CHICAGO – A nightly curfew put in place after the death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests is no longer effect in Chicago and other municipalities, local officials said Sunday.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday the curfew is lifted effective immediately.
“I know this time in our city and our country has been difficult for us all, and I’m grateful to our residents for working together to navigate this challenging time,” the mayor said in a tweet.
One additional benefit of the curfew being lifted Sunday: bars and restaurants which recently reopened for outdoor diners can stay open later. The 9 p.m. curfew was put in place May 30, before the city moved on to Phase 3 on June 3.
Depending on their license, sidewalk cafes can stay open until 12 a.m. and those with liquor licenses can serve customers on-premise until 11 p.m. Liquor sold for carry-out or at stores must still stop sales at 9 p.m.
Officials in Aurora said Sunday that their curfew set to take effect at 10 p.m. Sunday has also been lifted.
The curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. was put into place last weekend following property damage and looting. Earlier Sunday, the city restored CTA service and street access to the Loop.
On Saturday, thousands of peaceful protesters marched from Union Park to Seward Park to protest police brutality. Later on in the evening, a large group marched through the Northwest Side to Humboldt Park. Chicago police said there have been no arrests this weekend related to the protests.
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