The Illinois Restaurant Association will vote Thursday whether to follow the lead of Geneva’s FoxFire Tavern and file suit on behalf of the state’s 25,000 restaurants against new coronavirus restrictions now imposed on more than half the state’s Emergency Medical Services regions, ABC 7 reports.
Region 10, Suburban Cook County, and Region 4, the St. Louis Metro East, saw indoor dining banned Wednesday in response to skyrocketing test positivity rates and diminished hospital capacity. Region 9, Lake and McHenry counties, will follow on Saturday, joining Regions 1, 5, 7 and 8, which saw new restrictions imposed earlier this month.
“These resurgence mitigations aim to cut down on some of the highest high-risk activities until we bring down the positivity rate in a region once again,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. “I know this virus is hard on everyone. But this battle isn’t going away by itself. We have to manage our way through it with the tools we have available to us.”
But some restaurant owners wonder how they will survive the winter amid a new crackdown on indoor dining.
FoxFire owners K.C. and Curtis Gulbro sued Gov. Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Kane County Health Department last week, a day after announcing the restaurant would defy the governor’s indoor dining ban.