Can Chicago cancel Thanksgiving? Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed for new rules: 'Thought America is land of freedom'

'Last week the mayor of Chicago celebrated Joe Biden’s election win in a street party. Today she announced the city of Chicago is going back on lockdown Monday,' a user wrote


                            Can Chicago cancel Thanksgiving? Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed for new rules: 'Thought America is land of freedom'
Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Getty Images)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new round of social distancing rules on Thursday, November 12 after spikes in Covid-19 cases suggested, that the city could see another 1,000 people dead by the end of the year. Lightfoot issued the stay-at-home 'advisory' and put a 10-person limit on social gatherings in the city and urged the residents to "cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans."

The order is expected to last for a period of 30 days at least, with city officials telling Chicagoans to “cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations.” The new guidelines mean individual residences are no longer recommended to follow the six-people or less policy and instead ask people to limit in-house guests to “essential workers” only, such as healthcare workers or childcare providers.

“If we continue on the path we’re on and you and me and others don’t step up and do more, our estimates are that we could see 1,000 more Chicagoans die from this virus by the end of the year,” the mayor said in a statement Thursday. Though she has not shut down any businesses at this time, people are being advised to only leave their houses for work, to attend school, seek medical care, buy groceries and prescriptions or to pick up takeout food.

When questioned why she chose not to shut down the "non-essential" businesses, she replied “This is a progressive step. I hope we don’t have to go any further than this.” “If the possibility of 1,000 more people dying in the city in the next seven weeks doesn’t grab you by the throat as it did me when I started seeing that modeling, then there’s little we’re going to do to move you,” she added.

As soon as her statement came in light, people started slamming her on social media, as one Internet user said, "I thought America is a land of freedom, why all these unnecessary restrictions......even here in Africa we are dealing with many tyrants, no leader have restricted us like democrats want to restrict Americans." Another one notoriously expressed, "Chicago you might be Canceling your Holiday Turkey’s but I’m not canceling mine, I’m having a house full of people and more food than you could ever ever eat with homemade dessert, I’LL be thinking of you."



 



 

Accusing her to "monger" fear amongst the people, one said, "Yea, she’s right there with Michigan’s Governor, in cancelling holidays & fear mongering!!" Challenging the government one said, "Nothing will stop us from being with our families. Sorry but government will not control us"



 



 

While some slammed her for attending a Halloween party herself and said, "But she can plan a Halloween party and request $20k in overtime pay from police to keep her block safe during it. Thankfully CPD blew the whistle to the media and she canceled. Rules don’t apply to her." Another one shared the news with an added information, saying, "Last week the mayor of Chicago celebrated Joe Biden’s election win in a street party. Today she announced the city of Chicago is going back on lockdown Monday." Another one said, "Lord have mercy. Chicago Mayor Gets to the Point: Cancel Your Thanksgiving Plans" One angry Netizen wrote, "Maybe they should cancel her a** out of office." While another one wondered, "I wonder if she will do the same. I would bet not."



 



 



 



 



 

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