ABC7’s Mark Rivera to emcee Negocios Now virtual Gala event

Chicago, (Hispanic News Agency)- ABC7 anchor and reporter Mark Rivera will be the emcee of Negocios Now’s “Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago” virtual Gala event to be held on August 28, 2020, at 5:30 pm CT to celebrate Hispanic leadership in Chicago.
“We are grateful to have Mark again at the Negocios Now gala and for ABC7’s continued support of Negocios Now,” said Clemente Nicado, Publisher. It will be the seventh consecutive year that Negocios Now celebrates with a special edition of the publication. This year it was published at the beginning of July and dedicated its cover to recognizing Latinos who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the virtual celebration, Negocios Now will recognize the following leaders with four awards:
  • Business of the Year Award: Arthur Zayas Miller, CEO of MZI Group, Inc, a $70 million company
  • Latinas in Business Award: Brenda Garza Karhoff, president and founding principal of Garza Karhoff Engineering, LLC, a construction company
  • Community Champion Award: Rey B. Gonzalez, president and CEO of El Valor
  • El Amigo de Negocios Now: Rosa Escareño, Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Negocios Now will also announce another special award for a Latino or Latina who has been on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.
Wintrust Community Bank serves as the main sponsor of the “Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago” special edition and Gala event. Additional supporters include AccentureBMOComEd, Peoples Gas, Dominican University, Hilco and Miramar Group.

La selección de Biden: Kamala Harris

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Es Kamala Harris. El ex vicepresidente Joe Biden anunció  hoy que la senadora de  California será su compañera de fórmula en la carrera hacia la Casa Blanca.

  Y con este anuncio, Biden hizo historia: La senadora de 55 años y ex fiscal general del estado, y fiscal de distrito de San Francisco se convierte en la primera mujer negra en ser nombrada en una lista política nacional por un partido importante.

  Harris surgió entre un grupo de mujeres finalistas que incluía a la ex-asesora de seguridad nacional Susan Rice; Representantes Karen Bass, D-Calif. Val Demings, D-Fla.,  los senadores Elizabeth Warren, de Massachusetts, y Tammy Duckworth, de Illinois; así como la gobernadora de Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.

 Incluso el president Donald Trump, a quien Biden aventaja en todas las encuestas, reconoció recientemente que Harris “sería una buena selección”

  Biden y Harris pronunciarán comentarios en Wilmington, Delaware, el miércoles sobre “trabajar juntos para restaurar el alma de la nación y luchar por las familias trabajadoras para hacer avanzar el país”, dijo la campaña.

  Harris ha sido una crítica de una variedad de aspectos en relación del país como salud, inmigración y cambio climático.

 La senadora estaría abierta a una opción pública, en lugar de un sistema de pagador único. Asimismo presentó una legislación para ampliar la atención de salud mental y reducir las disparidades raciales en la mortalidad materna. También abogó por un plan para reducir los costos de los medicamentos.

 También presentó su plan de atención médica, una forma de “Medicare para todos” que mantiene un papel importante para las aseguradoras privadas mientras expande el programa para cubrir a más estadounidenses. 

 Respecto a inmigración, Harris aboga por “reexaminar” y potencialmente reformar la agencia de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE). También apoya el programa de “Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia” (DACA) de la administración Obama, que protege a los jóvenes que llegan ilegalmente a los Estados Unidos cuando eran niños.

  En febrero de 2019, Harris firmó la resolución Green New Deal, que tiene como objetivo la transición de EE. UU. a energía 100 por ciento  limpia y renovable en 10 años, y estimular la economía con millones de nuevos empleos y una red de seguridad social ampliada.

Como fiscal general, investigó si ExxonMobil mintió sobre su investigación sobre el cambio climático. 

Nuevas restricciones para frenar el virus en el estado  

Debido a señales de un resurgimiento del coronavirus en Illinois, el gobernador J.B. Pritzker anunció nuevas restricciones en los deportes para jóvenes y adultos, y la clasificación de “nivel de advertencia” para 11 condados que registran un aumento prolongado en muertes por COVID-19, tasas de contagios y hospitalizaciones.

El mandatario advirtió sobre una posible reversión en la reapertura económica a medida que aumentan los casos de contagios en el estado. Dijo que “las cosas no van en la dirección correcta” y pidió a los residentes defender los progresos alcanzados, así como actuar “de manera responsable y colectiva para proteger a las personas que amamos”, ya que “estamos en un punto de peligro, todos”.

