With COVID-19 cases rising in Illinois, operators of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in heavily populated areas face new shutdowns — measures likely to be all the more painful economically because of looming winter weather that will make options such as outdoor dining unattractive, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
The state Department of Public Health reported Sunday (Oct. 25) that the seven-day constructive charge for testing is 6.1 p.c and that 2,605 sufferers had been hospitalized, together with 565 sufferers in intensive care models and 214 on ventilators.
On Friday, the agency announced that 51 counties — the state has 102 — had reached the official warning stage. If numerous measures of COVID-19 threat hit sure ranges in any of seven areas established by the state, sure restrictions kick in.
“Though the explanations for counties reaching a warning stage varies, a number of the widespread components for a rise in circumstances and outbreaks are related to gatherings in folks’s houses, weddings and funerals, bars and golf equipment, college and faculty events in addition to faculty sports activities groups, household gatherings, long-term care services, correctional facilities, colleges, and circumstances among the many group at giant, particularly folks of their 20s,” the announcement acknowledged. “Public well being officers are observing companies blatantly disregarding mitigation measures, folks not social distancing, gathering in giant teams, and never utilizing face coverings. Mayors, native legislation enforcement, state’s attorneys, and different group leaders might be influential in making certain residents and companies observe greatest practices.”
On Thursday, Chicago issued a curfew requiring that many companies — together with dine-in eating places — shut from 10 p.m. to six a.m.
WSJ quoted quite a few enterprise house owners lamenting the state of affairs and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot saying, “What none of us need is even additional restrictions as we transfer into the vacation season, impacting Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas traditions, however that’s precisely the trail we’re on proper now.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that some enterprise house owners are prone to push again towards the most recent restrictions.
Business Insider steered that the salvation for Chicago companies any be the kotatsu — a Japanese heated desk that diners reportedly discover extraordinarily cozy in chilly climate.
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