Update - State of Illinois Orders Closure of In-Person Dining at Restaurants and Bars March 16 Until March 30
This afternoon, the IRA was informed by Governor Pritzker’s office that a temporary, two-week shut down of restaurants statewide is essential in the interest of public health.
Governor Pritzker has ordered the closure of in-person dining at restaurants and bars in Illinois, effective at close of business Monday, March 16 until Monday, March 30. Delivery, drive-thru, and curbside pickup options will be allowed, but dining in is not permitted during this temporary shut down.
to read the official state press release.
The IRA understands that our members have urgent concerns and questions regarding this closure announcement. We are working around the clock with local, state and federal officials to help employers and employees address the short and long-term business concerns around this temporary closure.
Safety is our number one priority, and we must rely on the advisement of medical experts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our team remains vigilant in helping Illinois’ hospitality industry navigate the immediate challenges that come with this rapidly-changing landscape.
We are currently working with other stakeholders to explore all possible avenues of economic and regulatory relief for our industry in the days and weeks ahead.