The atmosphere in downtown Naperville the Thursday heading into the July 4 long weekend appeared relaxed and untroubled, not unlike a typical weekend evening in the city’s central business district.

People dined alfresco with groups of friends as masked servers and hosts greeted them, though rarely were the faces of those walking around on downtown sidewalks and the Riverwalk path covered with masks despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control still recommends that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public and around people they do not live with, particularly when it’s difficult to stay at least 6 feet from others, whether inside or outdoors. Following the guidelines helps to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which can be spread through the inhalation of droplets from an infected person, the CDC warns.

Naperville and other Illinois towns are in the fourth of a five-phased Restore Illinois plan, which allows indoor and outdoor seating under restrictions at restaurants and bars, gatherings up to 50 people, and some reopening of movie theaters, zoos and museums.

Picture Source: Erin Hegarty / Naperville Sun

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