Pritzker expected to issue shelter-in-place order in Illinois

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The Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker is expected to issue a shelter-in -place order during a 3 pm press conference today with Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot by his side, according to a report by the Sun Times.

This order is coming after weeks of the coronavirus spreading across the world and essentially crippling businesses and the economy.

The reaction in the United States has been slow. The Saint Patrick’s Day festivities were canceled in Chicago but the bars were still full. These large gatherings are hindering progress when it comes to stopping the spread of the virus.

This order appears to be a response to this. The numbers of those infected has been growing exponentially. This stay at home order is a way to get a handle on the pandemic. Social distancing is more than a phrase. It’s the way of the world.

Grocery stores, hospitals and gas stations and other essential businesses will stay open according to sources.

Will you stay in your home? How are you protecting yourself? Share in the comments.

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IL. Governor Pritzker orders all dine-in establishments and bars to close by end of day Monday

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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