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.

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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

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