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Pritzker bans indoor dining in Chicago, adds restrictions starting Friday; Lightfoot pushes back
CHICAGO — Illinois health officials announced additional restrictions including a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants and a limit on group sizes to 25 people or less are coming to Chicago starting Friday after a rise in COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations passed state limits.
According to data reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health Tuesday, Chicago posted increases in its 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate and hospital admissions for “COVID-19 like” illness over at least seven of the past 10 days, meeting the state’s criteria for additional mitigation measures to be put in place.
In a statement, Governor JB Pritzker said Chicago is now averaging more than twice as many COVID-related hospital admissions per day as it was a month ago while the positivity rate has almost doubled since the beginning of October.
“We can’t ignore what is happening around us – because without action, this could look worse than anything we saw in the spring,” Pritzker said.