5 Chicago restaurants and clubs closed for violating COVID-19 restrictions | Chicago News


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City officials have closed five restaurants and clubs for violating rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities closed JL Lounge, 3402 N. Cicero Ave., after issuing two citations for operating after midnight, social distancing violations and no face coverings, according to a statement from the Department of Business Affairs and Welfare. consumers.

Grota Restaurant, 3108-12 N. Central Ave., was closed by authorities after receiving two citations for operating after midnight, customers not seated, social distancing violations and no face coverings, officials said. responsible.

Officials closed Family Den, 8940-44 S. Stony Island Ave., for operating at overcapacity inside, failing to ensure social distancing, patrons not seated or covering their faces, officials said.

Dirty Dozen Motorcycle Club, 720-22 E. 67th St. was closed by authorities and received two citations for social distancing violations and lack of face coverings, officials said.

Officials closed B’Z Sports Bar & Grill, 12001-03 S. Halsted St., for allowing patrons to consume alcohol inside without serving food and without covering their faces, said officials.

City inspectors conducted 93 investigations and issued 14 citations to seven businesses for violating city rules, officials said. Eight of those investigations involved large gatherings and parties at residential locations, officials said.

City officials declined to name the businesses listed but not closed. Each citation comes with a $10,000 fine, per city ordinance. Closed businesses were allowed to reopen the following day, with the appropriate precautions in place.

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 348 Chicagoans have been diagnosed with the coronavirus each day over the past week, a decrease of 1% from the previous week, according to data from the Chicago Department of Public Health. The city’s average test positivity rate is 5.3%, according to the data.

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