City Will Be Watching Bars, Restaurants Around Wrigley For COVID violations

CBS 2's Tara Molina reports Wrigley Field will soon become a mass vaccination site, but on Opening Day, the city of Chicago will be watching to make sure establishments don't violate COVID restrictions.

Video Transcript

IRIKA SARGENT: The city announcing late today part of Wrigley Field will be used for a mass vaccination site. Gallagher Way, just to the west of the ballpark, will be turned into a clinic. That's where we find CBS 2's Tara Molina. And Tara, it opens very soon.

TARA MOLINA: Really soon, Irika. Thousands can start getting vaccinated at this site starting Monday, April 5, just days after Opening Day for the Cubs. That's coming up this Thursday here at Wrigley Field.

Advocate Aurora Health will run the mass vaccination site here at the American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way. Ready to handle 2,000 doses a day by appointment only, starting April 5. Just days after baseball and fans return to Wrigley Field Thursday. With 20% allowed back inside-- that's 8,294 masked Cubs fans-- excitement is building here. But with that excitement comes a message from the city: a warning.

ROSA ESCARENO: Baseball's here, but do not let your guard down.

TARA MOLINA: Rosa Escareno, the city's commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection, told me this already went out to all bars and restaurants in this area.

ROSA ESCARENO: Wear your mask. Be seated at all times. And that social distance is so important.

TARA MOLINA: With COVID-19 cases on the rise in young adults 18 to 29. Opening Day and fans in Wrigleyville will have this office's eyes on them all day Thursday. City enforcement that we're told will continue through the season.

ROSA ESCARENO: They know what we are expecting of them.

TARA MOLINA: There's a second mass vaccination site opening up at Chicago State University. They'll be able to accommodate 1,200 walk-ups and 1,000 drive-throughs for six days a week. Those also are appointment-only. We're told both sides will have appointments opening up on ZocDoc near the end of this week. Reporting live outside Wrigley Field, I'm Tara Molina, CBS 2 News.