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Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s new restrictions on stores, museums and casinos: what people think

Among the reactions: He’s overstepping. It’s not enough. He’s doing the best he can. The rules won’t work wearing masks is mandated and social distancing enforced.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker puts on a mask after announcing new mitigations in Illinois to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker puts on a mask after announcing new mitigations in Illinois to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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We asked Chicagoans: What do you think of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s latest coronavirus-related restrictions on stores, museums and casinos? Some answers have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

“Got to get it under control somehow. If people would have followed guidelines in the first place instead of complaining about everything and crying about it, maybe it wouldn’t have come to this.” — John Schymanoske

“It’s the right move, but I do not see any enforcement on social distancing, masks, drinking past closing in these tents on Division Street. More needs to be done to make this work.” — Tina Rotter

“I think he’s doing the best he can. I just wish people would take it seriously. How difficult is it to wear a mask and wash your hands?” — Maxine Henry

“I believe it shows leadership in the face of extreme pressure. Data doesn’t lie, and this governor and his team are doing their best to balance Illinoisans’ needs with a contagion in our midst.” — Lisa Urquhart

“Until there are consequences for people not willing to follow these mandates, it won’t matter.” — Kristi Robertts Murillo

“This is the exact reason why people continue to travel to Wisconsin or Indiana. They are normal and have stuff open.” — Jeff Malina

“Ridiculous, Mayor Lightfoot stated her health department determined that the spike in COVID is due to private gatherings and partying, not businesses.” — Paul Olson

“He needs to shut the schools as well and make this a mandate, not an option.” — Michael Sullivan

“No one wants or likes the restrictions, no one wants this virus. But just go to a hospital, and see how sick people are getting and how overwhelmed many healthcare systems are getting. Maybe for a short time we can endure this and save some lives.” — Pam Atchley Baker

“More restaurants will suffer & permanently close as well as tons of other small businesses.” — Phil Hardison

“He is overstepping his power. It’s up to people who they want to gather with.” — Teresa Rohdemann Hadden

“If you’re worried about it, stay home.” — Karen Candiotti-Dombrowski

“He’s got to do what needs to be done because nobody is listening in first place, that’s why it’s so bad.” — Shaun Fisher

“Why are we destroying so many lives and limiting so much liberty for a virus that has such a high survivability rate? I cannot believe this is America anymore.” — Laura Curtis

“He obviously thinks Illinois residents are too dumb to make decisions on their own!” — Ken Butt