Coronavirus Chicago: Lakefront could be closed again after ‘reckless’ behavior at Montrose Beach, warns Mayor Lori Lightfoot

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CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago’s lakefront was once again crowded this weekend as new cases of COVID-19 continue to surface in the city.RELATED: COVID-19 Cases In Illinois Pass 2K For Second Day In A RowMayor Lori Lightfoot threatened to close the lakeside again after visiting it in person on Saturday.

Large crowds were seen packed throughout the lakefront on Saturday afternoon. An ABC7 spectator shared the image of another large group of people, with no social distancing and many without face masks. Chicago police prevented several cars from entering Montrose Beach on Saturday as officers told future beach and park enthusiasts that it was closed. Crowds were also dispersed by the lake near Belmont after police began to clear the area.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made her own visit to Montrose Beach on Saturday, sharing a photo with a warning. She tweeted: “It’s called a pandemic, folks. This reckless behavior at Montrose Beach is what will cause us to close the parks and the lakeside. Don’t make us back down. ”

The mayor’s warning comes a day after the city gave permission to reopen 13 of Chicago’s lakeside restaurants. Since the beaches remain closed, guests will also need to stay away from the sand.

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Chicago health officials said last week that social gatherings were the main cause of the increase in the number of COVID cases in the city.

The mayor assured in a second post on social media that she would address the issue. Several square cars were seen patrolling the lakeside on Saturday evening.

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