Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new 30-day stay-at-home advisory as COVID-19 cases have escalated in the city and the state of Illinois. Effective Monday, private gatherings are restricted to 10 people. Mayor Lightfoot has urged everyone to cancel all traditional Thanksgiving plans, stop having guests over who do not live in the home, and avoid non-essential out-of-state travel.
It doesn’t look like a full lockdown of all businesses — at least not yet — as the Chicago Sun-Times writes that “Fitness clubs, retail stores, hairdressers, barber shops and movie theaters that have their own capacity mandates are not impacted by the 10-person limit.”
Two weeks ago, Mayor Lightfoot urged Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker not to shut down indoor dining, but he did it anyway.
I live in Chicago and am galled that this lockdown order comes from Mayor Lightfoot less than a week after she celebrated the news that networks called the presidency for Joe Biden in crowded streets. She was speaking into a bullhorn, with lots of people around her, and she was not wearing a mask:
— Lori Lightfoot (@LoriLightfoot) November 8, 2020
This isn’t a Republican or Democrat thing. I voted for Joe Biden, and I was happy about the news on Saturday too. Even if most of the people in the outdoors crowd were wearing masks around her, what message does it send that this gathering is okay, but now she says we can’t see our parents for Thanksgiving?
It’s okay for crowds to celebrate President Trump losing — and Mayor Lightfoot shared the video of it to her 262K followers herself — but not to gather for Thanksgiving with masks and social distancing. Now that’s a super pretzel.