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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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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).