‘We need to go on lockdown;’ Pritzker orders closing of bars, restaurants in Illinois due to COVID-19 concerns |

'We need to go on lockdown;' Pritzker orders closing of bars, restaurants in Illinois due to COVID-19 concerns |

CHICAGO (KMOV.com) – Illinois is shutting down bars and restaurants due to worries over the coronavirus, Gov. JB Pritzker said Sunday.






Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (AP Photo/John O’Connor)




All bars and restaurants must close at the end of business Monday and remain closed through March 30. Curbside pick-up and drive throughs will still be allowed to stay open. Pritzker said state officials are working restaurant owners to see if kitchens can remain safely open for delivery.

“This is not a joke,” Pritzker said. “No one is immune to this.”

Pritzker’s comments come only two days after he ordered all schools in Illinois, both public and private, to close until March 30. The previous day, he ordered all events with more than 1,000 people to be canceled and encouraged events with at least 250 people not to go forward.

Earlier in the day on Meet the Press, Pritzker said there is a problem of people, particularly young people, going out to bars and restaurants as COVID-19 spreads.

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“Yesterday, what we saw was many young people who think they are impervious to this went out and celebrated,” Pritzker said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a lot of movement. People aren’t understanding even if you’re healthy, even if you’re young, you may be a carrier and you’re gonna hand it over to somebody else. COVID-19 is spreading because even healthy people are walking around, giving it to other people, so we need to go on lockdown.”

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