En respuesta a un aumento en el recuento diario de casos de COVID-19 en Illinois, que alcanzaron la semana pasada un nivel que no se había visto desde mayo, Pritzker estableció nuevas restricciones en los deportes para jóvenes y adultos, que limitan las prácticas y el juego, especialmente en disciplinas de alto contacto como el fútbol y el hockey.

La medida implica que deportes escolares como el fútbol y voleibol se trasladarán a la primavera, mientras que algunas competiciones en deportes considerados menos riesgosos, como el tenis, continuarán este otoño. Las reglas entrarán en vigencia el 15 de agosto, se aplican a personas de todas las edades y cubren casi todas las áreas de atletismo, con excepción de las  ligas deportivas y profesionales universitarias.

“El virus sigue siendo peligroso para los niños, padres, abuelos, maestros y entrenadores”, dijo Pritzker. “Y por ahora, esto es lo mejor que podemos hacer por la salud y la seguridad de nuestras familias en las circunstancias actuales”. “Hemos progresado en Illinois, pero también hemos visto que puede ser fugaz. Y en este momento, las cosas no van en la dirección correcta”, sentenció.

También mencionó a los 11 condados en “nivel de advertencia”, de los cuales Gallatin, en la frontera con Kentucky, tiene una tasa de positividad de las pruebas superior al 20 por ciento, un 15 por ciento más alta que la tasa en Chicago, por lo que líderes locales de esos condados requieren imponer regulaciones más estrictas para proteger a los residentes.

Según el reporte del estado, esos condados han visto brotes relacionados con operaciones comerciales, ceremonias de graduación, fiestas, personas que van a bares, grandes eventos deportivos y otras reuniones. Y los residentes de muchas de esas comunidades no usan protectores faciales, que han demostrado reducir el riesgo de propagación del coronavirus.

Pritzker advirtió que si las tendencias en Illinois continúan o empeoran, el estado podría reprimir los negocios y las reuniones, e incluso regresar a la orden de permanecer en casa  en regiones donde las métricas, como la tasa de positividad, exceden cierto umbral.

En tanto, la jefe del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois Dra. Ngozi Ezike confirmó que en las últimas semanas aumentaron las cifras de hospitalizaciones y muertes. La tasa promedio de contagios del estado se elevó a 3.9%, después de siete días consecutivos con más de mil casos diarios de contagio.

Dijo que seis de las 11 regiones en que se dividió el estado en la nueva estrategia de seguimiento han visto aumentar sus tasas de positividad durante al menos siete de los últimos 10 días, una señal de advertencia de que el virus está regresando. Una región, Metro East, en el sur de Illinois, tiene una tasa de casi 8%.

Chicago da marcha atrás y empezará curso escolar con aprendizaje remoto

Chicago, – (HINA) – La aun mortífera pandemia obligó a las autoridades de Chicago a cancelar la idea impartir un curso híbrido en el otoño y decidieron mantener el aprendizaje remoto a partir del 8 de septiembre.

 Según dijo hoy la alcaldesa Lori Lightfoot, la decisión se basó en las pautas del Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago y la preocupación de los padres por la suerte de sus hijos.

  “La decisión de comenzar el año escolar 2020-2021 CPS de forma remota durante el primer trimestre se basa en los datos de Salud Pública y los comentarios invaluables que hemos recibido de los padres y las familias”, dijo Lightfoot.

  La ciudad pretende retomar el curso híbrido que establece dos días a la semana para clases en persona y el resto a distancia, a partir del segundo trimestre.

  “A medida que desarrollamos este modelo de aprendizaje remoto y buscamos establecer un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido en el segundo trimestre, continuaremos apoyando y colaborando con los padres y los líderes escolares para crear entornos de aprendizaje seguros y sostenibles para nuestros estudiantes”.

  La decisión tiene lugar en medio de la amenaza del Sindicato de Maestros de Chicago que amenazaron con abandonar las aulas en caso de que las escuelas reabrieran en septiembre próximo aduciendo los riesgos de contagios por el COVID-19.

Pritzker: “We’re at a danger point”

Chicago.- Gov. J.B. Pritzker urges local residents and community leaders to take additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus before the state has to impose restrictions.

“We’re at a danger point,” the governor said recently at a news conference in Peoria.

Pritzker said if the COVID-19 metrics continue to increase, the Peoria region would have to be move backward and adopt mitigation strategies such as closing bars and further limiting capacity at restaurants.

