4 Chicago restaurants and a nightclub closed for violating COVID-19 restrictions | Chicago News

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An SUV turns down Lincoln Avenue from Lawrence Avenue in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in July 2020. The Strip is a community hub for shopping and dining. (WTTW News)

City officials closed four restaurants and a nightclub for violating rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday.

Authorities closed the Barba Yianni Greek Tavern, 4761 N. Lincoln Ave., after issuing two citations for having more than 80 people inside the Lincoln Square restaurant, operating after midnight, social distancing violations and no covers -face, according to a statement from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Officials closed Juanita’s No. 2 restaurant, 6539-41 W. 63rd St., after issuing two citations for having more than 70 people in the restaurant Clearing, operating after midnight, social distancing violations and no covers -face, officials said.

Officials closed Retro Café, 3246-48 N. Central Ave., after issuing two citations for operating after midnight, social distancing violations and no face coverings, officials said.

Officials closed the Estrella Blanca nightclub, 3049 N. Cicero Ave., after issuing two citations for allowing patrons to consume alcohol inside without a retail license and face coverings, said officials.

Officials closed Second Time Around, 8301-03 W. Irving Park after issuing two citations for operating after midnight.

City inspectors conducted 101 investigations and issued 14 citations to seven businesses for violating city rules, officials said.

A task force formed by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection conducted 38 investigations into large gatherings and parties over the weekend, including eight at residential locations, officials said.

City officials declined to name the companies named. Each citation carries a fine of $10,000, per city ordinance.

Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that do not have a food retail license allowing them to serve food were barred on July 24 from serving customers indoors as Mayor Lori Lightfoot and health officials are scrambling to eradicate a growing number of confirmed COVID-19s. case in the city.

An average of 304 Chicagoans have been diagnosed with the coronavirus each day over the past week, a decrease of 3% from the previous week, according to data from the Chicago Department of Public Health. The city’s average test positivity rate is 5%, according to the data.

Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]


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