Postmates, GrubHub, and DoorDash have almost become emergency services.
Gov JB Pritzker announced Sun, March 15 that all IL restaurants and bars must close their doors to customers at the end of the day Mon, March 16 through March 30. This is another precaution being taken by the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19, of which 29 new cases were identified today, bringing the total number of cases to 93.
“This is another hard step to take. I know how difficult this will be on small businesses around the state. But we must do everything we can to safeguard the health of the citizens of Illinois, and that requires this urgent action,” said Gov Pritzker. “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 of this state.”
There are no easy decisions to make as we address this unprecedented crisis — we must do what science and experts say will keep people safe.
With that said, I am ordering all IL bars and restaurants to close to the public as of close of business Monday, Mar. 16 through Mar. 30.
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) March 15, 2020
Mayor Lori Lightfoot agreed with the Gov that “…clear and bold actions are needed immediately to stop the spread of COVID-19 and strengthen public health in Chicago and across the state.” The state will be working with restaurant owners and food delivery businesses to ensure that kitchens can remain open and operate safely in order to provide delivery and carryout options. “The City of Chicago is working to safeguard the health of our communities at every level of our operations. We are resilient, and we are all in this together,” said Mayor Lightfoot.
Social distancing, good respiratory hygiene, and keeping up to date with the latest public health news and regulations remain crucial to preventing the spread of COVID-19. If you can work from home, do so. If you are sick, please stay home unless you need medical assistance.