Ohio, Illinois order all restaurants and bars to close statewide

by Adam Ford · Mar 15th, 2020 3:50 pm

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday afternoon that the state governments will be issuing orders closing all bars and restaurants.

Ohio's order becomes effective Sunday evening; Illinois' begins Monday evening. The orders will remain in effect indefinitely.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said:

"Establishments can stay open for carry-out and delivery. What we can't have is people congregating and seated. Every day we delay, more people will die. If we do not act and get some distance between people, our healthcare system in Ohio will not hold up. The loss won't only be those impacted by COVID19, but the danger is also to everyone else who needs hospital care for other issues."

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said:

"I tried earlier this week to appeal to everyone's good judgment to stay home, to avoid bars, not to congregate in crowds. It's unfortunate that many people didn't take that seriously. The time for persuasion and public appeals is over. The time for action is here. This is not a joke. No one is immune to this, and you have an obligation to act in the best interests of all the people in this state."

? According to TripAdvisor there are 8,569 restaurants and according to NPR there are almost 900 bars in the city of Chicago alone.

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