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  • Governor Pritzker Orders New Restrictions for City of Chicago

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    Governor Pritzker announced today that Chicago is joining six other Illinois regions under “enhanced mitigations” due to increasing COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations. The enhanced mitigations include prohibiting indoor drinking and dining, limiting gathering sizes to 25 people and imposing an 11PM curfew on bars and restaurants. Chicago has seen its number of new cases and its positivity rate skyrocket in recent weeks, triggering the new rules. The city's seven-day positivity rate has grown to 7.8 percent, and it’s seen seven days of hospital admissions increasing. Should the outbreak continue to worsen, additional restrictions could be imposed by the Governor.

    The State has placed Chicago under “Tier 1” restrictions:

    Tier 1 restrictions:
    Bars
    • No indoor service.
    • All outside bar service closes at 11 p.m. 
    • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside.
    • No ordering, seating or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed).
    • Tables should be 6 feet apart.
    • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
    • No dancing or standing indoors.
    • Reservations required for each party.
    • No seating of multiple parties at one table.
    Restaurants 
    • No indoor dining or bar service.
    • All outdoor dining closes at 11 p.m.
    • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart.
    • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting.
    • Reservations required for each party.
    • No seating of multiple parties at one table.
    Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 
    • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity.
    • No party buses.
    • Gaming and Casinos close at 11 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable.
    Some of these restrictions, or even stricter versions of them, have already been put in place by Mayor Lightfoot. As of last week, the city prohibited all liquor sales after 9PM and implemented a 10PM curfew for bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses.

    The Governor's full Press Release can be found 
    here
    Read more from Block Club Chicago and the Chicago Tribune.