Earlier today, we discussed the fact that law enforcement agencies around the state of New York were simply refusing to comply with the Governor’s mandate that no more than ten people can attend a private Thanksgiving dinner with their family (or any other gathering) inside their private residence. These are not, however, the only places where the natives have become restless and begun to rise up against oppressive restrictions mandated in response to the novel coronavirus. Out in the Windy City and around the rest of the state, both the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago have issued another set of orders that essentially shut down most operations for bars and restaurants yet again. Still reeling from the previous shutdowns and teetering on the brink of fiscal collapse, some owners are telling CBS News that they will not be complying with the orders. For their businesses, it’s simply no longer an option and it’s become a matter of staying in operation or closing permanently.
Some restaurants and bars across Illinois are defying Gov. JB Pritzker’s orders banning indoor dining. It’s not because they don’t believe COVID-19 is real. They say if they shut down it will be for good this time.
Friday night the chefs at Tradycja in Orland Park were busy with carryout orders, but they were serving drinks and Polish food inside, too.
“It’s the worst year ever for me,” said Damian Piekarczyk, owner of Tradycja Polish Fusion Cuisine.
The owners made the executive decision to defy the governor’s executive order. The door remain open, and people are still dining in.
What Damian Piekarczyk is doing isn’t some act of “uprising” based on conspiracy theories or anything else of the kind. He freely admits that the virus is still lurking out there and the danger is real. But he also knows that people have to make up their own minds about what risks they are willing to take and what precautionary measures they wish to employ. He realizes that if he shuts down again, or even has to go to strictly takeout service, he’s going to go bankrupt and his eatery will not be able to reopen. And all of the jobs he provides will disappear along with his business.