Good for Oak Park’s village government for its 24-hour closure of Cigar Oasis, a North Avenue retailer and gathering spot, after the establishment refused to adhere to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

According to village officials who have been watching activity at Cigar Oasis for some time, the business was allowing too many people into the retail space and it was allowing them to congregate without masks or social distancing in the lounge portion of the space.

As we watch communities around Oak Park give up on enforcement of indoor dining and gathering restrictions, we commend village government for working to protect the health of its residents by taking this deadly disease seriously. 

Sure, everyone has “COVID fatigue.” Tough. Sure, we all feel for our local restaurants and bars. This is miserable and, for some, will be impossible to survive. But at least we are not in the hospital, on a ventilator, or dead. Government is made for these moments. Enforcement is reasonable and appreciated. Good for Oak Park.

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