Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called out a large crowd that packed together along the lakefront Saturday afternoon as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the city.
Lightfoot posted a photo on social media showing several individuals, many of them who appeared to not be abiding by social distancing guidelines, in a grassy area near boat docks at Montrose Beach.
“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. Don’t make us take steps backwards.”
In case you were wondering, I stopped by to see for myself. It’s being addressed.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 9, 2020
The mayor also tweeted she “stopped by to see for herself,” and the situation is being addressed.
Hey Lori, sorry to bother you. I know the “BoYs In BlUe” are SUPER busy over policing the south and west sides but if they find some free time can they get this mess on the north side at Montrose Beach
— brendan (@brbeeter) August 8, 2020
Chicago health officials said last week, social gatherings were the top cause driving up COVID case numbers in the city.
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.
Some Twitter users took delight in Lightfoot “coming for the gays” while others shamed the all-male crowd for violating social-distancing guidelines.
Lori coming for the gays on montrose beach is my absolute favorite thing of 2020 https://t.co/WigYGc8583
— LoudDadSneezes (@IsaacDSnyder) August 9, 2020
Lori putting the white gays on blast lol https://t.co/c8S6adK8oN
— bernard (@bernardreed) August 9, 2020
City workers were seen erecting a fence near Montrose Beach late Saturday night.
— Grace Del Vecchio (@delvecchiograce) August 9, 2020