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Chicago is officially reopened, mayor says

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in Chicago on June 11.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in Chicago on June 11. WLS

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was met with cheers when she introduced the town is totally reopened.

The metropolis moved into Phase 5 of its reopening plan, which permits companies to function with out Covid-19 pointers.

“Meaning capacity limits gone, mask mandates not mandatory, and social distancing requirements lifted,” Lightfoot mentioned.

Masks stay required in some locations, per federal pointers, the mayor mentioned, together with on public transportation and in well being care amenities, faculties, shelters and correctional amenities. 

Those who aren’t vaccinated ought to nonetheless put on masks, the mayor mentioned.

“This time last year, our city was in a very different place,” Lightfoot mentioned. “And it’s been 15 months since Covid first came to our city, wreaked havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives, and forced us to grapple with feelings of fear, loss, grief, unlike anything we’d ever experienced before in our lifetime.”

The mayor acknowledged how a lot individuals have endured, telling them “now it’s time for you to get up, get out of the house this summer, and — fully and safely — and enjoy the events of the best city on the planet, our beloved city of Chicago.”

This morning, Lightfoot instructed CNN’s John Berman on New Day that the “economy is poised to come roaring back” with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions within the metropolis.

Her announcement comes because the state strikes into its ultimate section of the Restore Illinois plan. Gov. J.B. Pritzker mentioned the state will eradicate all capability limits and align masks necessities with these of the CDC’s pointers at this time.

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