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Pritzker Bans Indoor Drinking and Dining in Chicago Starting Oct. 30

Carly Behm | The PhoenixIllinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will ban indoor drinking and dining starting Oct. 30.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is stepping in to attempt to curb rising COVID-19 cases in the city by announcing new restrictions in Chicago. 

These restrictions will take effect Friday, Oct. 30, according to a press release from the governor — halting any plans for dining or drinking inside on Halloween. 

There will be no indoor service at bars or restaurants, the governor announced, meaning anyone looking for a night out will also have to bundle up. 

Bars and restaurants will have to close at 11 p.m. every night and patrons have to call ahead for a reservation before going out, Pritzker said. 

“Based on current trends, we could soon face reduced hospital bed availability and overwhelming our health care systems,” Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Department of Public Health director, said in the release. “Please, for our health care workers, yourself, and your community, keep distance between you and others, wash your hands, and always wear a mask when around people.”

These restrictions come as Chicago continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases. The current positivity rate has risen to 7.4 percent from the prior week’s 5.4 percent, according to the city’s COVID-19 dashboard

The city currently sees an average of 797 new COVID-19 infections per day, and that number is on the rise, according to the dashboard

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