By Mark Weyermuller –
The City of Chicago goes on a mandatory lockdown with a “stay at home” order issued by Governor Pritzker starting Saturday afternoon at 5:00 PM. The order allows only “essential” jobs and travel. It looks like more of a voluntary order as hundreds of jobs are exempt.
Grocery stores, liquor stores, hardware stores, hospitals, and restaurants with carry out will remain open. Public transportation, cabs, and Uber will continue to operate, with no road closures. Media is exempt from the shelter in place order.
And just announced, Binny’s Beverage Depot will remain open. So will all Illinois cannabis stores.
Friday there was brisk business at the Sunnyside cannabis shop located at 3710 North Clark Street, just a block north of Wrigley Field.
Outside, there was a line of 65 people stretching around the corner with people keeping a six-foot social distance. It appears the law of gatherings of ten or more does not apply there.Publish
Saturday, there was no line outside, but customers appeared to be going in and out. In addition, the governor changed the rules, so curbside pick up is now available. A friend of mine said, “it’s like the good old days when we bought weed on the corner.”
Today, several grocery stores appeared busy. Yesterday, Walmart in Skokie was pretty normal with no waiting for me in self check out. They had milk, eggs, orange juice, bread, paper towels but no toilet paper. The shortage of toilet paper is very hard to explain.
I estimate 1 in 20 people at Walmart were wearing masks. All employees were wearing gloves but I saw none wearing masks. Walmart has cut their store hours to now closing at 8:30 p.m.