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Mayor calls for liquor code change to aid restaurants

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Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty says he’ll ask aldermen Tuesday to authorize liquor code changes that would permit restaurants switching to “grab-and-go” service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to sell liquor to go as well.

Most liquor licenses in Evanston now restrict restaurants to sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises only.

Hagerty said the “grab-and-go” solution for restaurants suffering from the loss of dine-in traffic “is really smart.”

Hagerty said another late addition to Tuesday’s special meeting agenda would authorize the city to postpone water shutoffs for people who’ve lost their jobs because of the response to the coronavirus and defer collection efforts on various city fines.

“We’re not going to shut anybody’s water off now,” he added.

The mayor said the count of Evanston residents who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 remains at two as of today.

One of those is an employee at the Northwestern University registrar’s office.

Two other people who have Evanston connections but don’t live in the city have also tested positive for the disease. They are a worker at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a person who attended services at the Unitarian Church in Evanston.

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