“That is not something any of us want to do,” the governor said.

“This pandemic is still among us,” he said, noting that COVID-19 cases have been on the rise statewide and there is still no treatment or vaccine for it.

The rising metrics come as some school districts in the state prepare to bring students back to the classroom for in-person instruction. Pritzker said the state has provided guidance for schools, but said decisions about in-person instruction should be made at the local level.

“We really need local administrators as well as parents and school boards to be thinking about the circumstances of each school within their district,” he said. “Wear the masks, make sure kids are wearing the masks, make sure that you are doing everything you can to follow the guidelines that we’ve put forward to keep everyone in our schools safe.”

Pritzker gave a similar speech Thursday afternoon in Ottawa, another hot spot region at the state’s warning level.

“Every region has increasing positivity rates and increasing cases. This is hugely problematic,” the governor said. “It’s not something that we wanted to see happen, but it means that we’re going to have to take a hard look at what do we need to do – what mitigations do we need now – in order to get us back in line with the direction we were going, which was reducing those positivity rates”. (The Center Square)

Empleos perdidos en el sector del ocio y hospitalidad 

El sector de ocio y hospitalidad de Estados Unidos reportó hasta abril una pérdida promedio de empleo de casi el 30 por ciento, cifra que superó la mitad en 23 estados y el Distrito de Columbia. El 60% de los trabajadores hispanos contratados en esa área de la economía perdieron sus empleos, horas de trabajo o una parte de sus ingresos, asegura un análisis de Urban Institute.

Desde entonces, precisa el estudio, el empleo se ha recuperado modestamente en ese sector en los 50 estados y DC. En particular en Delaware, Nevada y Rhode Island se restableció  un tercio o más de trabajos de ocio y hospitalidad hasta junio, no obstante, en comparación con el año pasado, el empleo disminuyó al menos un 10 % en todos los estados, excepto Oklahoma.

La crisis en este sector afectó más severamente a sitios con mayor participación de los servicios de alojamiento y alimentación en su PIB local. Por ejemplo, en Nevada que son el 12.4% y Hawai el 8.5% se reportaron tasas de desempleo de 15% y 14% respectivamente. En ambos estados en menos de 9 semanas de pandemia se superó la cifra de desempleados alcanzada en 81 semanas de la Gran Recesión.

La situación económica dentro de esta industria ha dañado particularmente a los trabajadores latinos, que representan el 24 por ciento de los empleados. Muchos se mantuvieron trabajando en empleos poco remunerados y riesgosos, con más del triple de probabilidades de infectarse y el doble de probabilidades de morir por COVID-19, asegura UI.

Aún cuando las actividades en persona disminuyeron, solo el 9  por ciento de los empleados de este sector puede trabajar de forma remota, en comparación con más del 50% en las actividades financieras y los sectores de información y el 30% en el sector manufacturero. Muchas empresas tuvieron que cerrar sin la opción de teletrabajo, con graves efectos en diferentes áreas, incluidos los servicios de alimentos.

Las empresas del sector (incluidos restaurantes, hoteles, cines y deportes para espectadores) enfrentan otra amenaza en la reapertura al encontrarse entre las más intensas en contacto, como es la probabilidad de difundir COVID-19. Ante la dificultad para controlar la crisis de salud pública, su futuro sigue siendo incierto, pese al seguimiento de normas sanitarias y de distanciamiento social.

Urban Institute estima que una cuarta fase en los paquetes de ayuda económica federal pueden aliviar los efectos desproporcionados en los trabajadores de ocio y hospitalidad, además de otra propuestas, aunque difícilmente brindan un alivio directo a los trabajadores de esta industria, y tampoco garantizan su repunte económico, el cual depende de la reducción de la propagación del virus.

Economía de EE.UU. sufre brutal caída empujada por la Pandemia

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Nueva York. – El Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) de Estados Unidos cayó a una tasa anual del 33 por ciento en el segundo trimestre, la peor contracción en ese periodo desde la década de 1940, según datos del Departamento de Comercio publicados el jueves.

 La caída histórica en la producción refleja los peores meses de paros relacionados con la pandemia de coronavirus destinados a controlar la propagación de COVID-19, y sigue a una contracción de 4.8 por ciento en el primer trimestre que terminó con la expansión más larga en la historia de los Estados Unidos, aseguran expertos.

