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Chicago Announces Eased Coronavirus Business Restrictions

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced eased coronavirus restrictions on city businesses including boosting indoor occupancy levels for restaurants and health clubs.

“Over the past six months, we have asked so much of our business community. But each time, our businesses have stepped up to the plate,” Lightfoot said. “Thanks to this cooperation, we have met this challenging moment with grace, commitment and resilience, and the sacrifices made by our businesses, workers and residents have saved countless lives. This next step in our reopening is good news for business owners as well as the communities they serve and the thousands of residents that work for them.”

The changes come as city public health officials say more than 28 days of slow decreases in coronavirus cases and the COVID-19 test positivity rate. As of Monday, Chicago public officials say the city is averaging about 300 new coronavirus cases per

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Eased capacity restrictions at Central Texas gyms won’t necessarily mean a major boost in business

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is starting to see lower rates of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and because of that, Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday he is relaxing some restrictions over the next week.

Effective immediately, hospitals can begin doing elective procedures again. On Sept. 24, nursing and assisted living facilities can open for visits with certain protocols. And on Monday, many businesses that have been operating at 50% capacity can now expand to 75%—that includes places like restaurants, retail stores, office buildings and gyms.

But some local business owners say even though the state is easing capacity restrictions, other COVID-19 guidelines don’t allow for much growth.

Things won’t look much different at FIT Austin, now that Lateef Johnson can increase capacity from 50% to 75%.

“The capacity is one part of it, but we do keep people

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