The rules for bars and restaurants selling alcohol in Chicago are changing.
In addition, the only county in Illinois not to have seen a coronavirus during the pandemic has so far reported its first positive test.
Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus crisis today (July 10):
No more Lakeview streets closed for outdoor dining this weekend
More Lakeview streets will join a city program to reduce traffic to make room for outside seating at restaurants this weekend, but this time things will be a little different.
Dine Out West Lakeview begins Friday and “takes the side streets along Southport Corridor and Lincoln Avenue to create an outdoor dining experience, similar to a dining hall.”
The area will offer up to 30 tables per business and diners can order take-out and eat out.
The pitches include:
- Cornelia and Southport (W. Cornelia Avenue, east of Southport Avenue to the nearest lane)
- Friday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Wellington and Lincoln (W. Wellington Avenue, west of Lincoln Avenue to the nearest lane)
- Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Field Museum announces reopening date and plans
The Field Museum in Chicago has announced plans to reopen this month.
The museum plans to reopen only from July 17 and will be open to the public on July 24, according to its website.
“Our top priority is to create a safe environment for all of our visitors and staff, while allowing you to reconnect with science and culture at the exhibits you know and love,” said a message on the website. “We have used CDC recommendations and guidelines from Illinois state museums to create our reopening policies and procedures. ”
The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Monday. Visitors will need to purchase tickets, which will provide a designated entry time.
Here is an overview of some of the new procedures implemented, according to the museum:
- Masks are compulsory for all staff and visitors, except for children under 2 years of age
- 144 hand disinfection stations are installed throughout the building
- Frequent and rigorous cleaning procedures follow CDC guidelines
- Floor markers help guide social distance and direct one-way walking trails
- Highly interactive exhibits or located in small spaces are temporarily closed
The floors will be marked throughout the museum to direct traffic and capacity will be limited to 25%, the museum said.
Archdiocese of Chicago Releases Fall School Reopening Plan
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced on Friday its plan to reopen schools in the fall, allowing students to return to classrooms for in-person instruction.
The plan includes measures such as mandatory face masks for students over 2 years of age, “cohorts” of students, temperature controls and the ability to continue learning online.
“We are living in an extraordinary time and we intend to reopen our school buildings safely to all families this fall,” said Dr. Jim Rigg, director of the Archdiocese of Catholic Schools in Chicago, in a statement. “Such a reopening required careful and diligent planning on the part of our school employees, as well as consultations with health professionals, state and local officials, educators, parents and others. We believe that teaching in person is the best way to benefit our students and we are committed to providing it in a safe manner. ”
More information on the plan can be found here.
Changes coming to Chicago Riverwalk as reopening continues
Changes arrive at the Chicago Riverwalk on Friday as the city reopens.
The Riverwalk will return to normal business hours, opening for leisure and business from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., city officials said. Sellers will also be allowed to stay open until 11 p.m.
“This comes after the city closely monitored the number of people using the Riverwalk each day and its current projections for use throughout the summer and determined that this was possible for these simultaneous operations,” said the mayor’s office in a press release.
Sellers will still be available by reservation, officials said.
Three suppliers will also reopen next week in the Riverwalk community market, including Batter & Berries, Chiya Chai Cafe and Shop Small Chicago. The city said other businesses “will gradually reopen throughout the summer.”
People will still have to wear face covers on the Riverwalk, officials said.
Chicago bars, alcohol restaurants must close before midnight, city says
Chicago bars and restaurants serving alcohol will now be required to close at midnight each evening, the city is expected to announce on Friday.
Mayor’s office says new Business and Consumer Protection regulations require any establishment serving alcohol to close before midnight to “prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago bars and restaurants ” Street curbside pickup and delivery can still take place after midnight, as long as customers do not enter or remain in an establishment, officials said.
The city already prohibits the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption after 11 p.m. and for off-site consumption at 9 p.m.
“Although the vast majority of establishments are complying with the regulations and taking important preventive measures, this directive will minimize the spread of COVID-19 by preventing nighttime gatherings that could occur after the closure of alcohol sales,” said the mayor’s office in a press release. .
Restaurants that do not have a liquor license will not be subject to the closure order.
Illinois County Gets First Reported Coronavirus Case
The coronavirus was confirmed in every county in Illinois after a small county west of Springfield reported its first case, months after the outbreak began.
Last week, a 66-year-old woman tested positive for the virus in Scott County and is believed to have recovered from her home, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Well, everyone was disappointed because we sort of liked being the only county without a case, a confirmed case,” said Rex McIntire, mayor of Winchester, the county seat. “But we also knew it was only a matter of time, so no shock or anything. ”
Out of 102 counties in the state, Scott County was the only one to have had no cases after Edgar County had its first case reported in May.
Many residents attribute the low number of cases to the size of the county – about 5,000 people – and the distance from congested urban areas.
Summer sports camps suspended at Lake Zurich high school due to coronavirus
Summer sports camps at the Lake Zurich high school were suspended after several student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19, according to a message to families posted on the school’s website.
Football, pumping and baseball camps started on Monday. It is not known how many student athletes have tested positive for the virus.
The Lake Zurich community school district 95 said after the completion of the first day of camp on Monday, several student athletes were tested and the positive results self-reported for the virus. In addition, the district reported that other students did not pass the temperature / health test to enter the camp, reported illness after attending one of the camps, and others were in contact. close with students who tested positive for COVID-19.
Public health officials said that all camp participants were asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
A total of 100 artists with ties from Windy City sing “Sweet Home Chicago”
A line-up of stars from Chicago and stars who made their Windy City debut came together for a new clip, performing the Blues anthem “Sweet Home Chicago”.
Featuring a group of over 100 participants, all closely linked to the Chicago art scene, the star video will raise funds for the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund to help the many Chicago area artists struggling with COVID-19. closures.
The impressive set of participants in the virtual video includes the winners of the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards and includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Belushi, Keegan-Michael Key, Jeff Perry, George Wendt, Joe Mantegna, Jessie Mueller, André De Shields, Alan Ruck, Rachel Barton Pine, Rhymefest, E. Faye Butler, Ramsey Lewis, Sandra Delgado, Jim Peterik, Lecy Goranson, Kurt Elling, Twista, Chef Rick Bayless, members of Joffrey Ballet, MADD Rhythms Tap Dance Collective and many others .
You can find instructions on how to donate to the cause at the end of the video here.