Chicago beaches are closed, official says


Chicago’s Lakefront Trail and the city’s beaches have been closed to public access, according to Alderman Harry Osterman, who represents the 48th Ward, one of Chicago’s lakefront districts.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot yesterday urged individuals going to the Lakefront Trail to exercise, and not to congregate in large groups, or she would be forced to close the area.

“This order has been put in place to ensure social distancing between individuals and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Osterman said in a statement. 

Lightfoot is expected to speak at a daily coronavirus briefing this afternoon.

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