But Walters and a group of other Chicago restaurateurs say they shouldn’t have to do this.
“It’s time for the city to stop using scapegoats for the virus,” said Roger Romanelli, of the Fulton Market Association.
The Fulton Market Association highlights statistics they just got from the city thanks to the Freedom of Information Act which suggests that only around 3% of COVID-19 patients the city was able to track for a period three months could be allocated to a restaurant visit. . The city’s data, however, included less than a third of those with COVID-19.
Restaurant owners are now asking the mayor to reopen the restaurants inside.
“I’m looking to shut down if the interior isn’t restored to 25%,” said Jodi Agee, Jefferson Tap.
Walters said he thinks his restaurant is safer than most homes.
“We are the gold standard of security,” he said.
Lightfoot recently announced a $ 10 million hospitality grant program to provide emergency aid to restaurants, bars and their employees, as well as an initiative called Takeout Chicago Campaign to try and get residents to order take-out during the winter to help keep restaurants open. .
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