by: WGN Web Desk
Posted: Mar 19, 2020 / 07:13 AM CDT / Updated: Mar 19, 2020 / 12:24 PM CDT
CHICAGO — Ahead of her “State of the City” address Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered all sick Chicagoans to stay home.
Under the Order, any resident of the City of Chicago diagnosed with COVID-19 or showing symptoms may not leave their place of residence, go to work or any group settings.
“Restricting the movements of those who have COVID-19 or who are symptomatic is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading further,” Lightfoot said in a statement.
Lightfoot is set to address the city about the COVID-19 outbreak at 5 p.m. Thursday. She will outline steps Chicago is taking to protect people, not just from the virus but from financial hardship.
The city is suspending collection for traffic and parking tickets, as well as utility bills, until April 30.
Law firms and collection agencies will cease collection efforts. The only tickets issued will be for public safety violations.
WGN will broadcast Lightfoot’s speech, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, live on-air and online at wgntv.com.