Chicago steps back to mitigate COVID-19 again restricting bars, fitness centers

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The City of Chicago will be stepping backwards in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 on Friday. The restrictions come as Chicago sees a rise in cases.

Steps to mitigate the virus include shutting off alcohol service indoors beginning Friday and limiting fitness classes indoors to 10 people. The new restrictions also include any services requiring the removal of masks, like shaves and facials.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was slow to reopen bars in Chicago on the advice of health experts, warning restrictions could be rolled back if cases spiked.

Full restrictions include:

  • Bars, taverns, breweries and other places that serve alcohol to be consumed on-site will no longer be able to serve customers indoors. Establishments that do not serve food can serve customers outdoors. Restaurants that serve alcohol can continue to operate.
  • The maximum party size at tables for restaurants and bars has been lowered to six people
  • There is a maximum of 10 people allowed at indoor fitness classes
  • Personal services that require face masks to be removed, such as shaves or facials, will not be allowed
  • Residential property managers are being asked to limit guest entry to five people per-unit to avoid indoor gatherings and parties

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