Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker releases business guidelines ahead of new reopening phase

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker responds to a question after announcing that three more people have died in the state from from Covid-19 virus, two Illinois residents and one woman visiting from Florida, during a news conference Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEHT)- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker released industry-specific guidelines Sunday as Illinois prepares to advance to phase three of his reopening plan on May 29.

The new reopening phase is expected to bring approximately 700,000 Illinoisans back to work across a variety of different industries including retail, food service, manufacturing, and recreation.

Industry-specific plans can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opporunity (DCEO) website. In addition to those specific guidelines, the DCEO also released a set of guidelines all businesses must follow including the required use of face coverings, social distancing, informational signage, and other safety guidelines.

In a press conference Sunday, Gov. Pritzker says Illinois secured $3.8 billion for hospitals across the state, expanded unemployment eligibility, and expanded access to voting statewide.

However, Pritzker added that the COVID-19 pandemic has “blasted a hole” in the state’s expected income and says the federal government should support state and local governments affected by the pandemic, saying states with Republican and Democratic governors are in the same position.

Pritzker also announced the state’s drive-thru testing centers will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.

You can watch Gov. Pritzker’s press conference below:

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(This story was originally published on May 24, 2020)

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