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Police: Illinois roadways open, but 'restricted to essential travel'

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Illinois roadways are open but are restricted to "essential travel" during Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order, the Illinois State Police advised in a Facebook post Monday.

"You should only travel if it is essential to your work or health," the Illinois State Police advised in the posting. "We encourage you to obey the stay-at-home order as outlined by the Governor. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part."

Gov. Pritzker's stay-at-home order, announced on Friday, took effect at 5 p.m. Saturday and runs through April 7. The order, in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, permits residents to leave home for "essential activities" including health and safety, travel for necessary supplies and services, for outdoor activity and to take care of others.

"Regarding the COVID-19 Executive order, the Illinois State Police will not pull you over unless we have probable cause to do so," according to a statement from the Illinois State Police.

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