For Immediate Release:
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Midwest Governors Announce Partnership to Reopen Regional Economy
INDIANAPOLIS — Today, Governors Eric J. Holcomb (IN), Gretchen Whitmer
(MI), Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), JB Pritzker (IL),
and Andy Beshear (KY) announced that they will work in close coordination
to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.
The governors said, “We are doing everything we can to protect the
people of our states and slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are eager
to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused
in our region. Here in the Midwest, we are bound by our commitment to
our people and the community. We recognize that our economies are all
reliant on each other, and we must work together to safely reopen them
so hardworking people can get back to work and businesses can get back
on their feet.
“Today, we are announcing that Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky will work in close coordination to reopen
our economies in a way that prioritizes our workers’ health. 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.
“Our number one priority when analyzing when best to reopen our economy
is the health and safety of our citizens. We will make decisions based
on facts, science, and recommendations from experts in health care, business,
labor, and education.
“We will closely examine at least these four factors when determining
when best to reopen our economy:
• Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations.
• Enhanced ability to test and trace.
• Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence.
• And best practices for social distancing in the workplace.
“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we
work together as a region. This doesn’t mean our economy will reopen
all at once, or that every state will take the same steps at the same
time. But close coordination will ensure we get this right. Over time,
people will go back to work, restaurants will reopen, and things will
go back to normal. We look forward to working together as one region to
tackle this challenge together.”
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