Commission):

Executive Order 2020-30, as amended by Executive Order 2020-48 and Executive Order 2020-52, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-34 (Cannabis requirements):

Executive Order 2020-34 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-35 (Illinois Department of Public Health regulatory activities):

Sections 14, 15, 16, and 17 of Executive Order 2020-35 are re-issued and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-36 (Marriage licenses):

Executive Order 2020-36 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-41 (Sports wagering):

Executive Order 2020-41 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-42 (State Fairs):

Executive Order 2020-42 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-43 (Phase 4 Community Revitalization Order):

Executive Order 2020-43, as amended and revised below, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

4. Exemptions.

  1. Free exercise of religion. This Executive Order does not limit the free exercise of religion. To protect the health and safety of faith leaders, staff, congregants and visitors, religious organizations and houses of worship are encouraged to consult and follow the recommended practices and guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. As set forth in the IDPH guidelines, the safest practices for religious organizations at this time are to provide services online, in a drive-in format, or outdoors (and consistent with social distancing requirements and guidance regarding wearing face coverings), and to limit indoor services to 10 people. Religious organizations are encouraged to take steps to ensure social distancing, the use of face coverings, and implementation of other public health measures.
  2. Emergency functions. All first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, law enforcement and corrections personnel, hazardous materials responders, child protection and child welfare personnel, housing and shelter personnel, military, and other governmental employees working for or to support the emergency response are exempt from this Executive Order, but are encouraged to practice social distancing and take recommended public health measures.
  3. Governmental functions. This Executive Order does not apply to the United States government and does not affect services provided by the State or any municipal, township, county, subdivision or agency of government and needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies or to provide for or support the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  4. Election-related functions. This Executive Order does not apply to any election authority, polling place, or individual while performing duties related to or voting in the 2020 General Election. Statewide public health-related procedures for the 2020 General Election are set forth in the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Election Polling Locations, available at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/2020election.

Executive Order 2020-45 (Cannabis licenses):

Executive Order 2020-45 is re-issued in its entirety and shall remain in effect as specified by Executive Order 2020-45.

Executive Order 2020-47 (In-person instruction at preK-12 schools):

Executive Order 2020-47 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-50 (Resuming transfers from county jails to Illinois Department of Corrections):

Executive Order 2020-50 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-51 (Metro East region mitigation):

Executive Order 2020-51 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Executive Order 2020-54 (Additional Metro East mitigation):

Executive Order 2020-54 is re-issued in its entirety and extended through October 17, 2020.

Part 2: Rescission of Executive Orders. Executive Order 2020-53 is hereby rescinded.

Part 3: Savings Clause. If any provision of this Executive Order or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, this invalidity does not affect any other provision or application of this Executive Order, which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Executive Order are declared to be severable

Issued by the Governor September 18, 2020
Filed by the Secretary of State September 18, 2020