Mayor Lori Lightfoot is watching you, Chicagoans.
That’s the theme of memes and tweets after the out mayor announced Thursday that she was closing the city’s lakefront and some popular parks because people weren’t practicing proper social distancing there. All of Illinois has been under a shelter-in-place order for the past several days, allowing only for trips to buy essentials and occasional outdoor excursions, but with distancing.
Crowds at the lakefront and parks led Lightfoot to issue the closure order. “Your conduct, yours, is posing a direct threat to our public health,” she said of Chicagoans who were mobbing the outdoor spaces, Block Club Chicago reports. She also issued an emergency alert via text message, saying, “Do your part: Stay Home. Save Lives.” People who go around barricades to enter the closed spaces face a fine of up to $500 or even arrest.
Her order has now spawned a series of memes, many of them on an Instagram account called @WheresLightfoot, with the mayor Photoshopped into scenes of closures. Some examples:
Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, is the largest with an openly LGBTQ mayor. Lightfoot, elected last year, is a lesbian. She is also the city’s first African-American woman mayor.