Chicago Suburb Issues Shelter-in-Place Order Over CCP Virus

March 19, 2020 Updated: March 19, 2020

Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, has implemented a shelter-in-place order for its residents, lasting from March 20 until at the minimum, April 3, in an attempt to curb the CCP virus.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb, in a statement, declared a local state of emergency over the pandemic and is calling on locals to stay home.

Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley has now “issued a public order that requires residents to shelter in place effective Fri., March 20 through Fri., April 3,” according to the statement.

The shelter-in-place includes businesses that provide essential services such as banks, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and restaurants for pickup and delivery only.

Hardware stores, medical providers, first responders, transportation provers, government activities, and social service providers will also be opened.

“The action of the Mayor is in place until the next meeting of the Village Board of Trustees,” the statement said.

Oak Park, with a population of 50,000, is located adjacent to the West Side of Chicago.

Several other cities including San Francisco and Frenso, California, have issued similar measures in recent days over the CCP virus. And on Wednesday night, Colorado’s Miguel County implemented such a move.

The county also said it will test the entire population for COVID-19.

“We know just testing is not enough to fight this virus. If we invest in the short-term inconveniences of isolation and sheltering-in-place now, we will save lives,” Grace Franklin, the county’s public health and environment director, said in the statement.