Seventy local businesses met Thursday night, agreeing to keep serving customers indoors despite a new state order, a Bradley restaurant owner said.

Thomas Spellman, owner of Hoppy Pig, said his restaurant will continue serving patrons inside, defying Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s new order on some regions to cease indoor dining to lessen the spread of the coronavirus.

“We have families. I have forty employees, you know, they have families, they have houses and they have kids and they have to pay for school,” Spellman said. “The government’s not paying for them. We don’t want the government to pay for us. We just want to do business the way we do business.”

This is from Chris Coffey, “70 Suburban Businesses Meet, Agree to Continue Serving Customers Indoors Despite State Order,” nbc chicago, October 23, 2020.