Riverwalk, Lakefront, And 606 Trails Officially Close To Public

Sun-Times Media Wire
March 26, 2020 - 10:09 am
Lakefront Trail

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Thursday the closure of several public trails to stem the spread of COVID-19.

“More people will die if we don’t abide by this simple order,” Lightfoot said at a news conference.

The order shuts down the Lakefront and adjacent trails, green spaces and facilities. The order also prohibits contact sports, like basketball and football.

Violators will be issued tickets and may even face arrest, Lightfoot said.

“While our parks and other green spaces offer residents a brief respite during this stay at home order, we simply must take action to prevent the large gatherings that are putting our public health at risk,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

Earlier Thursday, Alderman Osterman announced the closure of the Lakefront Trail.

“Effective 8 a.m. today, Thursday, March 26, the Lakefront Trail, park, and beaches from Ardmore south is closed to public access,” Osterman said in an email to constituents. “This includes parkland east of Marine Drive, as well as Berger Park.”

Osterman said the order was put in place to ensure social distancing between individuals and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“This is a very serious health crisis we are in,” Osterman said. “I strongly ask you to follow this directive and stay off the lakefront.”

In his own letter, Ald. James Cappleman said the 606 Trail on the Northwest Side has also been closed.

“Starting today, all of Chicago’s lakefront with its adjoining parks will be closed to the public until further notice. In addition, all fieldhouses, all playlots, all school playgrounds, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the 606 Trail are now closed to the public,” Cappleman said Thursday in a newsletter.

On Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened to close the Lakefront Trail after throngs of people flocked to the trail.

“Way too many people gathering like it’s just another day,” the mayor said. “This is not just another day. And no day will be just another day until we are on the other side of this virus, which is weeks away.”

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