Mayor Lori Lightfoot, along with the local Department of Health and the Department of Business and Consumer Protection, presented a new strategy in their attempt to contain the spike in COVID-19 cases in the city.
This is “Protect Chicago”, an initiative with which they seek to flatten the second contagion curve with specific messages and regulations. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, it seeks to curb the spread of the virus at a time when at least 1,000 more city residents are projected to die after contracting it before the close of 2020.
Among the specific measures that would take effect on November 16 at 6:00 am are an order to stay home unless the outings are to work, study, find basic goods or medical care. Still the instruction would be to maintain social distancing and always wear a mask while outside.
It also calls to totally avoid any gathering in the home that involves people who do not live in the house and asks to keep even close family and friends away. It also instructs to avoid non-essential trips out of state and, if the trip cannot be postponed, to undergo preventive quarantine depending on the state to which you go.
Additionally, non-essential businesses must be closed at 11:00 pm and they encouraged residents to use remote communication methods instead of the usual Thanksgiving gatherings, since social gatherings and events (outdoors and indoors) They are restricted to a maximum of 10 people.
This capacity limit applies to events such as weddings, birthday parties, business dinners / social events and funerals, and any place where a meeting or social event and party rooms are held.
Breakdown of Restrictions Going into Effect Monday, November 16:
• Leaving home only to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out or receiving deliveries. If you leave the home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and covering your face at all times.
• Do not have meetings in your home with anyone outside of your family (except essential personnel, such as healthcare workers or educators), not even with other family members outside your bubble or trusted friends.
• Avoid all non-essential out-of-state travel; If travel is essential, a quarantine or negative test is required prior to travel, depending on the traveler’s home state.
• Comply with city and state orders, including wearing face covers, limiting meetings, and requiring early closure of non-essential businesses by 11 pm
• Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces that others frequently touch if you go outside to get fresh air.
• Use remote communication modes like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family, especially on holidays like Thanksgiving.
Changes were also made to the city’s emergency travel order this week, shifting it from a quarantine requirement to the possibility of a negative test result that could replace a quarantine for travelers from certain states.
The city has now categorized the states on a color-coded map to determine what requirements are in effect for travelers.
The doctor of the UIC hospital, Marina Del Ríos warns that beds for patients with coronavirus are beginning to be scarce, that many of those infected are Hispanic and that they hope they will not have to deny assistance to people due to the maximum capacity.