States and Cities Order Restaurants and Bars to Close Down Over Coronavirus Concern

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Posted: Mar 15, 2020 5:00 PM
States and Cities Order Restaurants and Bars to Close Down Over Coronavirus Concern

Source: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Some states and local governments are ordering businesses to close down and placing other restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom called for the closure of bars, night clubs, wineries, and breweries throughout the state and suggested home isolation for everyone age 65 and older.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered all schools closed in the state and restricted restaurants to serving carry-out and delivery orders only.

Chicago Tribune reporter Gregory Pratt says Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will be ordering restaurants to stop serving dine-in customers in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. The order will take effect at the close of the business day on Monday. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all bars and restaurants to close down on Sunday. The order goes into effect at 9:00 p.m. local time. Businesses will be allowed to remain open and offer carry-out and delivery services, but dining-in will be prohibited as the state seeks to mandate social distancing measures as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise in the state.  

Cities are beginning to take local action with the hope of flattening the curve in their communities. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered night clubs to close down and placed new restrictions on bars and restaurants. 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared a public emergency on Sunday, announcing the closure of schools and ordering restaurants and bars to close by 11 p.m. local time and reduce their capacity by 50 percent. The mayor announced that regulations, which prohibit food establishments from serving take-out or offering delivery, will be temporarily lifted as an added measure to promote social distancing. 

This post will be updated as needed.