COVID-19 cases rise Lightfoot announces business curfew

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.

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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.

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