"The numbers don't lie. If things don't take a turn in the coming days, we will quickly reach the point when some form of a mandatory stay-at-home order will be left," Pritzker said.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday issued a 30-day advisory calling upon residents to stay at home and have no visitors, even during Thanksgiving festivities.
Illinois has emerged as the pandemic's new epicenter in the region as well as across the country. In the past two weeks, the state reported about 130,000 cases, the highest in the country and more than hard-hit Texas and California.
J.B. PRITZKER: Earlier this afternoon, the city of Chicago put out a stay at home advisory to residents starting Monday, encouraging them to avoid all trips outside their home aside from work and school and all private gatherings inside residences. The city also implemented a new indoor and outdoor gathering cap of 10 people along with an enforcement mechanism as our hospital systems face down this new wave.
So I want to commend the mayor's decision. Because it's never an easy one to make. But it's the right one. To the elected officials who have chosen to disregard public health guidance, those who have stood up at press conferences to question the data and fuel conspiracy theories, what is it going to take to get you to be a part of the solution?
There may be a vaccine on the way in just a few months. But a lot of lives can be saved before that happens. And when this is over, there will be an accounting by your constituents of who worked to keep the public safe and who just ignored the science.
This is the moment to step up and get it right. Winter is coming. The numbers don't lie. If things don't take a turn in the coming days, we will quickly reach the point when some form of a mandatory stay at home order is all that will be left. With every fiber of my being, I do not want us to get there. But right now, that seems like where we are heading.