Northbrook, Illinois (CBS) Hundreds of people gathered in a hotel party hall on Wednesday, drinking toast to the newlyweds.
But in the midst of a pandemic, how is this allowed? This is what we also wanted to know. So CBS 2 Charlie De Mar headed to the Hilton Chicago / Northbrook to find out.
The wedding at the hotel can be described as a super-spreading event for COVID-19, and on the same day Illinois achieved the grim milestone of 238 deaths in one day – The largest number since the beginning of the epidemic. The nationwide death toll was a one-day record.
The bride entered a room filled with hundreds on her special day. All eyes were on her, and there were no masks to block the smiles.
At the Northbrook Hilton, where they promised a cleaner stay in the era of COVID, we did not see any social distancing at the wedding – and groups of people walking around without masks. Only a small number of people were covered up.
But this wedding was somehow allowed in a prominent branded hotel.
The number of guests is estimated at between 200 to 300, although the state is suspending all private parties and ballroom gatherings.
Photos submitted to CBS show a 2-hour crowded cocktail hour – friends and family hugged and finger-licking appetizers.
So why did the Hilton let this Northbrook happen? De Mar got in from CBS 2 and tried to get answers.
“Is there someone who can explain how it was allowed to happen – hundreds of people here, no masks, no social distancing?” Front desk asked.
We were told that a manager was coming from another location, but an engineer soon arrived – only to leave as fast.
We’ve also reached out to Hilton. They say the Hilton Northbrook is independently owned and operated and cannot speak on behalf of an individual hotel.
On Thursday, the Cook County Health Department said it was investigating the matter.
“We are horrified that this event has been allowed to continue. We are considering hotel citation and investigating our legal options today, ”Rachel Robin, MD, MPH, FACP, Senior Medical Officer and Associate Chief Kiran Joshi, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Officer and Co-President, Cook County Department of Public Health, said In a statement.
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