The coronavirus continues to run rather rampant in Chicago, and as such, new regulations and advice have recently been issued by the city. Not everything is put forth as a law, but citizens are also strongly encouraged to follow recommendations in order to slow the spread of the virus, keep hospitals functioning, and ultimately save lives.
What precautions are currently recommended for Chicago citizens to slow the spread and stay safe from COVID-19?
Current Coronavirus Safety Recommendations in Chicago
Chicago has recently issued a new Stay at Home Advisory. Mayor Lightfoot, along with Chicago Commissioner of Health Dr. Allison Arwady, advise all residents to stay home in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Chicago. This order was issued on November 12th and is now effective (as of November 16th, 2020).
Residents are advised only to leave home to go to work or school, or for other essential needs. Essential needs could include things like getting medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food or receiving deliveries.
Are face masks currently required in Chicago?
Yes, if residents leave home, they must always wear a face covering. They should also practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others. These rules are in accordance with a previous executive order from the city, which stated that any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a mask is required to wear one when in a public space.
Is it okay to have guests in one’s private residence?
Individuals are strongly advised not to have any guests in their homes unless the guests are essential workers. Along these lines, traditional Thanksgiving celebrations should be canceled. This need not mean that Thanksgiving be a dull and dreary affair this year; like everything else, it should simply be approached and re-imagined with fresh creativity.