6 More Chicago Businesses Cited For COVID-19 Capacity Violations; 1 Shut Down

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Six Chicago businesses were cited and one was shut down for violating COVID-19 capacity regulations over the weekend.

The Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) weekend enforcement team was out in full force again, making sure Chicago bars, restaurants and other businesses followed Phase Four guidelines. 

This weekend, the task force conducted 47 investigations and issued 12 total citations to six businesses for failing to follow COVID-19 capacity guidelines.

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The city also shut down Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse, located at 324 S. Racine, for being over capacity, failure to maintain social distancing, patrons not wearing face coverings, and patrons not seated.

"While most businesses are taking the necessary precautions to keep their customers and employees safe, the city will continue to hold the bad actors accountable, and this weekend we issued an immediate closure order to one bar for egregiously and blatantly disregarding the reopening requirements," BACP said in a statement. "Irresponsible actions like this put our entire city at risk and will not be tolerated."

A few weeks ago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was pretty straight forward when addressing bar and restaurant owners, stating "It’s on you” to enforce the regulations.

She threatened to shut down bars and restaurants that do not follow city health guidelines. 

“If we see businesses that are flouting the rules, that are putting your profit over the public health and safety of your workers, of members of the public, we’re not going to hesitate to shut you down," she said. "And if you are shut down, you’re not coming back any time soon.”

Since June 3, BACP has received 1,276 reopening complaints, conducted 557 investigations, issued 85 warnings or Notices to Correct, cited 25 businesses, and ordered the immediate closure of two businesses.