Chicago Faces New Covid-19 Lockdown Measures

With a rising number of Covid-19 cases in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is now issuing stay-at-home restrictions and asking residents to curtail their holiday plans, according to ABC7 News.

“You must cancel normal Thanksgiving plans, particularly if they include guests that do not live in your immediate household,” Mayor Lightfoot said.

City officials say the city is simply not prepared to withstand the current surge in Covid-19 cases. As a result, Chicago will now have a 30-day stay-at-home advisory, according to CNBC. Mayor Lightfoot said exceptions will only be made for local residents who have to report to work, go to school, or go to a doctor’s appointment. Grocery shopping is also considered to be an essential task.

Mayor Lightfoot said the order is a matter of life or death. If action is not taken now, she said at least 1,000 more local residents could die by the end of the year, according to WGN News.

The entire state of Illinois is seeing a recent uptick in Covid-19 cases. Illinois hit a record in its average of daily new cases on Wednesday. Cases have now climbed up more than 60 percent compared to a week ago, according to Johns Hopkins University. The state reported more than 12,000 new cases on Thursday which was a third consecutive day of record increases, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker said last month he was prohibiting bars and restaurants in Chicago from serving customers indoors for the immediate future as a result of the rising cases.