Chicago tightens coronavirus restrictions as cases rise

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Chicago announced Monday that it will tighten coronavirus restrictions, including on bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services, as it experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases.The city the reinstatement of the restrictions, which will come into effect on Friday at 12:01 am, Comes as Chicago has seen an increase in its seven-day average of new cases, reaching more than 200 a day.

“Throughout the pandemic, data has guided every move the city makes, and the recent increase in cases as well as the surge in COVID-19 activity in other states across the country is concerning and has motivated this decision. to postpone the reopening in certain highs. -hazardous environments, “said a press release from Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and the Chicago Department of Health and the Department of Commercial Affairs and Consumer Protection.

The restrictions will prohibit indoor service at bars and other businesses that sell alcohol, but outdoor service will still be permitted. Restaurants will be allowed to serve indoors with a table of up to six people.

Indoor fitness classes will not be permitted for more than 10 people, and personal services requiring a person to remove a face mask, such as shaving and facials, will be limited. Managers of residential buildings are urged to allow only five guests per unit to avoid gatherings inside.

“We have made so much progress here in Chicago in containing the spread of the virus, protecting our health system and saving lives, and in general the virus remains under local control. But again we are seeing a steady increase in new cases, ”Lightfoot said in a statement. “While we are not near the peak of the pandemic earlier this year, neither of us want to go back, and we believe these restrictions will help limit the spread of the community.”

On Sunday, the average of seven days of new cases per day in Chicago reached 233. The city attributes the increase in cases “in part” to an increase in cases among people aged 18 to 29 who congregate in bars , restaurants, parks and lakefront. .

The press release also pointed to a higher percentage positive rate, or the percentage of people tested who receive positive results, after that number reduced for weeks.

The city confirmed 57,148 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, resulting in 2,727 deaths.

The restrictions also come as other parts of the country see an increase in coronavirus cases, leading the city to issue mandatory 14-day quarantines for those coming from States with increasing cases.



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