March 27, 2020
Mayor Lori Lightfoot shut down Chicago’s Lakefront, Riverwalk and 606 trails, closing these spaces to the public until further notice. The mayor issued the order Thursday, to enforce state mandates discouraging large gatherings while the coronavirus pandemic runs its course.
The order provides guidance for residents to practice social distancing during recreational activities, such as walking, running or cycling. It also prohibits contact sports, like basketball and football.
“While our parks and other green spaces offer residents a brief respite during this stay at home order, we simply must take action to prevent the large gatherings that are putting our public health at risk,” said Lightfoot.
“As we work tirelessly to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we need people to stay at home as much as possible.“
To ensure compliance with the order, Chicago police and Park District security will continue to patrol the lakefront.
Pictured: Lakefront Trail. Photo credit: Alanscottwalker/Wikipedia.
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