Chicago Mayor Lightfoot says city will ease COVID-19 restrictions in Oct.

Zach Strauss poses at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. The coronavirus pandemic has been especially hard on businesses that rely on ballpark traffic, eliminating crowds at major league games, and leading to rules that limit the amount of people they can have inside their doors at the same time. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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UPDATED 6:59 AM PT – Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Chicago is preparing to ease some of its coronavirus restrictions. On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the city will increase indoor capacity from 25 to 40-percent.

This includes businesses such as restaurants, fitness centers and non-essential retail stores. In the meantime, indoor seating in bars can reopen at 25-percent capacity.

The Democrat mayor said Chicago is taking a cautious approach to reopening.

“Our city has made sufficient progress in the fight against COVID-19 to ease some of the restrictions on our businesses, and give them more ability to grow and to earn revenue as we start to head into the winter months,” said Lightfoot. “What these new guidelines do not mean is that we are out of the throes of this disease, not so.”

Chicago officials went on to say they are ready to pull back from reopening if they see a spike in cases. The changes are expected to take effect October 1.

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