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Chicago Issues Business Curfew as Cases, Hospitalizations Surge

  • Non-essential business curfew starts Friday for two weeks
  • Over last week cases have risen by 54% to over 640 per day
Lori Lightfoot
Lori LightfootPhotographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Chicago will implement a night-time curfew for non-essential businesses starting on Friday for at least two weeks to try to stop the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Thursday.

A curfew will be in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all non-essential businesses, and bars without a license to sell food will no longer be able to serve customers indoors, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. All Chicagoans also are being asked to avoid social gatherings of more than six people and end them by 10 p.m. amid the city’s “second surge.”