Governor Pritzker has announced some new restrictions for parts of Cook County when it comes to indoor dining due to rising Coronavirus cases:
Another indoor dining ban is creeping closer to Chicago, as restaurants in suburban Cook County will have to stop serving on-premise customers starting on Wednesday. State lawmakers made the announcement Monday morning via a news release, citing increased hospitalizations and positivity rates in the region.
The area’s seven-day rolling rate has surpassed 8 percent for three consecutive days. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said last week said if the city hits 8 percent that they’d suspend indoor service in Chicago.
But, for now, the city is focused on its budget hearings and there’s no word of an impending announcement, as the city’s rate hovers near 7 percent. The state’s newest announcement affects towns like Schaumburg, Palatine, Oak Lawn, and Orland Park. Last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced indoor dining bans for bars and restaurants in four counties, including DuPage. Chicago waited until later in the week to follow suit with bars.