Protesters at Queen's Parki on Saturday, April 25 demand an end to public health rules put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago restaurants will no longer provide indoor dining starting Friday, according to Governor JB Pritzker, who said the region’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the reason for the mitigation effort.

The news follows mitigation efforts set for suburban Cook County announced Monday by the governor.

Bars 

  • No indoor service
  • All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • All bar patrons should be seated at tables outside
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Restaurants 

  • No indoor dining or bar service
  • All outdoor dining closes at 11:00 p.m.
  • Outside dining tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings 

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity
  • No party buses
  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to 25 percent capacity, and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants, if applicable

The restrictions do not apply to schools or polling places.

The governor said he is well aware of what the mitigation efforts will do to the city’s restaurant community, already devastated by closures during the early stages of the pandemic.

SOURCE: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/10/27/indoor-dinning-banned-in-chicago-governor-cites-rising-covid-case-numbers/

As heard on The Hagmann Report