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Chicago Issues New Restrictions As COVID-19 Cases Surge
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced new stay-at-home orders that will go into effect on Monday, Nov. 16.
The mayor’s announcement comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city.
Under the new advisory, gatherings held inside private residences will be limited to six non-household members and limiting meetings and social events to 10 people or less.
“If changes are not made by Chicago residents, businesses, and visitors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the city is on track to lose 1,000 more Chicagoans by the end of the year or even more,” Lightfoot said in a statement.
Failure to comply with limiting capacity in private residences could cost you.
“The city has the authority to fine individuals for breaking this requirement and hosting large social gatherings in their private residences,” officials said in a statement.
City leaders are also advising residents to only leave home for work, school, or essential needs, including the doctor’s office, grocery shopping, picking up food, or receiving deliveries.
The advisory also suggests:
- Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering at all times.
- Not hold any gatherings at home with anyone outside their household, “even with trusted family or friends;” use remote communication for the holidays.
- Avoid all non-essential and out-of-state travel, following the travel guidelines if travel is necessary
The advisory will remain in place for 30 days or until the Commissioner of Health determines a change to the guidance is appropriate.
Illinois has witnessed a record increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Health officials reported more than 12,000 new infections across the state.