Pritzker asks for federal help for Illinois restaurants and bars

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is reaching out for help for the beleaguered restaurant and bar industry, the same industry facing restrictions from his state-imposed mitigations.

“I want to urge the Congress to step up and include in the stimulus package support for restaurants and bars that have been so hard hit by the virus,” said Pritzker Tuesday at his daily COVID-19 briefing.

The Pritzker administration has said that bars and restaurants are one hotspot for the spread of the coronavirus. In November, the governor imposed Tier 3 mitigations, which closed all indoor service at establishments across the state and allowed for only outdoor dining. Owners contend
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