Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, was booed by the crowd after she was introduced at a Chicago Cubs baseball game on Thursday, April 1.
Lightfoot has been criticized for her strict CCP Virus lockdown orders. Her suggestion that residents should report business owners who did not comply with the restrictions also faced public backlash.
She was accused of hypocrisy last year for violating her own CCP Virus (COVID-19) rules by showing up at a salon breaking the restrictions. “I’m the public face of this city,” said Lightfoot, but the mayor could do little to justify her presence at a business place during the lockdown. “I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, since the CCP Virus pandemic has eased, Mayor Lori Lightfoot finally agreed to loosen social mandates on the city and allowed fans back into the Cubs game’s stadium. Despite that, several health safety restrictions remained for fans, such as a mask mandate and the 6-feet social distancing.
A statement released on Office of the Mayor described that a limitation of 20% capacity was imposed to the oldest ballpark in the National League and home to the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, with ‘appropriate’ distance between parties required. A total of 8,274 fans are allowed into the stadium each game this year, compared to the original capacity of 41,374 the stadium can hold.
Although Lightfoot accepts the potential of increasing fan numbers into the stadium, she also anticipates re-closing the city if COVID cases re-emerge.
“In the same vein, an increase in COVID cases could result in ballparks, bars, restaurants and businesses closing to reduce outbreaks. The process will be data-driven and depend on the compliance of residents and businesses,” the statement read.
Following the city’s order, the Cubs operation team have also included several COVID transmission prevention measures for the games, listed on the city’s website:
- Ballpark entry and amenity zones limited contact entry
- Cashless concessions and retail
- Additional restrooms per guest
- Reduced queueing times
- Reconfigured indoor spaces
On her tweet to announce the reopening of the ballpark on Friday, April 2, Lightfoot again reminded Chicagoans of health safety measures.
I'm thrilled for the return of baseball & fans in the stands—but the pandemic isn't over. As exciting as this is, (and Dr. Arwady & Dr. Ezike would agree) masking & physical distancing is still critical.
Let’s play ball (with CDC requirements in mind)🐻⚾️.
📸Heidi Zeiger pic.twitter.com/Hk9iNyLXIc
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) April 1, 2021