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Reopening plan for Chicago’s lakefront, bars unveiled

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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A new reopening plan for Chicago’s Lakefront and bars has been unveiled. With coronavirus stats seeming placid for now, all of Illinois is slowly but surely returning to its pre-COVID business schedule. This was reported by NBC Chicago within the last 24 hours. The Lakefront is scheduled to reopen on June 22. Citing NBC Chicago, beginning on June 22, the Lakefront Trail will be open from 6 am to 7pm daily.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot highlighted the opening-criteria on June 15. 

“Excited to share the news… our Lakefront Trail will be reopening on June 22 for exercise and transit!

To ensure we continue the progress we’ve made flattening the curve, Social Distancing Ambassadors will be along the route to ensure a safe experience for Chicagoans,” said Lightfoot in a tweet that posted at 2:08pm on June 15. This post was the caption to an official information poster from the Chicago city government. 

ABC 7 reported that Chicago’s bars, and breweries are set to reopen on Wednesday, June 17 ahead of the Lakefront Trail. There will be some conditions. Patrons of establishments must wear face coverings and alcohol sales must conclude at 11pm.

Millennium Park is also set to reopen, citing ABC 7. 

The plan to reopen the Lakefront came as new COVID-19 case numbers appear to be dwindling. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has since unveiled the contingencies for a Chicago reopening plan. One of the contingencies is a “keep it moving” policy where only walking, biking, running, skateboarding and other in-motion activities will be allowed. Implying that no gatherings or lingering will be tolerated by the City. 

Lori Lightfoot retweeted a post from her official Mayor Lori Lightfoot account within the last 22 hours. Her post announced that Chicagoans can now “go out” as she gave a video demonstration of where the approved areas are. 

“We each did our part to flatten the curve, and now we are slowly reopening the City. Let’s keep up the good work—let’s #BeSafeChicago. Thank you for being in this together,” Lighfoot captioned her video via tweet. 

The official city reopening Phase III guidelines are as follows:

“Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials, have developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase III: Cautiously Reopen. These guidelines are part of the city’s Be Safe Chicago framework that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19.

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Within Phase III, the following industries are opening first with specific safety guidelines:

  • Childcare centers and family childcare
  • Non-lakefront parks (no contact sports)
  • Libraries and other city services
  • Office-based jobs, professional services, and real estate services
  • Hotels / lodging
  • Outdoor attractions (e.g., boating – not including the Playpen, non-Lakefront golf courses)
  • Non-essential retail
  • Personal services (e.g., hair/nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors)
  • Restaurants and coffee shops (outdoor dining only)
  • Manufacturing, construction, and warehousing
  • Hospitals, dentists, community mental health centers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Public transit, regional transit, taxis and rideshare
  • Gyms (outdoor and 1:1 personal training only)
  • Places of worship

This was stated by Chicago.gov. 

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