Chicago's lakefront, trails shutdown during coronavirus pandemic

Thu. March 26, 2020 1:07 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Chicago's lakefront, along with the Riverwalk and 606 Trail, are now closed the public in an effort to keep people from congregating during a statewide stay-at-home order.

"What we must do now, together, is bend the curve of this disease," Lori Lightfoot said in an address Thursday afternoon, reprimanding those congregating at the lakefront on Wednesday.

"Your conduct is posing a direct threat to our public health," she said.

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th Ward) was first to share the news of the lakefront closure Thursday morning.

"Effective 8 a.m. today, Thursday, March 26, the Lakefront Trail, park and beaches from Ardmore south is closed to public access. This includes parkland east of Marine Drive, as well as Berger Park. This order has been put in place to ensure social distancing between individuals and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19," he wrote in his newsletter to constituents. "This is a very serious health crisis we are in. I strongly ask you to follow this directive and stay off the lakefront. Park security and the Chicago Police Department will be enforcing this directive."

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order is in effect through at least Tuesday, April 7.

Related: Chicago LGBTQ COVID-19 Resources

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