June 3, 2020
Chicago’s plans to enter the third phase of its reopening plan on Wednesday will proceed as scheduled, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday. The timing had appeared to be in jeopardy in view of the past weekend’s riots and looting, and a curfew remains in effect citywide.
Lightfoot said she was guided by local chambers of commerce and business owners she met while touring areas that had been hit hard by the violence of recent days, as well as the effects of the 10-week shutdown to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
“Everywhere I went, I asked: Should we open? Or should we delay?” Lightfoot said Tuesday. “And to universal acclaim, emphatically what I heard from people was, ‘Mayor, we have to step forward. We have to open.’”
She added that this sentiment was expressed “even by businesses that may not be able to open tomorrow.”
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