On Tuesday, Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot followed in the footsteps of Boston’s Mayor Michelle Wu (D) and Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) by announcing a slew of new COVID-19 rules specifically aimed at making life difficult for the unvaccinated. The new mandates impose vaccine requirements on bars, restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, and entertainment venues for any person in Chicago ages five and older.
“To put it simply, if you have been living vaccine-free, your time is up. If you wish to live life as w/the ease to do the things you love, you must be vax’d,” Lightfoot tweeted. “This health order may pose an inconvenience to the unvaccinated, and in fact, it is inconvenient by design.”
To put it simply, if you have been living vaccine-free, your time is up. If you wish to live life as w/the ease to do the things you love, you must be vax'd.
This health order may pose an inconvenience to the unvaccinated, and in fact it is inconvenient by design.
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) December 21, 2021
Lightfoot also said, “We didn’t want to get to this point, but given the situation we find ourselves in, we simply have no choice.”
“So, beginning on Jan. 3, you must show proof that you are fully vaccinated to enter bars, restaurants, fitness centers and entertainment and recreational venues where food and drink are served,” she announced.
“Despite our diligent and equitable vaccine distribution efforts throughout this year, unfortunately, our city continues to see a surge of COVID-19 Delta and now Omicron cases,” Lightfoot said. “New steps must be taken to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents. This public health order requiring proof of vaccination to visit certain indoor public places is a necessary measure to ensure we can continue to enjoy our city’s many amenities as we enter the new year.”
The mayor clarified that if you are picking up a coffee, you do not need to show your vaccine card. But, if you sit around and eat food without one, then you’re out of line with the new mandate.
“If you’re going into that coffee shop to pick up and go, you don’t need to show proof,” Lightfoot said. “But if you’re gonna linger, you’re gonna eat that muffin, you’re gonna sit down with your laptop, you gotta show proof of vaccination.”
Lightfoot’s announcement came after President Joe Biden coughed his way through several federal announcements regarding new COVID-19 efforts in the battle against the strain of coronavirus known as the Omicron variant. The Daily Wire reported on the president’s hack job this afternoon:
“There are some parts of this country where people are very eager to get their booster where it’s harder to get an appointment,” he continued pausing briefly to cough into his hand. “Excuse me. Starting this week I’ll be deploying hundreds more vaccinators and more sites to help get the booster shots in people’s arms.”
“I’ve ordered FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to stand up new pop-up vaccination clinics all across the country, where you can get that booster shot. We’ve opened –” Biden coughed into his hand again before continuing, “Excuse me. We’ve opened FEMA vaccination sites in Washington state and New Mexico recently as cases have increased.”