1st Ward Ald. Daniel La Spata answers questions on Zoom. East Village Association membership meeting Oct. 5, 2020 via Zoom; Presiding: Michelle Hayward, vice president Chicago's eased COVID-19 restrictions this month do not sacrifice public health, insists Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st Ward). "There was actual data behind them," including a drop in COVID-19 cases, La Spata told EVA members Oct. 5 via Zoom. City inspections quickly brought a few businesses into compliance with early reopening guidelines. Residents need to do their part to stay safe, but mask wearing is not targeted for enforcement.