Southern Illinois Becomes State's First Region To Resume Indoor Dining, Moves To Tier 1 Virus MitigationsThe move to Tier 1 mitigations for Southern Illinois comes just one day after the state loosened requirements to resume indoor dining and bar service.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Wants To Reopen Restaurants And Bars 'As Quickly As Possible' To Reduce Risk Of Underground PartiesLightfoot said she plans to have a conversation with Gov. JB Pritzker about how to begin rolling back virus mitigation efforts ASAP.
City Shuts Down Two Illegal Parties In River North For Violating COVID-19 RestrictionsCity officials busted two illegal parties in the River North neighborhood early Sunday for violating COVID-19 regulations, after finding large crowds gathering without masks or safe distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
City Shuts Down Illegal 142-Person Party In Wicker Park For Violating COVID-19 RestrictionsInvestigators found a line of people and a bouncer outside an event billed as the "Wicker Loft" on the second floor of a building at 1257 N. Milwaukee Av. early Saturday.
COVID-19 In Chicago: City Shuts Down Illegal Party After 300 Unmasked People Packed Basement In Wicker Park"It is incredibly disheartening to see some establishments continue to egregiously and blatantly disregard the guidelines and put our entire community at risk," Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareno said.
Gov. JB Pritzker Announces New COVID-19 Crackdown: Capacity Limits For Retail Stores; Museums, Theaters, And Casinos Required To Close“The more we can avoid gatherings now, especially indoors with the people we don’t already live with, the more likely we are to be able to celebrate the December holidays with less risk to our loved ones and ourselves,” Pritzker said.
Pritzker Says His Family 'Came Under Attack' Because Of Lies Against Them On Social Media; Will Spend Thanksgiving ApartThe governor explained that his wife and daughter will be staying in Florida indefinitely, because his daughter last week “came under attack in an attempt to have some political effect on me.”
Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions Take Effect In IndianaIn an effort to slow the spread in the state, new restrictions went into effect at midnight Sunday morning.
Coronavirus In Illinois: Another Record For New Cases; 10 Of 11 Regions Now Facing Extra COVID RestrictionsThe Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,943 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday, a new high. The previous record was 6,363 new cases reported on Thursday.
Pritzker Announces Indoor Dining Ban For West-Central Illinois; 9 Of 11 Regions Now Face Extra Restricitons: 'We Have A Real Problem On Our Hands'The governor said, starting Monday, Region 3 in west-central Illinois near Springfield will face tougher COVID-19 restrictions, after its average positivity rate surpassed 8% for three days in a row.
Lightfoot Extends Curfew For Bars And Restaurants Until 11 P.M. As Ban On Indoor Dining Begins FridayLightfoot's office said the city also will modify its liquor curfew, to allow on-site or to-go alcohol sales at bars and restaurants until 11 p.m.
Illinois Awards $46 Million From Second Round Of Grants To Help Small Businesses Struggling During PandemicGov. JB Pritzker said a program to help small businesses during the pandemic is now working more quickly to get money out.
'Incredible Timing': On Tour Brewing In West Town Got A Food License Just As City Brings Back COVID-19 Restrictions On BarsThroughout the pandemic, bars without food have faced tougher restrictions on indoor service than restaurants. So, ahead of the Chicago winter, On Tour applied for a retail food license last month, even though they don't have a kitchen.
'I'm Definitely Going To Be Staying Open': Some Suburban Restaurants Defying Governor's COVID-19 Restrictions"That's the thing we should do is leave it to the people. If the people want to come out, let them come out," Pete Mitchell's Bar and Grill owner Mike Comise said.
Unlike Illinois Youth Sport Restrictions, Kids In Indiana Can Play Ball, 'To Proceed As Planned'"It's sort of a recipe for disaster."