The city of Pekin is closing off access to the riverfront after people continued to gather there in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.
Pekin Mayor Mark Luft ordered access to the Illinois River closed from Court to Caroline St. beginning Friday at 3 p.m.
The boat launch will remain open, and fishing will still be allowed along the river as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
Pekin previously declared a local state of emergency. The council is set to vote on extending those powers for Luft and City Manager Mark Rothert next Monday, as well as imposing fines between $100 and $750 per violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.
The order shuts down many businesses and limits travel to essential needs, such as buying groceries or picking up prescriptions.