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GENEVA – Luke Hogan is getting antsy being at home after being off school since March 17 because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
The 15-year-old Geneva student decided to get some fresh air by riding his bike down Third Street, which was uncharacteristically empty on a Tuesday afternoon because of Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order.
"I'm not excited to be at home and doing all this work," he said. "It's stressing everyone out. And I miss my friends. I like being at school."
Hogan and other students across the state are tentatively set to return to school on April 8. He doesn't think that will happen.
"I don't think we're going back to school at all this year," he said.
Geneva resident Judith Hicks was out for a walk on Third Street. She too has been cooped up in her house.
"My volunteer work is on hold and I'm doing some of it via Microsoft Teams," she said. "It's a little frustrating with the weather getting nice."
That includes volunteering at the Fabyan Villa Museum in Geneva, which is operated by Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley. The museum is set to reopen for the season on May 3, but that could be pushed back because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hicks said she thinks Pritzker made the right decision in issuing the stay-at-home order. And she is hopeful things will get better.
"It's what we have to do," she said. "I've moved a lot in my 31 years of marriage and we've gotten hit with a lot of things and everything always gets better."