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Mayor Lightfoot asking celebrities to create PSAs encouraging Chicagoans to stay home

Chicago Tribune - 3/27/2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is asking actors, musicians, athletes and social media influencers with ties to Chicago to create PSAs encouraging residents to stay home and practice social distancing amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

“So I just spoke with the mayor of Chicago, and they really want to urge people to stay home. If you leave the house for essentials, or for food like I do, you have to practice social distancing. That is staying 6 feet away from people. If you have gloves, wear them. We cannot be gathering in big groups,” Chicagoan “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, who appeared on “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and “Dancing with the Stars,” said in a video posted Thursday to Instagram.

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s PSA was posted to Twitter on Friday.

“Hey Chicago, it’s me, Jeff Tweedy, your neighbor. I’m staying home because it’s probably the easiest thing I’ll ever get asked to do to save lives, but it’s also because I want to save lives. I think everyone should stay home. Let’s give our healthcare workers a chance to fight this deadly disease,” Tweedy said.

“Chicago Fire” stars David Eigenberg and Christian Stolte; “Chicago Med” star Nick Gehlfuss; hockey player Brandon Pirri and musician Rob Scallon have posted similar PSAs.

“We are committed to using all of our resources to get this critical message to all communities in Chicago, and expressly thank our celebrity partners for their efforts to help flatten the curve and put this crisis behind us,” a mayoral representative said in a statement to the Tribune. “We have asked them to use the hashtags #stayhomesavelives #flattenthecurvechi in their social media posts as they support the city’s work to promote and ensure compliance with the life-saving stay-at-home order.”

The news comes after “Bachelor” Nation alumni Peter Weber, Kelley Flanagan and Dustin Kendrick were spotted hanging out together on the lakefront Wednesday. The pictures went viral because Weber dumped Flanagan on the most recent season of “The Bachelor,” while others noted that the trio were not practicing social distancing.

tswartz@tribpub.com

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