Chicago, March 27 | Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered the immediate closure of trails, bike paths, green spaces and parks near the city’s Lakefront in an accelerated effort to fight COVID-19.
The order also prohibits contact sports, like basketball and football, according to a statement posted on the city government’s website on Thursday, Xinhua reported.
To ensure compliance with the order, the Chicago Police Department is empowered to issue a $500 ticket, and go further with issuing citations if individuals do not adhere to initial warnings from police officers.
“As we work tirelessly to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we need people to stay at home as much as possible. Our order to temporarily close access to the Lakefront and restrict gatherings has now become a necessary step in our effort to protect people, and to get our city through this crisis as quickly as possible,” said Lightfoot.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a “Stay at Home” Order, which went into effect on March 21. Under the order, residents of Chicago and across the state are mandated to stay at home as much as possible.
However, city officials of Chicago have observed crowds congregating along the Lakefront, in parks, and other public spaces violating the state’s mandate and health guidance.
By Thursday, the US Midwest state of Illinois has 2,538 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and death toll has climbed to 26.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”