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Bars, Restaurants Can Keep Selling Liquor Until 11 PM, And City’s Business Curfew Moved Back

The city's curfew for non-essential businesses has also been moved back until 11 p.m. The Mayor's Office said the changes mean the city's rules will more closely match the state's restrictions.

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CHICAGO — The city is moving back its curfew and allowing bars and restaurants to continue liquor sales until 11 p.m.

The changes will go into effect Friday, and they’ll make it so the city’s rules more closely line up with new restrictions from the state, according to a news release from the Mayor’s Office.

Last week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot created a 10 p.m. curfew for bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses and said liquor sales would have to end at 9 p.m. across the city.

But in a Thursday announcement, the Mayor’s Office said businesses can now stay open until 11 p.m. and can continue to-go and on-site alcohol sales until then.

Liquor stores, grocery stores and other businesses must still end sales of liquor at 9 p.m., and businesses still aren’t allowed to open until 6 a.m.

The state’s new restrictions also go into effect Friday morning. They ban indoor dining and drinking at bars and restaurants and cap meetings and social events at 25 people or 25 percent of a room’s capacity, whichever is lower.

The moves are meant to slow the spread of coronavirus, which is surging in Chicago and across Illinois.

Some have said the restrictions from the city and state are hurting already struggling businesses. Lightfoot and her medical chief, Dr. Allison Arwady, have said they’re very concerned about how the state’s restrictions will impact restaurants.

But officials have said the measures are needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent more people from dying.

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