” Stay at home. Only go out for the essentials. You have to readjust your thinking. Be smart, ”said Lightfoot. “Not only will our police be deployed to close them if you do not follow these orders, but we will be forced to close the parks and the lakeside. The situation is extremely serious and we need you to take it seriously. ”
Lightfoot added that spending long periods outside, anywhere, is not allowed. And neither does it go into closed spaces, like playgrounds.
“You can’t go on long bike rides. The playgrounds are closed. You must respect order. Outside, it’s for a short respite, not for 5Ks. I cannot overstate the fact that we follow the rules. ”
Chicago Park District CEO Mike Kelly said the outdoor spaces are open but must be used wisely.
“The parks and open spaces are there for your enjoyment. But keep your distance. If someone passes by, step aside and let them pass, “said Kelly.
Doctor Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health said the prescriptions had a specific purpose and should be followed.
“We don’t have a vaccine. We have no treatment. Chicago has an A for preparation. But we are planning for worse scenarios, ”said Arwady. “The next two to three weeks will be the most important time to do everything we can to smooth out this curve. This is what will keep our hospitals going. ”
Acting police superintendent Charlie Beck issued the strongest warning not to be with the others.
“Public health is not an opinion. It’s a mandate. If you rape, you are liable to a fine of $ 500. If you continue to rape him, you will be arrested, “said Beck.
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Beck also responded to questions about reports from CPD officers who said they were working in unsafe and unhealthy conditions with the threat of exposure to the coronavirus. Several agents have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Cleaning has increased in all stations. We have increased our cleaning schedule. And the car cleaning schedule, ”said Beck.
But Lightfoot reiterated that non-compliance with the home stay order would have serious consequences.
“At worst, we will put you in custody. ”