COVID and Chicago

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We know how stressful it is that our activities in everyday life continue changing from one day to the next because of the circumstances. Whether you live in the city or are planning a visit, to keep us all safe, here is an update on the latest regarding the pandemic in Chicago. 

The state of Illinois has seen a record breaking increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Health officials reported 12,000 new infections across the state. 

In an effort to decrease this number, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced a stay-at-home advisory for the city of Chicago. 

The advisory will go into effect on Nov 16., and will remain standing for 30 days unless the Commissioner of Health determines a change that is safe for all. The city is advising residents to only leave homes to go to work or school and for essential needs such as grocery shopping, pharmacies or medical needs. 

The city will also be imposing restrictions on meetings and social gatherings to 10 people or less and strongly advise residents not to have guests in their homes and to cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations.

In addition, the city continues to require all residents to practice social distancing while wearing a mask covering at all times, to not hold any gatherings at home with anyone that is not from your household, and to avoid all non-essential travel. 

The health commissioner and mayor emphasize that if Chicagoans and their establishments don’t follow the guidelines the city could have up to 1,000 casualties by the end of the year. For more information, you can visit the city’s website.

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