Monday, April 5, 2021

Cook County officials warn of tightened restrictions amid COVID-19 case spike

From WGN:

COOK COUNTY, Ill. – Cook County Public Health officials are warning residents that additional coronavirus restrictions could return in a matter of days as case numbers and other key measures continue to rise.  

The threat could mean restaurants in the city and the suburbs would once again be dealing with reduced capacities and limitations. A decision about new restrictions is expected in the coming days.

Business owner Pat Fowler told WGN it was business as usual Sunday for his popular Evanston-area restaurant, Firehouse Grill. A 60-degree sunny day brought a steady stream of customers to the outdoor patio.   

“We’ve been totally full outside all day, so that’s been great and people are excited to be out,” he said. “It’s super nice weather and people are enjoying themselves.”

But just as Illinois restaurants and businesses are bouncing back from months of restrictions amid a growing number of people getting vaccinated, health officials warn of a possible ‘third wave’ of COVID-19.

The possibility is alarming for Fowler.

“It’s always disappointing to hear more restrictions might be placed on us, but for us, the health and safety of our employees and our customers is the most important thing to me,” Fowler said. “So, if that’s what we need to do to put an end to this pandemic, we’re more than happy to do it.”

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