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Lori Lightfoot blasts white gays for partying on the beach and ignoring social distancing guidelines

It’s a well-established fact that Lori Lightfoot takes absolutely no shit from anyone.

When the out Mayor of Chicago learned a group of gay men in speedos were ignoring social distancing guidelines and partying on the beach over the weekend, she was not pleased.

It all started Saturday afternoon when someone on Twitter alerted her to what was going on.

“Hey Lori, sorry to bother you,” @brbeeter tweeted at the mayor. “I know the ‘BoYs In BlUe’ are SUPER busy over policing the south and west sides but if they find some free time can they get this mess on the north side at Montrose Beach.”

The tweet was sent at 4:45 p.m. A little over an hour later, at 6:08 p.m., Lightfoot informed everyone that she was taking care of the situation.

First, she shared her own photo of the gathering, along with the caption: “It’s called a pandemic, people. This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront. Don’t make us take steps backwards.”

Then she followed that up with a second tweet letting everyone know, “In case you were wondering, I stopped by to see for myself. It’s being addressed.”

Shortly after shutting down the beach party, Lightfoot ordered fencing to be put up around the area, Michele Lemons, a Park District spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune.

“The Chicago Park District installed fencing at Montrose Beach to deter large gatherings like those observed (Saturday),” Lemons said. “While the lakefront trail is open, Chicago’s beaches and parkland east of Lake Shore Drive remain closed under the Chicago Department of Public Health’s executive order.”

Last week, health officials in Chicago said social gatherings, like Saturday’s beach party, were the leading cause of coronavirus cases in the city.

Related: Lori Lightfoot is all of us when she tells Kayleigh McEnany, “Hey Karen. Watch your mouth.”

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