‘Lori Coming For The Gays’: Chicago Mayor Blasts ‘Reckless’ All-Male Crowd For Ignoring Social Distancing

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.”

The mayor also tweeted she “stopped by to see for herself,” and the situation is being addressed.

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.

City workers were seen erecting a fence near Montrose Beach late Saturday night.