China News Agency, Houston, September 28. Due to the improvement of the new crown epidemic in Chicago, the mayor of the city announced on the 28th to relax restrictions on commercial establishments such as bars, restaurants, gyms, and beauty salons.
According to ABC reports, the Chicago Mayor’s Office issued a statement that day that the city will enter the fourth phase of economic restart.
The latest guidance on the prevention and control of the new crown epidemic shows that the government has relaxed the restrictions on the number of people in commercial establishments such as restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and beauty salons, allowing up to 50 people in a single space.
The maximum passenger capacity of restaurants, gyms, etc. has been increased from 25% to 40%.
The new rules will take effect on October 1.
On September 23, local time, a store in Manhattan, New York City launched a "bubble tent" to increase the social distance between customers.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightford said that due to the improvement of the new crown epidemic in Chicago in the past month, the infection rate and the number of hospitalizations have decreased, the government has decided to gradually relax the restrictions on epidemic prevention and control.
Alison Awadi, director of the Chicago Department of Public Health, urged people to continue to follow public health guidelines, wear masks, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, and isolate at home when sick, otherwise the new crown epidemic may still rebound.
Sam Toya, chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association, said that the increase in passenger capacity means more job opportunities.
The government's relaxation of restrictions on the number of people in commercial establishments such as restaurants is an important step towards economic recovery.
Since the Chicago government allowed restaurants to reopen, the city has issued a number of permits, including allowing guests to dine outside the restaurant and allowing outdoor dining to be extended to public areas such as sidewalks.
In addition, as the temperature in Chicago began to drop, the city recently issued the latest autumn and winter diet guidelines, allowing restaurants to set up tents outdoors, and requiring the structure of these temporary facilities to ensure adequate ventilation.
According to data released by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 6 pm Eastern time on September 28, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new crown in the United States has exceeded 7.14 million, and the number of confirmed cases in Chicago has exceeded 79,000.