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Golf courses, campground receive Cease and Desist letters

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QUINCY (WGEM) — Three Adams County businesses were served Cease and Desist letters Tuesday morning after operating during the state's Stay at Home order, county officials said.

Adams County Public Health Administrator Jerrod Welch said the letters were given to:

Quincy Country Club, 2410 State Street, Quincy
Spring Lake Country Club, 5215 Clubhouse Dr., Quincy
Whispering Oaks Campground, 2124 E. 1300th Pl., Mendon

"The golf courses and campground should have never been open under the governor's order," Welch explained.

Welch said he and other county officials had received multiple complaints about the businesses continuing to operate, which is what prompted the State's Attorney's Office to issue the letters.

WGEM News contacted all three organizations. Messages left at Quincy Country Club and Whispering Oaks Campground were not returned.

Vice President of the Board at Spring Lake Country Club Ted Niemann said they shut down the golf course to golfers at Spring Lake on March 20th, but told members they could use the course for leisurely activities.

Niemann said that they did not police the use of the course because the club was not required to and they did not have employees at the club to do so.

Niemann said the club would not contest the cease and desist order.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a Stay at Home order on March 20, effective March 21. That order stated that all non-essential business and operations must cease, aside from minimum basic operations. He later extended that order through the month of April.

You can read the full text of that order below:

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