Lollapalooza 2021: Cleanup in Grant Park begins as Chicago officials defend new music festival’s COVID protocols

CHICAGO (WLS) — Lollapalooza has wrapped up and cleanup is underway as Mayor Lori Lightfoot…

CHICAGO (WLS) — Lollapalooza has wrapped up and cleanup is underway as Mayor Lori Lightfoot defends the celebration and the COVID-19 protocols that were being in put.

The huge concern continues to be, with 100,000 people today right here a working day, will the 4-working day competition lead to another town shut down?

Monday early morning, crews are clearing absent the trash at Grant Park, but the true concern just isn’t what was remaining powering, but what could lie in advance.

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For 4 days, massive crowds, flooded Lollapalooza, raising concerns the audio competition could switch into a “super spreader.”

“It started on Thursday. The next couple of days you could possibly see scenarios. I imagine by future weekend we’re most likely going to be having a superior strategy about how significantly transmission transpired mainly because of Lollapalooza,” claimed Dr. Robert Citronberg with Advocate Aurora Health and fitness.

On Sunday, Mayor Lightfoot famous that hundreds of thousands of individuals have currently attended activities due to the fact the city fully reopened in June, such as Cubs and Sox video games and smaller festivals.

“We’ve been in a position to open but do it with treatment because of the vaccinations,” she mentioned. “So I truly feel really superior about what we have carried out. Obviously, we’ll know a very little little bit more in a 7 days to 10 times. But we have to hold pushing the fact that the unvaccinated are the people that are at possibility.”

Right now, Chicago is reporting an typical of 206 new instances of COVID for each day and most of individuals hospitalized are not vaccinated.

Despite the uptick, Chicago Division of Community Wellbeing Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady claimed there are no recent plans to shut down the city once more.

“We have no target or recent strategies to shut down Chicago once more, but we want folks, please, after again to step up,” Dr. Arwady stated. “We’ve produced it via this pandemic. Well, so significantly, in particular when you assess what transpired correct at the beginning to after we were capable to get a lot of these mitigations in location.”

The well-liked songs competition swiftly made last-minute changes to admission demands as Chicago COVID cases proceed to rise and as wellbeing officials intention to at the time yet again sluggish the distribute of the virus amid the contagious delta variant.

County well being officials declared Friday a new “universal masking” suggestion, prompting festival organizers to modify their COVID basic safety protocols.

Concert-goers were being required to demonstrate proof of vaccination or a damaging test in order to enter, but adhering to the Friday announcement, organizers pivoted to also necessitating masks be worn in any indoor areas at Grant Park as of Saturday.

Back again at Grant Park, Lollapalooza veteran, Parker Simonaitis, stated he felt totally secure at the pageant.

“They had been checking vaccine cards, rather cautiously,” Simonaitis claimed. “I felt great in the crowds. They were being giving out masks correct at the entrance. I experience like they did as safe and sound as they could and I come to feel coming out as a vaccinated individual very beneficial about what they ended up doing to shield us.”

Chicago officers mentioned there were being a overall of 19 arrests and 102 hospital transports from this year’s festival. There have been 31 arrests and 116 transports in 2019 and 12 arrests and 160 transported in 2017.

One particular of the remaining working day headliners, DaBaby, was pulled from the lineup as of Sunday morning, in accordance to occasion organizers.

In a Tweet, Lollapalooza organizers claimed “Lollapalooza was established on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and appreciate. With that in brain, DaBaby will no for a longer time be executing at Grant Park tonight.”

The rapper posted an apology to Insagram Monday, “to the LGBTQ+ local community for the hurtful and triggering responses” he produced.

“Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the chance to improve, educate, and find out from your errors,” the put up mentioned in aspect. “I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know instruction on this is vital.”

Street closures

-Balbo Generate from Columbus Travel to DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be shut by Friday, Aug. 6 Balbo closure continues to Michigan Avenue on Monday, July 26, 8 p.m. and remains shut via Monday, Aug. 2.

-Jackson Generate from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Generate is closed as a result of Friday, Aug. 6 Jackson closure prolonged to Michigan Avenue on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and remains closed by way of Monday, Aug. 2.

-Columbus from Monroe Road to Roosevelt Highway will be shut Monday, July 26, 8 p.m. by means of Monday, Aug. 2 the closure on Columbus is extended to Randolph Street on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and carries on by means of Monday, Aug. 2. More northbound centre lanes on Columbus from 13th Road to Roosevelt Street will be shut on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and the closure carries on as a result of Aug. 2.

-Ida B. Wells/Circle is closed from Michigan to Columbus on Monday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and continues to be closed through Monday, Aug. 2.

-Monroe Avenue from Michigan to DuSable Lake Shore Generate is closed Wednesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. and stays shut by means of 6:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2.

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