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Fencing Erected at Montrose Beach After Mayor Lightfoot Blasts Residents for Large Gatherings – NBC Chicago

Fencing Erected at Montrose Beach After Mayor Lightfoot Blasts Residents for Large Gatherings – NBC Chicago

While Chicago's beaches remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of people gathered in an area near the city's Montrose Beach Saturday, prompting criticism from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

"It's called a pandemic, people," the mayor tweeted.

"This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront.

While Chicago's Lakefront Trail and harbors have reopened, all playgrounds, pools, and beaches east of Lake Shore Drive remain closed as a result of restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to the Chicago Park District.

On Saturday, for the second day in a row, the state of Illinois reported more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases.

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