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Daywatch: Lightfoot releases phase 3 of reopening plan, deadliest Memorial Day weekend in 5 years and the search for sitters who will social distance

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a man and a woman sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Four-year-old Tessa Reynolds-Tyler sits on the porch with her mother, Tina Reynolds-Tyler, right, and aunt, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, as they interview Micquel Hart, not seen, as a potential in-home teacher for Tessa at their home May 24, 2020, in Chicago. The coronavirus pandemic has both women working from home, but not enough time to focus on Tessa, so they are seeking help for the summer. © Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Four-year-old Tessa Reynolds-Tyler sits on the porch with her mother, Tina Reynolds-Tyler, right, and aunt, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, as they interview Micquel Hart, not seen, as a potential in-home teacher for Tessa at their home May 24, 2020, in Chicago. The coronavirus pandemic has both women working from home, but not enough time to focus on Tessa, so they are seeking help for the summer.

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Good morning, Chicago. Here’s the coronavirus news and other top stories you need to know to start your day.

Illinois officials on Tuesday announced 1,178 new known cases of the coronavirus and 39 additional deaths, bringing the statewide case total to 113,195 and the death toll to 4,923 since the pandemic began. The state’s Northeast region — which includes Chicago and its suburbs — has a 14.5% positivity rate.

a group of people riding horses on a city street: Chicago Fire Department workers transport a victim from the scene where four people were stabbed near West 77th Street and South Union Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood on May 24, 2020. \n © Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Chicago Fire Department workers transport a victim from the scene where four people were stabbed near West 77th Street and South Union Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood on May 24, 2020. \n

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot releases guidelines for phase 3 of city’s reopening plan

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday announced industry-specific rules for the reopening of restaurants, child care facilities and some industries as part of phase three of Chicago’s reemergence from the coronavirus stay-at-home order.

a man in a suit and tie sitting in a box: In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a news conference at City Hall on May 8, 2020, while Dr. Allison Arwady, left, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, listens. © Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a news conference at City Hall on May 8, 2020, while Dr. Allison Arwady, left, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, listens.

Though Lightfoot has said she expects Chicago to take that step in early June, she has not yet announced a date. Her guidelines come two days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker released his statewide guidelines and said the state is on track to advance to phase three on Friday.

Chicago releases rules for restaurants to reopen, but no date yet

When can Illinois reopen? Check our daily charts on where each region stands.

One way of measuring the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak is positivity rate. For Illinois’ four regions to move to the next phase of the reopening plan, the positivity rate in each must remain below 20%. Currently all regions meet that criteria. Here’s a daily breakdown of where each region stands.

Mayor scolds new police superintendent after Chicago sees most violent Memorial Day weekend in five years: ‘Whatever the strategy is, it didn’t work. … We have to do better’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot publicly scolded her new police superintendent Tuesday for not coming up with a good enough strategy to contain violence over the Memorial Day weekend, the deadliest in five years, though she acknowledged the department is facing its greatest challenge in decades.

‘Windy City Rehab’ host seeks dismissal from Wicker Park couple’s fraud lawsuit

A Wicker Park couple is suing “Windy City Rehab” host Alison Victoria Gramenos over home renovations “perhaps out of a hope” that Gramenos would be “bullied” into paying a settlement to avoid legal fees and bad press, her attorneys said Thursday in a court filing asking for the claims against her to be tossed from the lawsuit.

Summer camps are canceling and parents are scrambling: The search for sitters who embrace social distancing

It’s the question that has vexed Chicago-area parents for months: With no school, uncertainty about camps and parents working remotely, who’s watching the kids this summer?

Many families have found themselves scrambling for options to keep children entertained and the coronavirus at bay.

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