In the midst of an epidemic of massage china in Chicago, the city’s city health department announced it will be closing its citywide health center.
The city of Chicago will be removing the health center and a large section of the surrounding community on Sunday, May 27th.
The health center, located at the intersection of State Street and Wabash Avenue, was the site of the first massaging salons in the United States.
The health center was the home of the Chicago-based Chinese Medical Society, which has grown to include a massage clinic and a Chinese Cultural Center.
The center opened in 2006 and is now one of the largest in the city.
In an email, the health department said the health centre was shut down for the duration of the pandemic.
The announcement came just days after a Chinese medical group filed a lawsuit against the city alleging it was illegally shut down, claiming the health care center was not fully functioning and had not been inspected by the city prior to the pandemics arrival.
The complaint was filed on behalf of the Medical Society’s director of operations, Huang Shuiyi.
The Chicago Department of Public Health, which manages the city health center as well as several other facilities, confirmed the closing to CNN on Wednesday, May 31st.
The department said it would review the citywide closure and whether there are other options for health care.
The move to close the health facility comes amid the rise of massage parlors and other Asian massage facilities across the country.
The Health Department announced in April it would close the Health Center on Sunday.