Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today a business curfew will begin Friday in the city of Chicago.
On Monday, the Mayor warned residents that some coronavirus restrictions could return in Chicago if the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continue to rise.
City health officials said cases have risen by more than 50 percent over the past two weeks, increasing at a rate last seen in March and April. The 7-day average of cases has continued to rise, reaching 645 cases per day as of October 20, the highest level seen since late May.
Lightfoot said, “The data is clear – we are now in a second surge of COVID-19 and I am extremely concerned, now is the time to double down on what we know works and come together as a city to flatten the curve once again. If we need to take further steps and move back into phase 3, or even going back to shelter-in-place, I’m not going to hesitate to do that.”
Citing a “surge” in coronavirus cases in the city of Chicago, Lightfoot said indoor bar services will be suspended and non-essential business will close nightly at 10 p.m.
Liquor sales will end at 9 p.m. Gatherings will be limited to six people or less.
The following updates are:
- Business curfew on non-essential businesses beginning at 10:00PM
- In effect nightly from 10:00 PM-6:00 AM
- Last call for serving liquor at 9:00 PM
- Take-out and curb-side pick-up at restaurants still permitted
- Bars, breweries, and taverns without a food license are prohibited from operating any indoor service
- Increased emphasis of current guidelines
- Max. 6 people in your personal bubble (e.g., no household gatherings >6 people of non-household members)
- Face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public settings
The restrictions will be in place for two weeks.