OH and Ill. order restaurant closures to stem the spread of coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2020

In Missouri, decisions regarding the mandatory closures of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs remain under consideration and are expected to be made soon. "I'm aware that this will impact many, many good workers".

"Every day we delay, more people will die". I can't tell you how sorry I am, but we will work to mitigate the suffering.

Restaurants in OH will be required to close indefinitely as of 9 p.m. tonight and establishments in IL will be required to suspend dine-in service beginning tomorrow in the latest and most sweeping measures yet taken by state officials to slow the spread of COVID-19. "It is our goal for everyone to get through this".

Effective immediately and for the next eight weeks, scheduled events and social gatherings with more than 50 people in attendance are prohibited across all five jurisdictions, as recommended by the CDC.

"If we do not act and get some distance between people, our healthcare system in OH will not hold up", stated Governor DeWine.

"There are no easy decisions left to make as we address this unprecedented crisis", Pritzker said Sunday. "The loss won't only be those impacted by COVID-19, but the danger is also to everyone else who needs hospital care for other issues".

Newsweek reached out to Pritzker and DeWine's offices for additional information.

But COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, is now "spreading because even healthy people can be walking around, giving it to other people", the governor remarked, adding that "we need to go on lockdown".

As of Sunday, data provided by Johns Hopkins University says that more than 3,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed around the United States along with more than 60 deaths. American citizens are still allowed to come home from those areas but will face screening upon arrival.

JB Pritzker's comments that March school shutdowns due to the coronavirus don't require e-learning, DeKalb Superintendent Jamie Craven said DeKalb schools will continue e-learning as planned.

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