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Indoor Dining Banned As Covid-19 Cases Surge

Bucktown's Club Lucky installs heated dining tents on the patio.

In the wake of surging Coronavirus cases now being reported in the state of Illinois, Governor J.B  Pritzker has issued another statewide ban on all indoor dining beginning November 4, 2020. Outdoor dining must end at 11:00pm. Issuing this new restriction leading up to Thanksgiving has restaurateurs wondering if they can survive another lockdown. So they're now looking for innovative ways to maximize their revenue in the upcoming weeks. 
Bucktown's Club Lucky recently installed outdoor dining tents fully equipped with powerful heat lamps to withstand the cool Fall temperatures while acting in accordance with the new restrictions. "We're fortunate that Chicago's weather has been so unseasonably warm," says owner Jim Higgins. "We're taking advantage of that and are hoping to continue to serve our customers on our patio for as long as we can." 
Illinois saw an increase of 15,000 new Coronavirus cases in just 2 days. The total number of Coronavirus cases in Illinois has reached 457,556 with 9,953 deaths the Illinois Department of Public Health reported. If the restrictions on indoor dining continue for a long period of time, however, it is likely that many restaurants won't survive the Winter.  

The Illinois Restaurant Association is asking for Federal assistance similar to that provided to the airline industry. But Congress failed to reach an agreement on any additional stimulus and further discussions have stalled. 

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