Lightfoot Issues Stern Warning: No Crowds, Gatherings

Craig Dellimore
March 25, 2020 - 3:37 pm
Lori Lightfoot

(Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday said she’s prepared to shut down the lakefront and park lands if it will slow the spread of coronavirus in Chicago.

Mayor Lightfoot was clearly upset by seeing crowds of people at parks in defiance of Gov. Pritzker’s “stay at home” order, which lasts until at least April 8.

“Under no circumstances are you allowed to congregate,” she said. “And do not let the warming weather let your guard slip, like today.”

Close contact can spread the coronavirus, a threat that has effectively shut down much of the state and national economy. 

Interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck said he’s telling police commanders that the public-education period is over. 

“If people do not heed the warnings of our police department … then we’re going to start issuing citations.” 

Lightfoot said she’ll close down parks if it means stopping the pandemic.

Later Wednesday, police did crack down. At 5:54 p.m., officers started clearing people from beaches and the Lakefront Trail, beginning at Oak Street and heading north, after receiving reports about large crowds, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, citing Chicago police.