Chicago Implements A 9pm Curfew On Booze Sales
Chicago's curfew on liquor sales will go into effect today, April 9th, and will remain in place throughout the duration of the stay-at-home order.
It seems that, in the opinion of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, buying liquor is causing too many folks to violate the state's stay-at-home decree.
And, the liquor curfew order has some teeth to it. Booze stores that violate it are looking at a $500 fine, arrest, and revocation of liquor and other licenses.
"As with our lakefront closure, we are putting this curfew in place because too many individuals and businesses have been violating the stay-at-home order," Lightfoot said. "While most businesses and individuals have been acting responsibly, the reality is that far too many have been congregating at stores that sell alcohol, especially in the evening hours."
According to the latest statistics released by the city, there have been 21 citations of up to $120,000 in fines to eight businesses for violating the statewide mandate. Additionally, CPD says officers have given 2,033 dispersal orders in response to large gatherings and issued 11 citations to people for not following those orders.
In addition to people congregating at liquor stores, Lightfoot said there have been multiple cases of people hosting gatherings at Airbnb and other rental properties.