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Chicago lifts restaurant capacity cap, okays indoor bar service

The measures will take effect on Thursday, with certain qualifications.


NJ lawmakers ban polystyrene containers, plastic bags

Single-use plastic straws would also be prohibited under the measure, which has yet to be signed into law by Gov. Murphy.

As stories of problems at franchise brands mount, advocates and some regulators call for more enforcement at the federal level.

Eating and drinking places can immediately resume their pre-pandemic operations, including full use of dining rooms.

Capacity caps and most operational limits will be removed on Saturday.

City officials did not set a date for dining rooms to reopen, but said it will come after Sept. 30.

The move comes as the franchise community is awaiting action to overturn last week's bombshell court decision.

The measure would extend through the full reopening of dining rooms. It would not be available to chain restaurants.

The assessment applies to outdoor as well as indoor dining, and calls for measures to offset the inability of diners to wear masks while eating

Measures enacted exclude PPP funds from income calculations and extend $1,000 credits for new hires.

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