Lightfoot Not Ready To Roll Back Restaurant Freedoms -- Yet

Craig Dellimore
July 13, 2020 - 4:47 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she not ready to tighten any of the city's recently relaxed rules on businesses re-opening, even though she’s not happy with some COVID-19 trends she’s seeing.

Statistics about coronavirus-related deaths and hospital capacity continue to trend in favorable directions. But the mayor said she’s worried about the number of younger adults who are getting infected.

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A number of states have seen surges in COVID-19 cases, and young people not taking the virus seriously enough is seen as a problem. Some states are going back to earlier restrictions.

Chicago bars and restaurants were recently granted the ability to serve customers indoors, with restrictions, after a stay-at-home order expired.

“I’m not going to take anything off the table,” Lightfoot said when asked about how she may respond. “I don’t think we’re at that point just yet. But I am deeply concerned because we’re starting to see this uptick. We’re starting to see an uptick in the number of daily cases.

“Deaths are going down, which is great. Most of our hospital indicators are great, which is good. But the case rate — the daily accumulation of cases — is something I’m definitely concerned about.”

The number of new cases of COVID-19 had been on a downward trajectory in Illinois, as were the number of deaths related to coronavirus. Last week, the numbers started creeping up again, though the state’s “positivity rate” was stable, around 2.5%.

On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Heath reported 883 new cases of coronavirus, including six deaths. The positivity rate, calculated from seven days’ of data, has increased slightly to 3%.