Credit: Enrique Reyes Martinez

CHICAGO — Gov. JB Pritzker tweaked the state’s stay at home rules to allow retail stores to partially reopen.

Pritzker, who on Thursday extended the stay at home order to May 30, said “non-essential” businesses must still stay closed to customers — but they can partially reopen so they fulfill orders made online or over the phone.

Those orders can then be picked up by customers outside the store or they can be delivered to customers.

Some non-essential businesses had already been doing that, with officials turning a blind eye, but the governor’s order makes it official.

Businesses that open are required to provide staff with face coverings.

And Pritzker made a litany of other changes that go into effect May 1, including saying face coverings will now be required for Illinoisans when they can’t practice social distancing and announcing the slow reopening of state parks.

From the governor’s office:

NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores not designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.

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