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.”
We’ve lowered our daily COVID-19 case rate, so updated reopening guidelines are going into effect on Thursday.
?? 15 person fitness class max
? Bars open at 25% capacity
? Other indoor establishments at 40%
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— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) September 28, 2020
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.