Restore Illinois and Stay-At-Home Order

State Resources

The series of stay-at-home orders and the phases of the "Restore Illinois" are complex and change frequently. The Village of Niles will share the most critical updates as they become available, but encourages the public to access official State resources for the most up-to-date details.

For complete information about the Stay-At-Home order and the COVID-19 situation, please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus web page at The Governor’s Office is collecting and responding to questions. Citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations to

Previous Information

Governor Pritzker has issued a state-wide “Stay-At-Home” order, which took effect Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5 P.M., and has been extended through May 30, 2020. All residents shall remain in their home during this time, with exceptions for essential needs like obtaining food, exercising outdoors, and visiting doctors. Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. It is critical to maintain social distancing, even outdoors, and even as the weather turns nicer.

NOTE: Businesses interested in opening for outdoor dining when State guidelines allow should view the Village’s Temporary Outdoor Seating Application and Guidelines document.

What is still open during the stay-at-home order?

The following are currently allowed/open/operational:

  • Essential services
  • Police/fire/water/public works
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants (no dine-in)
  • Pharmacies
  • Doctors/health care
  • Liquor stores
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Banks
  • Public parks and outdoor activity, as long as social distancing is practiced.
  • Funerals (but 10-person gathering limit still applies)
  • Legal Services
  • Accounting services
  • Insurance services
  • Home improvement stores
  • Real estate services
  • Many custodial services and trades
  • Public transportation (schedules may vary, Niles Free Bus is using its weekend schedule daily)
  • Roads
  • Auto repair shops
  • Gas stations
  • Garbage collection (must be in bags/carts; NO loose items)
  • Yard waste collection is beginning first week of April
  • Parks (see exception below)
  • Landscapers
  • Permits/Transfer Stamps
  • Garden Stores

The following are prohibited/closed/canceled:

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Village meetings are canceled unless otherwise noted
  • Playgrounds
  • Religious services
  • Car dealerships (except their service and rentals)
  • Day cares (exceptions apply)
  • Most retail stores
  • Barber shops and salons
  • Golf courses
  • Textile recycling
  • Water meter replacement
  • Traveling to visit family or friends unless providing essential assistance
  • Village facilities are closed (many services available online or by phone)
  • Niles Park District basketball/tennis courts