* November 3…
Restaurants and bars in Champaign County that continue to serve customers indoors in defiance of a state order face swift enforcement action, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
At least two restaurant and bar owners in Champaign County planned to open in defiance of the order, one of several temporary restrictions that took effect in East Central Illinois Monday morning to try and turn back the growing swell of COVID-19 cases. […]
Jeff Buckler, owner of Buford’s in Sadorus, said that location is normally closed anyway on Mondays, but his Tolono location, Lil Buford’s, was open, serving indoors and busy.
* December 10…
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District suspended the food permit of Apple Dumplin’, 2014 N. High Cross Road, U, late last week and has now turned the matter over to the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office after that restaurant continued to operate without a permit, according to Sarah Michaels, food program manager for the health district. […]
But several others that were visited by health district officials and warned about the loss of their food permits have decided to comply and stop indoor service, she said.
Among them was Jeff Buckler, owner of Buford’s Pub in Sadorus and Lil’ Buford’s in Tolono. […]
[Apple Dumplin’ owner Jim Flaningam] said the health district told him Dec. 3 that his food permit would be suspended, but he had passed his inspection without issues Nov. 24.
“To me, it doesn’t matter,” he said about his food permit being suspended. “Even if they did, they did it wrongly.”
* Buckler changed his mind…
After a long discussion with my attorney I've decided to open up indoor dining. Without indoor dining this location…
Posted by Lil Bufords on Thursday, December 10, 2020
Two guesses who his attorney is.
A controversial concert is planned for an area where indoor dining is banned. It’s a restaurant known for defying Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker’s orders and, thus far, getting away with it.
Washy’s Saloon in Waterloo, Illinois defies orders to close down inside, even after the Illinois State Police came by and took the case to prosecutors. The Monroe County prosecutor declined the case.
Now, Washy’s is planning a show Dec. 19 with Platinum Rock Legends, a band so popular it says its crowds cannot be controlled.
The band offers no apologies.
But sanity prevailed…
After consulting with the Henry County State Attorney’s Office the Henry-Stark County Health Department and Henry County Office of Emergency Management has retracted a previous statement on Wednesday, December 9th saying they would allow indoor dining at bars and restaurants.
According to a statement, the health department will not make any further changes to their current policy and are encouraging all in Henry and Stark Counties to follow Illinois’ Tier 3 guidelines. The new policy was set to take place on December 11th and would have allowed bars and restaurants in Henry and Stark Counties to operate at a maximum of 25% capacity for indoor dining, however with the retraction the changes will not take place.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked yesterday in his daily presser specifically about the new policy to which he replied, “local public health officials are trying their best to manage in these extraordinary circumstances in these unprecedented times and they’re doing the best they can without having elected officials who don’t know much about public health themselves interfere with what’s best for public health of people who live in those counties. So I just discourage elected officials from exercising that kind of political influence.”
* One more…
Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R) says COVID-19 data shows 70% of outbreaks have occurred in long-term care facilities, and is calling on the Illinois Department of Public Health to loosen restrictions on businesses.
“Restaurants, retailers and houses of worship are not the culprits of community spread of COVID-19 and we need to stop treating them as such. IDPH’s own data demonstrates that most outbreaks of COVID-19 in Illinois are attributable to long-term care and other congregate living facilities. With this undisputed fact in mind, destroying people’s livelihoods and forcing people out of work with extreme statewide restrictions is clearly not based on data and science,” Sosnowski said in a statement on Thursday.
Pritzker responded by saying, “I know Sosnowski does not believe bars and restaurants have anything to do with transmitting or amplifying the disease, but he’s wrong. Medical doctors, epidemiologists, experts on infectious disease all have, nearly universally, said that bars and restaurants are places [where the virus is transmitted] because people aren’t wearing masks for lengthy periods of time.”
* Military-grade camera shows risks of airborne coronavirus spread
* Cuomo: Indoor Dining To Be Suspended Starting Monday
* 200 hospitals have been at full capacity, and 1/3 of all US hospitals are almost out of ICU space
* CTU releases list of demands for reopening CPS
* Chicago Tribune live blog headlines…
Some COVID-19 vaccines are nearly ready for use. Others are still being tested. Here are some of the local volunteers taking part in vaccine trials.
Illinois State University cancels spring break over COVID-19 concerns
Hines VA hospital among 37 VA hospitals to receive initial vaccine doses
New hospital data shows wide disparities in available beds; search for any Illinois hospital below [Click here]
‘This feeling is needed.’ Virtual Santas go all out to make Christmas special for kids during the pandemic.
* Sun-Times live blog headlines…
Bus drivers on Chicago’s busiest routes among nearly 900 CTA employees with COVID-19
Union says almost 20% of MLS players tested positive for coronavirus
National Guard joins fight against COVID-19 at veterans homes
Panel of FDA advisors back Pfizer coronavirus vaccine
COVID killed my stepfather, who followed the rules
* NBC Chicago live blog headlines…
50K People Sign Up For Suburban COVID-19 Portal, Register for Vaccine
Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Application Deadline Looms Next Week
IDPH Will Protect Personal Information, Immigration Status Amid Vaccine Distribution: Ezike
Pritzker Expresses Cautious Optimism as State Continues to Monitor for Post-Thanksgiving Surge
6 Coronavirus Vaccine Myths ‘Debunked,’ According to Health Experts [Click here]