COVID-19: State orders all bars and dine-in restaurants to close through March

By Jim Hagerty
Reporter

ROCKFORD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker, on Sunday, ordered all bars and dine-in restaurants across the state to close for the rest of the month amid the spread of COVID-19.

Establishments must close by Tuesday, March 17.

“This is another hard step to take,” Pritzker said. “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.”

As of this report, there are 93 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including at least one in Winnebago County.