Rep. Sosnowski calls on Gov. Pritzker to follow CDC guidance, end Illinois COVID-19 emergency mandates

State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, today called upon Governor Pritzker to follow the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which dropped quarantine and social distancing recommendations related to COVID-19 as of August 11.  Governor Pritzker issued a proclamation on August 19 extending his administration’s COVID-19 executive orders for an additional 30 days.

“The Governor should follow the science and immediately cancel his emergency executive orders on COVID-19,” Representative Sosnowski said. “The Governor has continued to renew his mandates every 30 days in a clear abuse of his power. It is long past time to end the policy of setting arbitrary sets of rules for different settings in Illinois when the public health experts at the CDC have stated certain mitigations are no longer necessary. If the Governor insists on perpetuating his emergency COVID orders even one more day, he should have to come forward and explain why to the people of Illinois based on science and facts, which clearly are not on his side.”

New COVID-19 guidance from the CDC focuses on individual decisions, including:

  • Those exposed to the virus are no longer required to quarantine
  • Unvaccinated people now have the same guidance as vaccinated people
  • Students can remain in class after being exposed to the virus
  • It is no longer recommended to screen individuals who do not exhibit symptoms

For details on current CDC guidance on COVID-19, please visit