“Este es obviamente el trimestre más feo que hemos visto en nuestra historia”, dijo a Business Insider Edward Moya, analista senior de la firma de comercio de divisas OANDA, sobre las cifras iniciales del PIB del segundo trimestre que salieron el jueves por la mañana. 

   La economía de los EE. UU. se derrumbó de manera histórica este año cuando la pandemia de coronavirus devastó las empresas y elevó el desempleo. 

  En otra señal de que el motor económico sigue en problemas, el jueves el Departamento del Trabajo reportó que las solicitudes de desempleo subieron a 1.4 millones, después de experimentar una disminución.

 La noticia inyecta más presión para la campaña de reelección del presidente Trump, criticado por su respuesta al COVID-19 y  aventajado ampliamente en los encuestas por su rival demócrata, Joe Biden, a menos de 100 días para los comicios generales.

 Trump sugirió hoy demorar las elecciones de noviembre próximo citando sus propias predicciones de un fraude electoral en las votaciones por correo.

 

Cerraron en Chicago 4,000 empresas durante el confinamiento

Durante el confinamiento por la pandemia de coronavirus cerca de 4, 400 empresas del área de Chicago cerraron, de las cuales 2, 400 dicen que nunca volverán a abrir, de acuerdo con los datos publicados por la plataforma de revisión de negocios de fuentes múltiples Yelp.

A nivel nacional, más de 132,500 empresas han cerrado de manera permanente o temporal desde marzo, según Yelp. Los cierres comerciales temporales están disminuyendo a nivel nacional a medida que algunos estados vuelven a abrir, pero los cierres permanentes están aumentando, representando el 55% de todos los negocios cerrados.

El área de Chicago ha sufrido el cuarto mayor número de cierres entre las áreas metropolitanas de la nación, detrás de Los Ángeles, Nueva York y San Francisco. Los restaurantes y el comercio minorista fueron los sectores más afectados en la zona de Chicago.

Según la información de Yelp, más de 800 restaurantes y 700 negocios minoristas han cerrado de manera permanente o temporal desde el 1 de marzo. Otros sectores que han reportado  el cierre de 350 negocios incluyen servicios de belleza, servicios para el hogar y servicios financieros.

Yelp recopiló los datos de las empresas en su plataforma el 1 de marzo y registró cuántos de esos propietarios habían cerrado sus negocios antes del 10 de julio, ya sea a través de horarios cambiantes o mediante un banner COVID-19 en sus páginas. Los empresarios tienen la opción de marcar su negocio como cerrado permanente o temporalmente.

City of Chicago announces $33 Million in housing assistance

The Chicago Housing Assistance program will include support for more than 10,000 households and new online portal of available services

Chicago (HINA) – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Departments of Housing (DOH) and Family and Support Services (DFSS)  announced an expanded Housing Assistance Grant program and a new online portal to assist Chicagoans who have been adversely impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new round of assistance, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the greater philanthropic community, includes more than $33 million of relief for renters and property owners and provides eviction counseling for low-and moderate-income Chicago households impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“COVID-19 has laid bare and exacerbated the issue of housing insecurity, a core symptom of the crushing poverty and economic hardship that remains the reality for far too many Chicagoans,” said Mayor Lightfoot.

“This much-needed expansion of our Housing Assistance Grants and the creation of the online Chicago Housing Assistance Portal will ensure that our residents have the support they need to stay in their homes, stay safe and stay afloat during these uncertain times.”

The platform of housing supports will be available through a new online portal – chi.gov/housinghelp – that will direct residents to the resources and programs that the City is providing to best suit individual needs and prevent widespread homelessness, foreclosure and eviction due to COVID-19-related financial hardships.

The Chicago Housing Assistance Portal will help route Chicagoans to the most appropriate of the four housing assistance programs available: DFSS Rental Assistance Program; DOH COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grants; DOH Mortgage Assistance Program; or the Illinois Housing Development Authority Statewide Housing Assistance, which will begin taking applications August 10. Those financially impacted the hardest will be eligible for Chicago Housing Assistance grant funding that has been set aside for the lowest earners.

“The first round of COVID-19 Housing Assistance showed us how deep the need is across all neighborhoods in Chicago,” said DOH Commissioner Marisa Novara. “We have been working to find additional resources to assist those financially impacted by the pandemic, and these new funds will go a long way in stabilizing the lives of residents during these challenging times.”

