Chicago to cautiously reopen in early June amid coronavirus pandemic, Lightfoot says

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CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday that Chicago will begin Phase 3 of reopening in early June amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mayor did not provide an exact date during her Friday afternoon press conference, but said officials are monitoring the data daily.

“I know have not having exact days is frustrating but we have to be smart and careful,” she said.

Among the businesses that will be preparing for reopening include: childcare and in-home family daycare, park facilities west of Lakeshore Drive, office space jobs, real estate services, hotel, lodging, barbershops, nail salons and hair salons.

Phase three will still require face coverings, social distancing and only ten or fewer people will allowed to gather.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced earlier this week that the state can begin Phase 3 of his Restore Illinois plan on May 29.

The mayor said that the virus isn’t going to magically disappear May 29 when the rest of the state moves into Phase 3. However, she said there’s cautious optimism.


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