Lightfoot tells CPD to be ready for large public events this summer

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday confirmed that her office has discussed security plans with police for potentially large summer events.

This comes as the number of coronavirus cases are dropping and vaccination rates are going up. Lightfoot noted that the city’s positivity rate is the lowest it has been since the start of the pandemic.

The mayor stressed that the return to large summer events will be based on COVID metrics.

“Summer comes to Chicago, so we want to make sure that we’re prepared for any eventuality,” she said.

The city was on virtual lockdown early in the pandemic, and the mayor closed lakefront parks and beaches as a way to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

This week, Lightfoot said the city has made plans to reopen public amenities that include playgrounds and swimming pools.