Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has ordered that all restaurants and bars be closed to dine in patrons by end of day March 16th thru March 30, 2020. Coronavirus continues to rear it ugly head and if affecting the world. The state of Illinois has been staggering closings during the course of last week and this is the latest announcement. This will affect affect election day this Tuesday. Early voting is still an option and voters are still able to send mail in ballots.
“I cannot let the gravity of the choices prevent us from taking the actions that the science and the experts say will keep people safe,” Pritzker said.
Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor Prtiztker have been working in concert to assure the safety of their citizens
Mayor Lightfoot said the city would be looking after hospitality workers amid the closure. She also mentioned that these establishments need to follow suit.
“Our restaurants and bars need to comply with this guidance, because we will enforce it at the city level,” Lightfoot said.
Illinois Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Toia said the safety and health of customers and team members is at top of mind.
“The Illinois Restaurant Association will continue to act on behalf of economic relief for our employees and our small businesses,” Toia said. “It is the number one concern of the restaurateur to make sure his or her team members get their paychecks.”
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