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State and county officials urge following stay-at-home order, as cease and desist letters sent to businesses

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Illinois authorities have had enough of people disobeying the Stay at Home order.

Adams County officials said they're ramping up enforcement efforts to try and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said you should call local police when you see someone disobeying the Stay at Home order. This comes after local authorities have already taken enforcement to the next level and they may just be getting started.

There are businesses in Adams County that are being asked to cease operations.

County officials said cease and desist letters were sent to the Quincy Country Club, Spring Lake Country Club in Quincy and Whispering Oaks Campground in Mendon.

"This is clearing this up for you guys," ACHD Public Health Administrator Jerrod Welch said. "We really don't want this activity out there. There is a public health risk on this, so let's all do what we can to stop that risk."

Welch said too many businesses and residents aren't following the order.

"Everyone's trying to do their part and people are asking questions, why are there 11 guys on a driving range having beer? Everyone knows what they should be doing," Welch said.

Pritzker addressed the growing concern in Tuesday's briefing.

"There's situations like what I read about in Quincy, I saw there were several parties, two parties, that I'm aware of that occurred," Prtizker said.

Pritzker urges local law enforcement to crack down on people who choose to disobey the order.

"If people are encouraging others to get together in groups more than ten or to not social distance, I think at some point, it's worthy of considering a real consequence," Prtizker said.

It's a punishment the Quincy Police Department is working to put into place, through an ordinance allowing them to give citations to those who are noncompliant.

Welch said it's ultimately up to the community to end this pandemic, even if they don't agree with the governor's order.

"From our end, it's just another ask," Welch said. "Hey, let's all make sure we're doing everything to get through this as quickly as possible."

The Quincy city council is expected to pass that ordinance, which would allow QPD to issue citations to those not following the rules, on Monday.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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