Illinois Region 1 includes eight northern region counties, additional restrictions in other regionsRegion 1 includes Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties. As new restrictions for Kane, DuPage, Will, and Kankakee counties go into effect Friday, the governor was asked about a list of bar and restaurant owners who plan to defy the restrictions and continue to offer indoor service. “I’m sure that the state police will go visit locations in Regions 7 and 8 and may use information like that to go to exactly those locations to see whether they are in fact scofflaws,” Pritzker said.
Illinois Restaurant Association wants restrictions reconsideredThe Illinois Restaurant Association has asked the governor to reconsider the restrictions. “The Illinois Restaurant Association cannot support the COVID-19 mitigation plan presented by Governor Pritzker’s office that ceases dine-in operations at restaurants across the state of Illinois,” Illinois Restaurant Association President and CEO Sam Toia said in a statement. “Moving backward in this manner spells complete devastation for the restaurant industry. The extreme measures outlined by the Governor’s team will result in the permanent closure of countless restaurants statewide, eliminating thousands of jobs and desolating communities inhabited by millions of residents.” Pritzker has repeatedly said bars and restaurants are among the most common identifiable locations where the virus is spread. When asked about a possible communication breakdown with local officials who have raised questions about the spread of the virus in bars and restaurants, Pritzker hit back. “The communication breakdown is with the people that are spreading these lies,” he said. ” … People don’t seem to understand this and they want to take one minor bit of data and try to blow it out like its proof of bars and restaurants are not spreading locations.” Reporting by Kevin Bessler
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