Illinois Mandates Closure of All Bars and Restaurants Until March 30


Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker shuts down all bars and restaurants for inside dining.

After hinting he would so so, Governor Pritzker just announced All Illinois Bars, Restaurants Closed.

Three days after expressing frustration at long lines outside bars and revelers continuing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in public, Pritzker said all bars and restaurants are ordered to close as of close of business Monday, March 16, until March 30.

"Every choice that we face — every choice now — is hard and it comes with real consequences for our residents," Pritzker said. "I cannot let the gravity of these choices prevent us from taking the actions that the science and the experts" say is best, he said.

Hours earlier, Pritzker appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, telling host Chuck Todd he was "looking hard" at making the decision to shut down bars and restaurants, similar to what France has recently done.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also appeared on "Meet the Press"ordered his state's restaurants closed as well, hours after saying, "Everything we're doing is to save lives."

Airport Mess

Trump made a huge mess of things at many airports and Pritzker blasted him in a series of Tweets.

Lines at Ohare

Lines at Dallas Fort Worth

Trump's Idea

Screen all passengers from Europe. Provide no screeners.

Not Under Control

Clearly the coronavirus is not under control.

NYC Comptroller Wants to Shut All Restaurants and Bars

Just a bit ago I reported NYC Comptroller Wants to Shut All Restaurants and Bars

States are taking matters into their own hands.

March Madness Cancelled

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Nothing is immune from closure, not even March Madness.

Previously, the NCC announced the tournament would go on for players only, but when two players tested positive they cancelled it entirely.

If the coronavirus threat diminishes, it will be due to these strong social measures.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (32)
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Are they going to shut down the food courts on the Tollways? The same at the airports? How about just closing the airports?

Meanwhile, most restaurants are not high margin businesses and 2 weeks idle will bankrupt them.

Maybe we can wait until a few retired civil servants and teachers test positive and get them all in one big stadium for a mandatory retiree meeting about "fixing" the pension defecit. Given the eitiology of Coronavirus, it would be likely to help.

Just remember it is better to give than to receive.


Truly the black swan event. In california many supermarkets are closing along with most of the schools. In our litigious society it appears to be too "risky" to require people to come to work!!


No recession.


Fed to 0% a few minutes ago.

Have things ever changed so quickly? Not in my lifetime.


My grapevine says Senior beltway policy wonks finally fully engaged. I'll be surprised at this point if they don't lock down everything but grocery stores for a couple weeks. They should.
Unless you've been in a cave since Christmas, the numbers have been screaming at you:
Even China's current REPORTED daily death rate on 81,000 cases is still five times background death rate for a population of 81,000 people, mostly in Wuhan where they let it get away from we're doing now.

Extrapolated to our population of 340 million we'd see 3.4 million coronavirus deaths, at the current China death rate, in 90 days, 3.6 x all combat deaths in our entire history.


Mish, you've been busy lately, don't forget to go outside and see your daffodils and hyacinths peaking through. Spring is coming, and by the ways, thanks for all that you do.



Mish, you are really going to have to get out of Illinois quickly now. No bars or restaurants? Fugeddaboutit.


When Reagan fired the air traffic controllers, I was stuck at Heathrow for 3 days. Had to sleep on the floor. I was a teenager, so no big deal. But, what a bunch of whiny wusses.


Please enlighten me WildBull with a brain

Who is an expert that says 71% will contract the virus?

I agree South Korea 's death rate is under 1%... of those that have contracted the virus, however the percentage confirmed cases in South Korea is 0.016% of the population. 8,236 confirmed cases in a population of 51 ,000,000

Your post says refers to the South Korea death rate as "That's maybe the best we can expect" So lets extrapolate that

340 million Americans X 0.016%= 54,910 Americans will contract the virus and
1% of that would be 549 deaths.

A 0.016% rate of contract is about 160 contracted per million people.

Lets not read the death rate and project that across the entire population, the death rate is a percentage of those that contract the virus.

So how do we get to 2.5 million deaths in the US?

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