Democrats: Want To Reopen Restaurants And Bars ‘As Quickly As Possible’ Now

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Wants To Reopen Restaurants And Bars ‘As Quickly As Possible’ To Reduce Risk Of Underground Parties

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday said Chicago restaurants and bars need to be allowed to reopen “as quickly as possible” not just to help those businesses survive, but also to cut down on instances of private parties where people don’t take proper precautions against COVID-19.

Under the state’s virus mitigation plan, Chicago’s restaurants and bars were forced to halt indoor service in late October. While Gov. JB Pritzker has said some regions of the state can begin rolling back some COVID-19 restrictions starting Friday if they meet certain virus thresholds, reopening of indoor dining wouldn’t happen until each region moves back at least three more phases, and Chicago is not yet on track to begin easing restrictions.

Thursday morning, Lightfoot said she plans to have a conversation with Gov. JB Pritzker about how to begin rolling back virus mitigation efforts ASAP.

“I want to get our restaurants and bars reopened as quickly as possible,” she said.

Alfonso Jose Castillo, owner of Americanos, said his business will not survive if things continue as they are.

“We’re built to have people sitting inside, so if you take that away I don’t know how we’l manage,” he said.

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Cuomo lets indoor dining resume in most of the state

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing restaurants in most of the state to resume indoor dining, following a court decision that allowed some restaurants in the Buffalo area to reopen.

Restaurants in areas which the state has designated as “orange zones” face restrictive rules that include a ban on eating inside. Nearly 100 Erie County establishments challenged this designation in court. A state judge sided with them on Wednesday, finding that the state has offered no “rational basis” for continuing the harsher restrictions while not imposing them on other parts of the state with higher hospitalization rates. The judges’ action allowed these restaurants to operate temporarily under the less-restrictive “yellow zone” designation that allows for 50 percent capacity.


Open for business: Minnesotans return to dining rooms and bars closed to slow coronavirus spread

Minnesota’s bars and restaurant dining rooms opened back up Monday — with capacity restrictions — after a long winter and amid the backdrop that vaccinations have begun to battle the coronavirus.

And for some people, that meant getting back to fully supporting their favorite businesses that have been struggling since the onset of the pandemic and all the starts and stops — the latest being the shutdown of indoor dining on Nov. 20.

But others might have to wait a bit longer as many restaurateurs are taking a cautious approach and pushing back when they will open the doors, whether it’s because of financial reasons, lingering worries about the virus — or both.


Bars and restaurants to re-open on Feb. 1, according to MLBA

Bars and restaurants in Michigan are set to re-open on Feb. 1, according to the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association’s (MLBA) Facebook page.

The MLBA was told by the Governor that the news will formally announce the news tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 13).