Governors Coordinate Reopening of Economy

April 16, 2020

Today, Governor J.B. Pritzker, in collaboration with Governors Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), Eric Holcomb (IN) and Andy Beshear (KY) announced that they are coordinating efforts to reopen the economy in the Midwest region. The governors noted the following four factors, at minimum, will be closely examined to determine when it is safe to reopen their economies:

  • Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations;
  • Enhanced ability to test and trace;
  • Sufficient healthcare capacity to handle resurgence; and
  • Best practices for social distancing in the workplace.

In a joint press release, the governors said, “We look forward to working with experts and taking a fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protect families from the spread of COVID-19.”