Chicagoans may be able to eat indoors again starting next week...woohoo! Of course with some restrictions still in place:
Chicago should resume indoor dining “within a week,” according to the city’s top doctor. During a Thursday morning news conference, Chicago Public Health Department Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady said indoor dining would resume soon, though she couldn’t provide a specific date. When indoor dining returns to Chicago, Arwady said the city will remain cautious enforcing a four-person maximum at tables with a 25 percent overall capacity limit indoors.
Arwady praised how the city and state has done a better job in battling COVID-19 and that’s allowed government officials to loosen restrictions. The state has already given two suburban counties — Will and Kankakee — its approval to resume indoor dining. On Thursday morning, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Region 7 (as designated in the state’s pandemic recovery plan) had met the COVID-19 criteria that would allow for indoor dining at a maximum 25 percent capacity.
This is great news!