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Chicago threatens to arrest or punish people who refuse to stay at home

Chicago police threaten to arrest or impose $ 500 fines on people who refuse to take home corona virus confirmation – as mayor plans to close all parks and Lake Michigan hiking trails

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Acting Police Chief Charlie Beck gave the grim warning on Wednesday
  • They said the city no longer tolerates people who gather in public places
  • They’ve vowed to start arresting or issuing $ 500 quotes to those who continued to ignore state-wide home promotion
  • The Illinois Order is in effect until April 7 to boost social distance
  • It comes after large crowds of people were seen in public over the weekend, including near Chicago’s Lake Michigan
  • Lightfoot said she is now also considering completely closing the parks and the city’s famous lake
  • In the United States, about half of the population is affected by those at home in at least 18 states
  • The US death toll has now risen to 1,035 with more than 69,000 confirmed cases
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The city of Chicago threatens to arrest or issue fines of $ 500 to people who refuse to comply with Illinois state residence status during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and acting police chief Charlie Beck issued the grim warning on Wednesday that the city will no longer tolerate people gathering in public places.

They pledged that they would start arresting or issuing $ 500 quotes to those who ignored statewide state residence status, which was in effect until April 7, to boost social distance.

It comes after large crowds of people were noticed in public over the weekend, also near Chicago’s Lake Michigan, because they took advantage of warmer temperatures.

The city of Chicago threatens to arrest or impose $ 500 fines on people who refuse to comply with Illinois state residence status during the coronavirus pandemic

The city of Chicago threatens to arrest or impose $ 500 fines on people who refuse to comply with Illinois state residence status during the coronavirus pandemic

“This situation is deadly serious and we have to take it seriously,” said Lightfoot.

Beck, the city’s interim chief inspector, said the public health orders were not advice.

“They are a legal mandate and violation of this legal mandate is a criminal offense,” he said.

“If you violate it, you will be subject to a quote, a fine of up to $ 500, and if you continue to violate it, you will be subject to physical arrest.”

The mayor further said she would enforce compliance when it came down to it. She said the police would be used to close large gatherings when it comes down to it.

“If people don’t take this as seriously as they need to, I won’t hesitate to put all the levers at my disposal to force compliance if necessary,” she said.

Over the weekend, large crowds of people were seen in public, including near Chicago's Lake Michigan (above), as they took advantage of warmer temperatures

Over the weekend, large crowds of people were seen in public, including near Chicago's Lake Michigan (above), as they took advantage of warmer temperatures

Over the weekend, large crowds of people were seen in public, including near Chicago’s Lake Michigan (above), as they took advantage of warmer temperatures

The Mayor of Chicago is now also considering completely closing the city's parks and famous lake

The Mayor of Chicago is now also considering completely closing the city's parks and famous lake

The Mayor of Chicago is now also considering completely closing the city’s parks and famous lake

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Charlie Beck, acting police chief

Charlie Beck, acting police chief

Mayor Lori Lightfoot (left) and acting police chief Charlie Beck (right) gave the grim warning on Wednesday that the city would no longer tolerate people gathering in public places

She is now also considering completely closing the parks and the city’s famous lake.

Lightfoot said the drastic action would come as people gather “like it’s just another day,” despite staying at home.

“We remind everyone that while it is acceptable to leave your home to go for a walk near your home and to buy food and supplies, you should stay home as much as possible,” she said.

“You can’t go on long bike rides, walk, run along the lake where you will get together with many other people. The same goes for neighborhood parks and especially playgrounds.

“The longer we do not follow this order, the longer this crisis will last, the sicker people will become and the heavier our health care will be burdened.”

In the United States, about half of the population is affected by those at home in at least 18 states.

The US death toll has now risen to 1,035 with more than 69,000 confirmed cases.

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