Did Restaurants Open Too Soon?


Herry Lawford

For more than 100 days, restaurants in Illinois were closed to in-person diners due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the state has now entered phase four of its plan to reopen, meaning sitting inside at a restaurant is permitted once again. As restrictions have loosened, some restaurants in Chicago, Springfield and Champaign were packed to the gills over the weekend. On the other hand, last week two county health department directors told us they’re still not comfortable eating in restaurants, even though it’s allowed.

The 21st speaks to a community health expert about the risks that come with public dining. 


Justine Kaplan, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 


Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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