Residents of the Windy City must be feeling like they’re starring in a very less funny version of Groundhog Day at this point. Having already trudged down this road in the spring and again during the summer, yesterday Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that she was reinstating a 10 pm curfew and placing additional restrictions on bars and most restaurants in Chicago. This was purportedly done in response to a new surge in COVID-19 cases around the city. The owners of bars without food licenses were particularly hard hit, with many of them having spent huge amounts of money to comply with new social distancing requirements so they could legally reopen after the last round of shutdowns. And just in case there was too much grumbling, Lightfoot warned everyone that if she has to take the city all the way back to the original phase one total lockdown, that’s what she’s going to do. (ABC7 News, Chicago)
New Chicago COVID-19 restrictions, including a business curfew and a ban on indoor service for bars without a food license, take effect Friday.
The action from Mayor Lori Lightfoot comes days after a warning about surging COVID-19 cases in the city, with the average number of daily cases approaching 700.
As part of the new rules, bars without food licenses again cannot have indoor service. All liquor sales at all establishments must end at 9 p.m.
Non-essential businesses must close from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and take-out restaurants, will be allowed to operate.
On top of those restrictions for bars and eateries, the Mayor told the city’s residents to not gather in groups larger than six, and all social gatherings after 10 pm were to be verboten.