Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot says restaurants and bars need to be allowed to reopen 'as quickly as possible'

“If we have people and give them an outlet for entertainment in the restaurant space, in the bar space, we have much more of an opportunity in my view to be able to regulate and control that environment,” Lightfoot said. “Let’s bring it out of the shadows. Let’s allow them to have some recreation in restaurants, in bars, where we can actually work with responsible owners and managers to regulate and protect people from COVID-19."

Economic recovery uneven: US Chamber of Commerce

Out of the 36 responses, 19 business leaders, or 53%, said they are doing slightly or much worse than pre-pandemic compared to 15 business leaders, or 42%, who say they are doing slightly or much better and two, or 5%, who say they are doing the same.