By Sean Crawford, WUIS
As more cases of coronavirus disease are confirmed in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker is ordering bars and restaurants closed for two weeks … in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
At the close of business Monday, the establishments will be prohibited from having customers inside through March 30th. Pritzker says they will be allowed to provide pick up options or food delivery. He called it a hard step to take, but says a lot of residents have ignored the calls to stay at home and avoid crowds.
“It’s unfortunate that many people didn’t take that seriously,” Pritzker said during his Sunday media update. “The time for persuasion and public appeals is over. The time for action is here.”
The President of the Illinois Restaurant Association says safety is the top priority of his members, but adds they will seek some sort of financial relief.