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Illinois governor orders all bars and dine-in restaurants closed

CHICAGO (WSIL) -- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered all Illinois bars and dine-in restaurants to close for two weeks in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Pritzker made the announcement Sunday during his daily update on COVID-19 in the state.

“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. 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.”

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

The temporary closure runs from end of business Monday, March 16 - Monday, March 30.

Delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up service will still be allowed.

On Sunday, Illinois health officials announced 29 new cases of COVID-19, bring the total to 93 cases.

Collin Dorsey

Weekend Anchor

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