New Coronavirus Restrictions Take Effect in Chicago Today

New Coronavirus restrictions take effect in Chicago on Friday:

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the new restrictions during a Thursday briefing. The newest restrictions, which take effect at 6 a.m. Friday and continue for at least two weeks, include:

  • Business curfew on non-essential businesses beginning at 10 p.m.
  • In effect nightly from 10 p.m. -6 a.m.
  • Last call for serving liquor at 9 p.m.
  • Take-out and curb-side pick-up at restaurants still permitted
  • Bars, breweries, and tavernswithout a food license are prohibited from operating any indoor service
  • Increasedemphasisof current guidelines
  • Max. 6 people in your personal bubble(e.g., no household gatherings >6 people of non-household members)
  • Face coveringsin all indoor and outdoor public settings

The city warned that if the positivity rate increases above 8% for three straight days, the city will once again close indoor dining as well. Currently, the seven-day positivity rate is at 6.4%, marking a rise that health experts say can't be explained by an increase in testing.

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