We are weeks into a global pandemic, aka Ms.Corona, and the government is still begging people to stay at home. Although this isn’t an achievable reality for some as they still need to work and have essential jobs, there’s a large number of people that just refuse to go in the house. I swear every Chicagoan doesn’t need to go to the lakefront to go for a walk or get some exercise. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s move to close all big parks and trails was a necessary step to take in resolving the effects of the virus.
As numbers reach up to 5,000 of those who have the virus in the city, Lightfoot is still working hard to find ways to connect to every Chicagoan and urge them to stay inside. Just yesterday as she stood in the middle of an empty Soldier Field, she announced a new campaign called “We Are Not Playing” which incorporates all of Chicago’s sports teams in educating about COVID-19 and the stay at home order, according to CBS News.
This sports city is obviously saddened as seasons were cancelled and opening days were passed. But Lightfoot employed several of Chicago’s biggest star athletes to speak out on why it is important that we don’t play when it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The Bulls’ Coby White said, “As much as you want to see us play, and as much as we want to play for you, we need your help to get back on the court.” Other players like the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, the Cubs’ Jason Heyward, and the White Sox’s Eloy Jimenz joined in with videos on why it’s important for sports fans to comply with the rules, so the health and safety of Chicago can improve.
Their main message is, “we’re not playing, and neither should you” and it might just be enough for Chicagoans to listen. If Chicago does stop playing, maybe we’ll get our summer back and can turn 2020 around.
By Kyla Hubbard, Senior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School