All Illinois clubs, bars & restaurants to close due to COVID-19 pandemic
All bars and restaurants in Illinois must close their doors to dine-in customers Governor JB Pritzker ordered Sunday, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
"There are no easy decisions left to make as we address this unprecedented crisis," Pritzker said Sunday. "As your governor I can't allow the gravity of these decisions from taking the measures that the science and the experts say will keep people safe."
Pritzker said state officials are working with restaurant owners and food delivery services to make sure restaurants can safely keep their kitchens open.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city would enforce the measures announced by Pritzker Sunday, while trying to find ways to mitigate any long-term effects the closures could have.
"I think and I hope people recognize and understand these decisions are being made for the long-term well-being and health of everyone, Lightfoot said. "If we were to delay the inevitable we would be putting everyone's health in jeopardy."
Earlier in the day Sunday, Chicago officials announced restrictions limiting the capacity of bars and restaurants that sell liquor across the city. Now, those and other dining establishments will all be closed to customers until March 30.
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