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It’ll Be 75 With Sun This Weekend, But Lightfoot Wants Chicagoans To Stay Home

There will be nice weather in Chicago this weekend, but officials have warned people need to practice social distancing amid the pandemic.

Michaella DeVetter and Alicia Oesterreich walk their dogs in Humboldt Park on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Chicago will finally get warm weather and sun this weekend after a string of rainy, gray days.

But Mayor Lori Lightfoot already warned people: Stay home and practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday will only get as warm as 57 degrees with cloudy skies, but Saturday and Sunday will be much hotter.

Saturday’s expected to hit 75 degrees with a partly sunny sky, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday will get as warm as 65 and be mostly sunny, though there’s a small chance for rain in the morning.

While Chicago is flattening its curve, the city is still seeing a growing number of coronavirus cases and deaths. That needs to change before Gov. JB Pritzker can lift the stay at home order, the city can reopen the lakefront and people can gather, officials have said.

“We’re making progress, no doubt, but we’re not there yet,” Lightfoot said Thursday. “It’s supposed to be very warm this weekend, which presents challenges and opportunities. But we’ve gotten to where we’ve gotten because people stayed home.”

It’s OK to go for a walk around the neighborhood or to visit an uncrowded park, officials have said.

But people do need to stay home as much as possible and, when going out, stay at least 6 feet away from other people, officials said. Chicagoans who are sick, even if they haven’t received a test to confirm their illness is coronavirus, are required to stay home.

And starting Friday, most people in Illinois are required to wear a mask or face covering when out in public and unable to practice social distancing, like on a crowded sidewalk or at a store.

Police have cleared out parks when they became crowded with people, and the lakefront and its adjacent parks remain closed.

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