CHICAGO — The city hopes to reopen its lakefront “soon,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday.
The mayor, speaking during a press conference, said she hopes to give an announcement “very soon” on how and when the city will reopen the lakefront.
Beaches and lakeside parks have been closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lightfoot said she’d seen crowding in the area — something that could lead to spread of COVID-19.
“I’m hoping to be able to announce the reopening of the lakefront relatively soon with a plan toward safely minimizing crowding and, really, having some designated times for particular activities along the lakefront,” Lightfoot said. “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to announce something very soon.”
The city’s begun opening back up in other ways. Chicago is now in Phase 3 of its reopening plan, meaning non-essential stores can reopen, restaurants can serve outdoor diners and people can gather in groups of 10 or less.
Navy Pier announced it will reopen some of its attractions starting next week.
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