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Pritzker Issues Guidelines for Next Phase of Reopening

Gov. JB Pritzker on Sunday released industry-specific guidelines for businesses to reopen statewide under Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. An estimated 700,000 Illinoisans will return to work in the coming days, returning about 20% of state GDP to operation.

The guidelines cover these industries: retail; offices; manufacturing; barbershops and salons; summer programs; various outdoor recreation activities; and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining. These guidelines were posted to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.

“In order to cover as many unique aspects of industry as possible, my administration collected input from hundreds of industry participants across the state and these guidelines reflect the questions and ideas brought to us by businesses of every size, background, and region in the state—and prioritize public health as our guiding light,” said Pritzker. “You can’t build a strong economy if people aren’t comfortable being a part of it.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).