Will County at Medium COVID Risk
Will County has now been moved up at a medium community risk level for COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The change was made due to rising metrics in the region, such as case rates per 100,000 population currently at over 200, last recorded at 239.6. DuPage County had already been moved to the medium risk category, currently showing 365.69 cases per 100,000 population. In the medium-risk category, people at high risk of serious illness are advised to ask their doctor whether to wear a mask or take extra precautions, According to the CDC. There are currently 14 counties in Illinois at the medium risk level, with the rest at low.
Matrix Club gets liquor licenses, no bottle service
The matrix club obtained three liquor licenses, but not its application for bottle service, at the Naperville Liquor Commission meeting on Thursday. The club owner proposed a hybrid model of bottle service where customers would be allowed to purchase the bottles, but trained staff would manage them and pour the drinks, rather than having the bottle open at the table for self-service. The liquor commissioners rejected the idea and instead suggested suspending the request for bottle service until the business had been operational for some time. Commissioners voted in favor of three liquor licenses for the business at 808 S. Route 59. One permits liquor service at the restaurant; another the service of alcohol and spirits before and during performances in the theater space; and the third, to provide alcohol service at catered events. The opening date for the entertainment hall, restaurant and banquet hall has not yet been set.
The exterior seats of the lantern
In other Liquor Commission news, Lantern obtained an extension of its outdoor terrace. The general manager of the downtown Naperville restaurant and bar told commissioners that the extra outdoor seating helped keep the business afloat as the pandemic was at its peak. They plan to adjust outdoor seating, moving tables from Washington Street to Chicago Avenue to better handle service. To accommodate The Lantern’s request, the commissioners increased the number of permits to sit outside the town center on public roads from five to six.
Rt. 59 Road Safety Initiative
On Monday, May 9, Naperville Police will join other northern Illinois law enforcement for a traffic safety initiative along Route 59. Patrols will be with an additional eye on speeding, distracted driving and traffic violations. seat belt, as well as other safety violations. The campaign, dubbed “59 on 9/5” is intended to help reduce the number of accidents along the Rt. 59 corridor. Ten police services as well as the Illinois State Police District 15 will be part of it.
A pint for Kim
The third annual “A Pint for Kim” blood drive will take place this Saturday at the JA Air Center at Aurora Airport. This year, organizers hope to collect 800 pints of blood to set a new state record for single-day, one-location drives. The “A pint for KimBlood drives are being held in honor of Naperville resident Kimberley Sandford, who died in 2020 of a rare cancer. This year’s event will feature free airplane rides, a car show, an inflatable entertainment area, princess visits and live music. Each blood donor will receive ten tickets to a raffle with over $30,000 in prizes as well as a ticket to a free item from one of the event’s food trucks. Registration for a time slot Donating is encouraged, although walk-ins are accepted until 3:30 p.m. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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