However, mayor expressed hope that Chicago would be ready to reopen them in June.
Despite Gov. JB Pritzker’s announcing that the state would allow the reopening of bars and restaurants for outdoor dining May 29, Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed that Chicago will not likely to do by that date.
Yesterday Pritzker announced that every region in the state was on track to transition into Phase 3 of his Restore Illinois reopening plan. While his initial plan didn’t see in-person dining becoming available until the state’s fourth phase, counseling with experts lead him to make the decision that the state was ready to reopen bars and restaurants for outdoor dining earlier than expected.
“With the right restrictions – tables six feet apart and away from sidewalks, masks and distancing measures for staff, and other precautions – the experts believe these services can open at a risk comparable to other outdoor activities and give businesses a much-needed boost,” the governor wrote on Facebook.
In his announcement, Pritzker said that the reopening of these amenities would be subject to local municipalities. As such, regions could choose at their discretion whether or not to reopen these facilities.
Earlier today, Mayor Lori Lightfoot cast doubt on Chicago’s ability to reopen before June.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot was ‘heartened’ by the governor’s announcement, but believes a more “robust” plan is necessary in order to safely allow for outdoor dining. The mayor expressed concern for a potential surge in cases:
“I’m very worried about a spike and a surge in cases when we do open back up.”
When questioned about reopening the lakefront, Lightfoot said that it would likely remain closed into June, but was looking into a phased reopening beset with restrictions and limitations in place.
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