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Chicago becomes the latest major city to ditch Covid-19 capacity limits

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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**HOLD FOR ALYSSA GOODMAN**Patrons enjoy lunch indoors Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Gibsons Italia restaurant in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago and the rest of Illinois lifted capacity limits on businesses on Friday, declaring their economies fully reopen for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions were enacted last year.

(CNN)Chicago and the rest of Illinois lifted capacity limits on businesses on Friday, declaring their economies fully reopen for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions were enacted last year.

New York, the nation's most populous city, has removed many coronavirus restrictions, but its businesses still have some social distancing requirements, and the city is subject to arena capacity restrictions and special rules for certain large gatherings.

New York's governor has said even those statewide rules will be lifted soon, once the state sees 70% of its adults receive at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.

The chance to fully reopen is exciting, the owner of a coffee shop in Chicago's South Loop told CNN affiliate WBBM.

"A strong economy requires that people not only feel safe, but truly be safe, as they go about their lives as workers, neighbors, consumers, and friends -- and thanks to the lifesaving power of vaccinations, that day is finally here for Illinois," Gov. JB Pritzker said in a news release.

The state has said fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal rules -- such as those for airlines and public transportation -- and local rules.

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