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Lightfoot Explains Why Chicago's Stay-at-Home Advisory Was Extended

The city's stay-at-home advisory was extended through Jan. 22 as the coronavirus pandemic continues, officials announced Sunday

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot extended the city's stay-at-home advisory to remain "aligned" with state guidance, she said Monday.

The city's stay-at-home advisory was extended through Jan. 22 as the coronavirus pandemic continues, officials announced Sunday.

"We extended it to make sure that it was aligned with I think what the state was doing, but we are making significant progress," Lightfoot said during an unrelated press event Monday. "We have been coming back down even through Thanksgiving and then Christmas and New Year's so we are making steady progress overall so the advisory is really about making sure that we're doing everything that we can to give people the best information."

Lightfoot noted that while some questioned why the order's extension came at the same time Chicago Public Schools began bringing some students back to classrooms, anyone attending school or leaving for essential purposes, including teaching, was exempt "from the very beginning."

Chicago's top doctor echoed that claim.

"We specifically say people who are going to work who are going to school or who are performing other essential activities should continue to do so," Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said, adding that the city continues to make "very good progress."

In mid-November, Chicago issued the advisory in response to the second surge of the coronavirus pandemic.

The measure, which was issued among other restrictions, "calls on all Chicagoans to follow clear measures to protect their community and help us flatten the curve."

According to the city, "residents are strongly advised to adhere to the advisory."

Chicago has issued a stay-at-home advisory as the city reaches a "critical point" in the second surge of its coronavirus pandemic. Watch Mayor Lori Lightfoot's full announcement here.

Here's what is included in the advisory, according to information provided by the city of Chicago:

• Avoid all non-essential, out-of-state travel; if travel is essential, quarantining or testing negative prior to travel is required, depending on which state a traveler is originating from.  

• Indoor gatherings within private residences cannot exceed six non-household members

• Per Illinois Gov. Pritzker's executive order, all restaurants and bars must suspend indoor dining and service

• Non-essential businesses must be closed to the public between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Bars, restaurants and other establishments with a Tavern or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license can sell alcohol onsite or to-go until 11 p.m.

• Residents who exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms must shelter in their place of residence.

  • Places of Worship - Must limit each indoor space to 50 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 40% capacity (whichever is fewer). However, special events such as weddings, wakes, potlucks and other community events can have no more than 10 individuals. It is also recommended that regular services operate at no more than 10 individuals, when possible. Funerals are limited to 10 family members of the decedent, not including staff.
  • Retail Stores - Must limit capacity to 25%, including general merchandise stores, “big box” stores that offer groceries and pharmacy and convenience stores. Grocery stores and pharmacies may continue to operate at up to 50% capacity.
  • Health and Fitness Centers - Must limit indoor use to a maximum of 25% capacity, with gatherings limited to 50 individuals while practicing social distancing. Indoor fitness classes must cease. Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity with group activities limited to 10 people or fewer. Locker rooms should be closed, as well as other ancillary accommodations in which social distancing is not possible such as saunas and steam rooms.
  • Personal Services such as hair salons, barbershops and nail salons must limit each indoor space to 25 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 25% capacity (whichever is fewer). Services that require the removal of face coverings must cease (e.g., facials, beard trimmings).
  • Performance venues, Movie Theaters, Museums, and Indoor Recreation Centers (e.g., bowling alleys, arcades) - Must cease all indoor operations. If the facility has an outdoor component, limit each outdoor space to a maximum of 100 individuals, while practicing social distancing, or 25% capacity, whichever is fewer. Outdoor group activities must be limited to 10 individuals or fewer.
  • Hotels - Must limit gatherings in common spaces such as the lobby area to 25% capacity, with no more than 50 individuals in the same area at any given time. Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only. Fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model, with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room. Event and meeting spaces must be closed.
  • Commercial buildings with employees who can work remotely should work remotely. If remote work is not possible, limit capacity to 25% for all indoor spaces, including tenant spaces.

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