Pritzker Orders IL Bars, Restaurants Closed to Dine-In Customers
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Sunday ordered all bars and restaurants statewide to close for two weeks as of the end of the business day Monday. The measure was taken in response to the coronavirus, and follows Pritzker’s order on Friday that all schools across the state close between March 17 and March 31.
In announcing the closure of bars and restaurants, Pritzker said he initially tried to persuade would-be patrons to stay home voluntarily. “It’s unfortunate that many people did not take this seriously,” Pritzker said at a news conference Sunday. “The time for persuasion and public appeals is over. The time for action is here.”
He said the state government was working with restaurant owners and food delivery services statewide “to see if restaurants can safely keep their kitchens open, so the restaurants can continue food delivery to people at their homes.”
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