Two elements of US Tourism is reopening unexpectedly. It’s been announced by the Mayor of Chicago that both their hospitality industry and harbours will reopen. There hasn’t been an official confirmation on when restaurants, cafes, clubs, bars, and lounges could reopen. The Mayor has merely proposed a strategy for Governor Pritzker, who doesn’t believe that this respective industry can reopen until the 4th phase. Lori Lightfoot imagines that these hospitality businesses could launch their services under the 3rd phase with minimal concerns that social distancing will be broken.
Owners of restaurants in Chicago eagerly approved this concept, supporting the Mayor in her proposal. The Illinois Restaurant Association also has provided their public support towards the Phase Three Proposal. The federal government’s local officials ultimately decide it on if hospitality corporations can reopen with the 3rd phase. However, having multiple lobbyists behind this proposal will force the Trump Government to enact an earlier launch date through Governor Pritzker.
This proposal must be approved before May 20th, with the Third Phase of Chicago’s Economic Relaunch starting on May 29th. It should be mentioned that these hospitality companies must engage with more robust social distancing measures under this approval. That means cleaning dining halls every fifteen minutes and ensure that all customers are positioned two metres from one another.
Chicago Harbours Reopening
The Mayor of Chicago also permitted local harbours to reopen their first Spring Services for 2020. Their official relaunch date in May 21st, with the first dock being the Montrose Boatyard on 31st Street. Their docked vessels will be let loose into the Chicago Harbour, albeit with various permissions that guarantee social distancing is managed on the open waters. It should be noted that enforcing these rules to sailors will be considerably more challenging than local authorities anticipate.
Enacted policies onto the Montrose Boatyard includes two people per boat, with all planned trips being previously prearranged with the boatyards manager. Hours of operation are limited between Eight in the morning to Five at night. Before vessels are permitted to begin their voyage, those two individuals allowed into the boatyard must be wearing protective face equipment. Refusal to abide by these social distancing measures will enact considerable fines onto that respective sailor.