This is communication is all about rumor-control. As we have been, IRMA will communicate an update after the Governor’s briefing at 2:30 p.m. (CST).
This morning on NBC, Governor Pritzker indicated they are considering ‘going on lockdown’
which means closing bars and restaurants similar to what has been implemented in Spain and Italy. He did back-up slightly modifying his comment to state they are looking at all options. The interview can be seen here
. This came on the heels of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stating Americans are ‘going to have hunker down more’
. He also said ‘when you think you are doing too much you probably aren’t doing enough’
. That interview can be seen here
In anticipation of this progression and watching developments in other nations, yesterday IRMA communicated with the Governor’s Office, as well as the office of the Chicago Mayor, that IF they consider such a move, they need to, at the very least, keep the following entities open:
1. Stores with grocery items;
2. pharmacies and stores with pharmacies;
3. convenience stores/gas stations with grocery items;
4. stores with pet supplies; and,
5. stores that sell electronic items. (This is necessary as people will need electronic items if they are working from home.)
IRMA also suggested they encourage, and allow, all of these entities to provide curb-side pick-up or delivery if possible. We also warned that while the temptation will be to close restaurants outright, they need to keep in mind this will significantly heighten pressure on stores with grocery items and that additional pressure is not needed. We suggested they allow restaurants and all other stores the option of delivery, drive-up, and curb-side pick-up.
Additionally, IRMA has been asking for a few days for the Governor’s Office to being to incorporate into their messaging the fact that people need to abide by their normal shopping rhythms. For example, if someone shops once a week and usually buys enough for the next week, stick to that schedule. There is ZERO reason for the hoarding. Simply practice social distancing and good hygiene practices.
Again, IRMA staff is available 24/7 during this time should you have questions/needs and you will receive an overview of the Governor’s briefing after it occurs at 2:30 p.m. (CST).