CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday that indoor dining and bar service will be suspended in Chicago on Friday due to rising COVID-19 cases – just a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot talked with CBS 2 about the timetable for tightening restrictions.
In a wide-ranging interview, Kozlov asked the mayor, “You’re not like 24 hours away from, for instance, banning indoor dining again in the city?”
“No, we would give a lot more notice if we were going to do something like that,” Lightfoot said on Monday.
But that was, in fact, about 24 hours away from an announcement that tighter mitigation efforts will go into effect for the city of Chicago effective Friday.
“Region 11 is now averaging more than twice as many COVID-related hospital admissions per day as it was a month ago, with a positivity rate that has almost doubled since the beginning of October,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “So, starting on Friday the city, too, will begin operating under our resurgence metrics, with a closure of indoor restaurant and bar service and a restrained gathering cap limit of 25 people. We can’t ignore what is happening around us – because without action, this could look worse than anything we saw in the spring. So please, no matter where you live, what your politics are, where you work or who you love: Illinois: mask up! And we’ll get through this together.”
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady earlier said, while she would support the governor if he did move forward with enhanced mitigations for Chicago, she said, “obviously, I’m concerned.”
On Tuesday afternoon, the Mayor’s office would not say if Gov. Pritzker had given Mayor Lightfoot a heads up about the announcement of new restrictions in Chicago. But Mayor Lightfoot did issue the following statement:
“Communication is the key to navigating through this crisis. We will continue our efforts to engage with the Governor and his team to better understand their metrics so that we can forge targeted solutions to address the public health challenges here in Chicago and across the state. The Governor and I are aligned that we need residents to mask-up and follow the City and State’s health guidance in order to reverse these recent troubling trends, but we must remain in lockstep when it comes to the rollout of new restrictions. Even amid the pandemic, I urge residents to continue to find ways to support our small businesses and their local communities.”
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