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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Illinois bars and restaurants closed Monday night due to COVID-19 threat

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By Glenn Minnis | Mar 21, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced regulations that affect restaurant operations | Facebook

Quincy activist Mecki Kosin fears what could be the lasting effects of the coronavirus crisis now sweeping the country.

“Socialism, at its finest, is when the government tells you what you can and cannot do,” Kosin told the Quincy Reporter in response to ordinances that allow local governments the power to do everything from rationing utilities to seizing private property in the wake of the growing crisis. “I think this is an overreach.”

Kosin said she is equally concerned about the impact the lingering crisis stands to have on the overall economy.

“Restaurant workers (waiters and waitresses) are underpaid anyway; they can ill afford to take a two-week unpaid vacation,” she added. “This is going to affect all small business and I believe it will close many of them. Not just restaurants, but all the way across the board. It will also affect service clubs, as they generally meet in restaurants to do good in their communities, as well as municipalities.”

Since 9 p.m. Monday, businesses can not serve dine-in patrons in what is deemed an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19. All customers must order ahead, according to a state mandate. Restaurant owners are not sure of the next steps to take.

With 585 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Illinois as of March 21, including five deaths, Gov. J.B. Pritzker moved earlier in the week to mandate the closures of the state’s 250,000 bars and restaurants. The order will be in effect until March 30, and the governor has already indicated it could extend beyond then depending on the situation.

According to the Center for Disease Control, as of March 21 there were 15,219  known cases of COVID-19 across the U.S. with at least 201 deaths. 

There are currently no vaccines or drugs approved to treat or prevent COVID-19.

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