Governor Pritzker issued a “stay-at-home” order yesterday for the state of Illinois. This required people to stay in their place of residence, and for non-essential businesses to be closed. But a close examination of the actual order reveals that it says the following:
5.Leaving the home for essential activities is permitted. For purposes of this Executive Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities:
c.For outdoor activity.
To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or BIKING. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. However, playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed.
12.Essential Businesses and Operations. For the purposes of this Executive Order, Essential Businesses and Operations means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, and the following (as defined by the US Department of Homeland Security memo dated 3/19/2020):
c.Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation. Gas stations and auto- supply, auto-repair, and related facilities, and BICYCLE SHOPS and related facilities;
So, per the Governor or Illinois…cycling is considered an ESSENTIAL activity.
And bike shops are considered by the US Dept of Homeland Security to be ESSENTIAL transportation infrastructure.
Sounds about right to me!