Chicago issues new COVID-19 restrictions before Thanksgiving

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A man walks past a coffee shop as the store displays information signs in Chicago, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged residents in the nation’s third-largest city to restrict social gatherings to 10 people, part of a renewed push announced Thursday to fight a COVID-19 surge. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged residents in the nation’s third-largest city to restrict social gatherings to 10 people. It’s part of a renewed push announced Thursday to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The restrictions take effect Monday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is urging people to stay home except for essential reasons, like grocery shopping.

Lightfoot said Thursday that city residents must work to counteract the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases, including canceling traditional Thanksgiving plans to gather with friends and family.  

A month ago, Chicago reported 500 daily cases on average. The city is now averaging roughly 1,900 daily cases.

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