Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced a 9 p.m. curfew on liquor sales in Chicago effective Thursday.
Lightfoot said at a press conference today that the curfew was prompted by the fact that "too many individuals and business were violating the stay at home order" at the press conference that was provided to CNN by affiliate WGN.
"Far too many have been congregating at stores that sell alcohol, especially in the evening hours," Lightfoot said.
The new order gives city police the power to "further curb non-compliance" through fines, arrests, and the revocation of liquor licenses, Lightfoot announced.
The city has already issued "significant citations" to eight businesses for violations of existing orders, Lightfoot said.
Interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department Charles Beck said that the city's officers have dispersed over 2,000 groups since the start of the city's public health orders.
"Last night was our zenith, our highest level of dispersals, at over 300," Beck said at the press conference.
"We've done enforcement, we've done warnings, we've written tickets, and we've made arrests, now its time to limit opportunities," Beck explained.