Frustrated by an alarming lack of compliance with social distancing guidelines in city parks, especially the lakefront, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the parks closed, effective at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) informed Edgewater residents of the closure via email.
“This is a very serious health crisis we are in. I strongly ask you to follow this directive and stay off the lakefront,” Osterman said. “Park security and the Chicago Police Department will be enforcing this directive. Please do not force our local police officers have to enforce this. The police efforts are needed elsewhere is this crisis.”
“A reminder that the full impact of this health crisis has not yet hit our City, and each of us have a role in slowing the spread of this virus. Please keep up with the social distancing and following the other guidance from the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health,” Osterman continued. “If you need to go outside to walk your dog or get some fresh air, keep it to your block or a local route through our neighborhood.”