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Chicago Mayor Threatens Jail For Ignoring Stay-At-Home Order: 'We'll Shut You Down'

Democrat Lori Lightfoot issues harsh warnings for residents amid coronavirus pandemic

 on 3rd May 2020 @ 2.00pm
chicago mayor issues harsh warning just weeks after she flouted lockdown orders by getting a haircut © press
Chicago Mayor issues harsh warning just weeks after she flouted lockdown orders by getting a haircut

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened residents who are ignoring the government's stay-at-home orders with citations and arrests.

Lightfoot said gatherings of between 50 and 150 people were broke up by Chicago police after a tip-off on Saturday, according to ABC 7.

During a press conference on Saturday, Lightfoot warned:

"We will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we need to, we will arrest you, and we will take you to jail."

On the subject of gatherings, Lightfoot added:

"This frankly doesn't come as a surprise, given the warm weather. We've all been cooped up."

 we will shut you down  we will cite you  and if we need to  we will arrest you  and we will take you to jail   lightfoot said © press
'We will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we need to, we will arrest you, and we will take you to jail,' Lightfoot said

"We all miss our friends, and we all want to go outside and gather in groups," she added.

"However, those aspirations simply cannot become a reality in the middle of a pandemic."

"If you host a party, promote a party, or go to a party, we are not playing games."

"We mean business, and we will shut this down one way or another," she said, NBC Chicago reported.

"The time for educating people into compliance is over. Don’t be stupid," she continued.

"We’re watching you, and we’re going to take decisive action."

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 we   re watching you  and we   re going to take decisive action   ligtfoot said © press
'We’re watching you, and we’re going to take decisive action,' Ligtfoot said

But despite the Mayor's harsh warnings, last month she was caught flouting the city's social distancing measures by getting a haircut, despite ordering the public to "stay at home."

An image emerged online of her posing with her hairdresser in April.

Lightfoot and her hairdresser are also stood shoulder-to-shoulder - ignoring advice to keep six feet apart - while neither of them is wearing a mask.

Lightfoot also faced backlash for signing an executive order last month for giving coronavirus benefits to all immigrants, refugees, and illegal aliens.

Several programs have been launched by the city of Chicago to assist residents financially during the e COVID-19 pandemic.

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