CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago leaders say it’s not only safe for workers to return to downtown offices, it’s also critical for the city’s survival.

World Business Chicago and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago held a roundtable Tuesday morning to discuss workers returning to their downtown workplaces.

They stressed how critical it is to get the 600,000 people worked in downtown buildings pre-pandemic to get back into their offices.

Starting next week, several major downtown buildings, including the Merchandise Mart and the Wrigley Building, will be hosting clinics to get employees vaccinated.

“Even if you can work from home, and many have and have figured it out, think about the shops you walk by from the train to the bus to get to the office and how many of those people need us,” said David Casper, CEO, BMO Financial Group. “As a bank that promotes commerce it’s a bit of our responsibility.”

Downtown Chicago, empty and quiet during COVID pandemic, tries to imagine its future

Some companies are looking to bring back their employees after Memorial Day.

Thirty five percent of the state is fully is vaccinated and health officials are looking for every way possible to boost that.

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