More than $8 million of assistance will be provided through the DFSS Rental Assistance Program (RAP), a homeless prevention initiative aimed at helping residents remain in their existing rental unit by assisting with the payment of rent and rent arrears to prevent eviction. Fifty percent of the funds will be dedicated to households with incomes under 15% of the area median income (AMI) with rental assistance given based on household needs. Eligible applicants may receive up to six months of rental support.

“It is important now more than ever that we meet people where they are and ensure helpful resources are readily available and just a click away,” said DFSS Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler. “Initiatives like the rental assistance program are essential for families across the City and limiting barriers to this type of help is our top priority.”

Residents can apply for RAP online through the Chicago Housing Assistance Portal or in person at one of six community centers through August 10, 2020. DFSS, in collaboration with partners like the Centers for Changing Lives, has implemented neighborhood awareness initiatives to make communities aware of RAP’s added resources and the new online application portal.

“We are proud to be a part of the City’s new effort to make rental assistance more accessible to residents,” said Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi, executive director at Centers for Changing Lives. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to attend to the social needs of residents in communities across the City, including ensuring easy access to every resource that will help them thrive.”

Expanding on a partnership first announced in March of this year, DOH and the Family Independence Initiative (FII) are launching a second round of the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grants to help impacted Chicagoans with rent and mortgage payments. The second round of COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grants includes $20 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), $1 million from the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago’s Response Fund, and $100,000 from the Polk Bros.

Foundation. Awardees will receive grants between $2,000 and $3,000 based on COVID-related financial hardship and monthly housing costs for Chicagoans making 60% of the AMI or below. Applications for the DOH Housing Assistance Grants will be accepted through August 10, 2020.

“The Family Independence Initiative is incredibly proud to expand this partnership with the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing and to bring support to more of Chicago’s hardest-hit residents,” said Ebony Scott of Family Independence Initiative. “FII has distributed cash relief to nearly 100,000 families across the country and Puerto Rico as part of the effort to help our communities respond and recover to the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Recognizing that property owners are also experiencing hardships during the coronavirus pandemic, the DOH Mortgage Assistance Program will award a maximum of $3,300 directly to lenders to cover past-due payments, future payments, or both for property owners. Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeowners and strengthening neighborhoods throughout Chicago, will operate the mortgage assistance program and provide homeownership counseling services for recipients of the grants.

The mortgage assistance will be available for owner-occupant homeowners experiencing COVID-19-related financial hardship who earn up to 120% of the AMI and are up-to-date on mortgage payments through March 2020. Applications for the Mortgage Assistance open Monday, August 3, 2020.

“Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago is honored to partner with the City of Chicago to provide mortgage assistance to those in need. This program provides financial support to eligible Chicago households to help tackle one of their biggest monthly expenses—housing. We’re glad to be among those who have identified the problems, and we’re glad to be among those delivering service and solutions,” said Donna Clarke, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer of NHS.

The Cook County eviction moratorium ends on August 22, 2020, and the City of Chicago wants to ensure that residents know their rights and receive representation when the moratorium ends. Through the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Program, the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) will offer no-cost defense counsel in eviction court through December 2020. COVID-19 Eviction Defense Program services are available for residents who earn 60% of the AMI and below. In addition to CRF funds, this program is made possible with support from the Polk Bros. Foundation.

“The pandemic has magnified housing insecurity and deepened racial inequities in Chicago, with estimates of 90,000 households across Bronzeville, Austin, Humboldt Park and Garfield Park alone now acutely vulnerable to eviction and homelessness,” said Polk Bros. Foundation Senior Program Officer Debbie Reznick.

“The shelter system is already overwhelmed. We are investing in eviction prevention because ensuring all Chicagoans have a place to live is the best, most equitable and cost-effective protection against COVID-19.”

Applications are available in several languages at chi.gov/housinghelp. Assistance from all programs is expected to be awarded through August and September. Rental assistance funding through the online portal will be awarded by a lottery system. DFSS and DOH will also work with community-based organizations throughout the city to distribute the funding.

Partners in the Chicago Housing Assistance program will identify eligible awardees using their existing neighborhood networks, especially those who do not have immediate access to a computer or a bank account. The participating community-based organizations will be listed online in early August.

The Chicago Housing Assistance program is a part of Mayor Lightfoot’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which spans economic relief measures taken for residents and businesses to ensure a swift and precise all-inclusive response to protect residents in the face of this unprecedented pandemic. For more information and updates on COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015, email coronavirus@chicago.gov or visit chicago.gov/coronavirus.

