Chicago Mayor asks residents to cancel Thanksgiving plans and stay indoors as cases rise

first_imgChicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday asked all residents to cancel Thanksgiving plans and stay at home unless they need to go to work or school or to tend to essential needs like the doctor’s office or grocery store.Chicago said it was issuing the 30-day stay-at-home advisory, asking people to refrain from traveling, having guests in their home or leaving for non-essential business “in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city.” The announcement comes as the virus continues to rapidly spread across the state. Illinois hit a record high in average daily news cases Wednesday, with cases now up more than 60% compared to a week ago, according to CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. – Advertisement – Correction: This article was updated to reflect that Chicago issued a stay-at-home advisory. In this March 24, 2019 photo, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot participates in a candidate forum. Lightfoot won a runoff election April 2, 2019, to become the city’s first black female mayor.AP Photo | Teresa Crawford – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – The state reported more than 12,700 new cases Thursday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.Last last month, Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker announced Chicago bars and restaurants would no longer be allowed to serve customers indoors in an effort to control the coronavirus’ spread in the region. Gatherings would be also be limited to 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.- Advertisement –last_img

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