The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s announcement regarding additional steps to ease restrictions and reopen Illinois:

“Gov. Pritzker’s announcement of reopening steps provides important guidance that will allow businesses to prepare for greater capacity over the next several months. As the economic engine of the state, Chicago’s businesses require consistency in order to plan how to reopen further, rehire workers and bring employees back to the worksite. This guidance is especially important to small businesses and our tourism, conventions and hospitality industries, which have been devastated by the pandemic with thousands of businesses closing their doors, resulting in tens of thousands of people losing their jobs. While the road to recovery is long, we applaud the governor for outlining metrics and creating a path forward for the business community to get people back to work and jumpstart our economy,” said Jack Lavin, President & CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.