Effective today, Chicago is entering a 30-day stay-at-home advisory, with the Chicago Mayor advising families to cancel their in-person Thanksgiving plans.
"You must cancel normal Thanksgiving plans, particularly if they include guests that do not live in your immediate household," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
The advisory is part of a series of new measures called the "Protect Chicago" strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19. The new measures will take effect at 6 a.m, and last for a minimum of 30 days.
As part of the advisory, Chicagoans are asked to only leave the house for work or school or essential needs, which include getting medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, getting takeout food or to receive deliveries.
"No visitors should be in your home unless they're essential workers, like home healthcare or education workers," Lightfoot said.
In addition to the stay-home advisory, city officials set a 10-person capacity limit on indoor and outdoor meetings and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, birthday parties and business dinners.
The capacity limits do not apply to retail stores, fitness centres, movie theatres and other industries already under specific capacity guidelines.
Public health department Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady on Thursday said the risk of not following the strict social distancing restrictions is that the city could be on pace to have 4,000 positive coronavirus cases a day by Thanksgiving. Some coronavirus modeling projections show that more than 1,800 Chicagoans could die by the end of the year, city officials said.