Chicago Moves Into Phase-3 Reopening Today
When the rest of the state began Phase-3 reopening last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that Chicago wasn't ready yet.
Now, Chicago moves into Phase 3 of it’s COVID-19 reopening plan today, despite ongoing unrest over the death of George Floyd.
Phase-3 is part of the overall plan under which many businesses can open their doors with capacity restrictions and other preventative measures in place.
If you've been waiting for an opportunity to get into the Windy City for some of the things you've been missing during lockdown, here are some of the details, courtesy of WGN-TV News:
- Restaurants will only partially reopen for outdoor dining. Diners will be limited to six people, all sitting six-feet apart.
- The city is helping restaurants make room for more outdoor space by closing streets and putting up tents. Chicago’s “Our Streets” pilot program will close six roads in major commercial corridors, including Chatham, Lakeview, Little Village, Rush and Division, Near West Side and the West Loop.
- Businesses like non-essential retail stores, hair salons and nail salons will also reopen, with significantly reduced capacity.
- Office buildings can also open in Phase 3, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot suggests businesses use staggered start and end times so public transportation doesn’t get overcrowded. The mayor is also encouraging people to continue to work from home if possible.
- City services including parks, facilities and libraries will begin reopening on June 8 as well, offering additional services in light of recent unrest, according to a statement.
- The lakefront remains closed and gyms can’t fully reopen, although Lightfoot previously said they may allow them to reopen at some point during Phase 3.
- The city will also be working with local businesses to provide board-up services and other assistance as protests and unrest continues in the wake of the death of George Floyd.