A Clinton bar and grill has caused a stir on social media, vowing to defy Governor Pritzker's order to offer only curbside or drive-thru meals beginning Tuesday in an effort to slow the spread of corona-virus.
Joe Sartie, owner of Snapper's Bar & Grill on the Clinton square, says he will open his doors as usual Tuesday morning.
It's Sartie's belief that the two-week closure will be crippling for small businesses like his. He feels the seemingly arbitrary closure of businesses is not an adequate plan and expects the economic impact of the closures on local communities will be devastating.
However, dining establishments that refuse to comply with the Governor's order could face serious penalties. Dave Remmert, Executive Director of the DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department, notes his agency has been tasked to ensure compliance. He says restaurants disobeying the Executive Order will be turned over to the State's Attorney's office.
The Executive Order mandating the closure of in-house dining establishments across Illinois goes (went) into effect at 9pm Monday, March 16th.