Chicago reinstates targeted COVID-19 restrictions to help combat recent rise in community cases

Latest restrictions will limit social and physical interactions as the City works to avoid resurgence in cases

Chicago – (Hispanic News Agency) – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced today a re-tightening of COVID-19 restrictions for bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services as a precautionary move in response to a recent increase in community cases of the virus.

Throughout the pandemic, data has guided every move made by the City, and the recent uptick in cases as well as surging COVID-19 activity in other states around the country is cause for concern and motivated this move to dial back reopening in certain high-risk environments.

The reinstatement of certain restrictions will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m., in order to allow businesses time to prepare. Restrictions will include:

  • Bars, taverns, breweries and other establishments that serve alcohol for on-site consumption without a Retail Food license will no longer be able to serve customers indoors.
    • Restaurants that serve alcohol will be allowed to continue to operate as long as they abide by ongoing COVID-19 guidance and existing regulations.
    • Establishments without food may still provide outdoor service as they did under phase three.
  • Maximum party size and table occupancy at restaurants, bars, taverns and breweries will be reduced to six people.
  • Indoor fitness class size will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Personal services requiring the removal of face coverings will no longer be permitted (shaves, facials, etc.).
  • Residential property managers will be asked to limit guest entry to five per unit to avoid indoor gatherings and parties.

“We have made so much progress here in Chicago in containing the spread of the virus, protecting our health system and saving lives, and in general, the virus remains under control locally. But we are again seeing a steady increase in new cases,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “While we aren’t near the peak of the pandemic from earlier this year, none of us wants to go back there, and we feel these restrictions will help limit further community spread.”

As CDPH recently announced, the city is back in a high-incidence state under the Centers for Disease Control guidelines after topping 200 cases per day on a 7-day rolling average. As of Sunday, July 19, that number was 233. That increase has been driven in part by rising cases among young people 18-29 years old as the city has seen more social activity and interactions in bars, restaurants, parks and the lakefront. Chicago has also seen an increase in its percent positivity rate – the percentage of people tested who are positive for COVID-19 – after weeks of decline.

“No one relishes making this move but it’s the right thing to do as we work to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 similar to what we’re seeing in many states around the country,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. “This virus has had a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx individuals, many of whom are essential workers who have continued to go to work, and we can’t afford to see a resurgence that would mean more cases and more deaths.”

To prepare all business owners for the new guidance, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will be hosting a series of webinars this week. On July 21, BACP will hold a webinar for all business types to provide an overview of the new changes at 2:00 p.m., followed by a session just for restaurants and bars at 4:00 p.m. Sessions for health and fitness centers and personal services will be held later in the week. To register and learn more, visit chicago.gov/businessworkshops.

“Over the past few months, businesses and residents from every corner of this city have stepped up to follow our public health guidelines and restrictions so that Chicago could safely and responsibly reopen,” said BACP Commissioner Rosa Escareño. “We will continue to keep data and science as the north stars of our work, which is why these new restrictions are designed to preserve the positive progress we’ve made so far and ensured Chicago can stay one of the most open large cities in the nation.”

These new restrictions build on ongoing guidance and enforcement measures by the City to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and re-open cautiously. The City will continue to assess the data daily and make other adjustments as needed. For example, team sports workouts and practices are still allowed but must be done appropriately as the spread has occurred in these settings.

“I can’t emphasize enough that we all need to continue to abide by the public health guidance: practice social distancing and limit gatherings, wear masks at all times in public settings as required by law, and continue to wash your hands frequently,” said Dr. Arwady.

While people are encouraged to create a bubble of not more than 10 people that they have close contact with, they need to do so smartly and avoid “bubble trouble.” If a member of your bubble is not following guidance, they are putting you and others at risk.

This recent uptick in cases locally comes as other parts of the country are seeing a surge in new cases and the country overall is setting new highs for daily COVID-19 cases. Because of this, officials in Chicago decided to act quickly. Earlier this month, Dr. Arwady issued an emergency travel health order requiring travelers from states where cases are surging to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the city, including Chicago residents returning from these states. The updated list of states and information about exemptions to the order can be found here.

Throughout the pandemic, individuals who are infected with COVID-19 or have come into contact with someone who is, have been advised to quarantine. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease before a person knows they are sick, including if a traveler has been infected with the virus but does not have symptoms.