Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday all bars and restaurants in the state would be closed for dine-in service until the end of the month in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The closures will last Monday at 9 p.m. until March 30, and bars and restaurants are still allowed to take delivery and take-out orders.
The move comes after Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged people to avoid bars, restaurants and other gatherings for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. While the river-dyeing tradition and two Chicago parades were canceled, certain places were still packed with people celebrating the holiday.
Illinois has 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the disease is spreading quickly.
Pritzker says he’s working with business owners to make sure staff can safely make food for delivery.
“I know how difficult this will be on small businesses around the state,” Pritzker tweeted Sunday. “But we must do everything we can to safeguard the health of the citizens of Illinois, and that requires this urgent action.”
Like other universities, Loyola is taking its own measures to mitigate the spread, with students transitioning to online classes only through the end of the semester and students moving out of dorms by the end of this week.