Illinois Governor JB Pritzker was asked about Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s comments that bars and restaurants are not the main source of infection in the city. He sternly reminded people on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic has devastating effects.
Pritzker’s decision to close indoor dining in Chicago and all areas of the state has aroused the anger of business owners who have suffered since the first round of restrictions in March. State officials said the decision was made due to the increase in positive rates during the “second surge” of the pandemic.
Lightfoot expressed opposition to Pritzker’s decision on Wednesday. She said restaurants “are the industry most affected”
On Friday, Illinois detected nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day record and the highest number of tests since the pandemic began. Pritzker said he will do everything he can to reduce the infection rate.
He said at a daily press conference on Friday: “…remind people that people are dying.” “We only found 6,900 people with the coronavirus. This is more than we have seen in the state… We are now The number of hospitalizations is rising. They are almost double what they were a few weeks ago.”
Pritzker said Thursday that there are many studies and articles about the outbreak in bars and restaurants, and that these establishments are “spreading.”
Several restaurants and suburbs in Illinois threatened to fight the new coronavirus restrictions, claiming that their businesses are safe and are being selected. Lexi Sutter report on NBC 5
Pritzker said: “I will fight this virus.” “We have to lower these numbers, you know why, so can we reopen bars and restaurants?”
But Lightfoot said that in Chicago, gatherings in private social venues (such as houses) are the main source of outbreaks, rather than bars and restaurants.
The mayor said: “If we see restaurants and bars as the source of the outbreak, as we have done on other occasions, we will actively solve these problems. We have not seen it yet.”
Lightfoot and the restaurant owner are not the only ones who are frustrated.
Republican lawmakers in Lakes and McHenry County will begin to increase restrictions on the coronavirus on Saturday. They said they would like to see data prove that restaurants are the main contributors to the spread of the coronavirus in the region.