Wedding Professionals Say Some Venues Are Not Following COVID-19 Rules : NPR

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Earlier this year, Curious City answered a question about where new COVID-19 cases were coming from in the Chicago area. At the time the answer was long-term care facilities, essential workers and possibly asymptomatic kids.

But this summer that equation has changed. Chicago and national health authorities have seen a sharp rise in COVID cases among younger people — and many of those cases have stemmed from social events, including weddings.

Chicago Health Commissioner Alison Arwady said “celebratory gatherings … have been the source of significant spread” in the city this summer. And she thinks part of it has to do with a false sense of security people can feel at events full of friends and family.

“It’s quite natural for people to feel that somehow because I love these people or know these people well that

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