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Despite stay-at-home order, Illinoisans hit the roads for the holiday weekend

Added 05-28-20 06:23:02pm EST - “In spite of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home orders, Illinoisans grabbed their keys and hit the road over Memorial Day weekend in numbers not seen since before the pandemic reached Illinois.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Despite stay-at-home order, Illinoisans hit the roads for the holiday weekend”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In spite of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home orders, Illinoisans grabbed their keys and hit the road over Memorial Day weekend in numbers not seen since before the pandemic reached Illinois.

Marketing firm Arrivalist uses cellular location data to track movements of people outside of their normal activity. The company's Daily Travel Index takes the anonymized data and filters it to exclude everyday work commutes, plane flights, and over-the-road truck drivers.

Illinoisans took trips of at least 100 miles at rates as high as they did in February, before the governor's stay-at-home order, even exceeding the year’s spring break weekend level of travel.

“Seeing those spikes in those mid-range and longer trips that really confirm what you see anecdotally in that people want to travel,” said Matt Clement, senior vice president of marketing at Arrivalist.

Trips of at least 250 miles, more than enough for the majority of Illinoisans to cross a border into a state without lockdown orders, spiked 152 percent over the two weekends prior to the holiday.

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