The trails will open every day from 6 am to 7 pm with partial restrictions.
Get your running shoes on Chicagoans! The city continues with its cautious reopening with the partial reopening of the 606 and Lakefront trails today but you’ll have to “keep it moving”!
Both trails will be open every day from 6 am to 7 pm while beaches and parks East of Lake Shore Drive will remain closed. The trails will be open to exercise and transit only and no other recreational activities will be allowed. “At this time, the Chicago Park District will not allow congregating, gathering or use of park amenities, which includes but is not limited to, stationary activities, fitness classes, barbeques, beaches, and picnicking,” said the Mayor’s office in a statement.
Entrances to the trails will be closely monitored to prevent overcrowding with some of them remaining closed in order to control access to the trails. Those wishing to go on the trails will have to wear masks or face coverings at all times, practice social distancing and will have to keep moving at all times. Social Distancing Ambassadors will be stationed along the trail to “educate the public and manage the flow of traffic.”
Additionally, bars, breweries and taverns will be allowed to reopen for outdoor seating including “outdoor patios, rooftops, rooms with retractable roofs and indoor spaces where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels.”
“We are thrilled to be taking these long-awaited steps forward in reopening our city by safely bringing our bars back online with outside service, and, of course, taking our first, cautious move toward reopening our beloved lakefront,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a statement earlier last week.
As the city continues to open, bars, breweries and restaurants will be allowed to open for partial indoor seating later in the week, earlier than Chicagoans had expected.
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