President Trump gives governors plan to reopen economy, Gov. Holcomb looking at early May

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has given governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out a phased approach to restoring normal activity.

The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in harder-hit locations.

They make clear that the return to normalcy will be a far longer process than Trump initially envisioned.

Federal officials warn that some social distancing measures may need to remain in place through the end of the year to prevent a new outbreak.

Seven Midwestern governors announced, Thursday, that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies, after similar pacts were made earlier this week in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

That announcement covers Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Kentucky. The governors say they will work with experts and take a “fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protects families from the spread of COVID-19.”

During his daily coronavirus update, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said he was looking at “early May” for a gradual reopening of the Indiana economy. Holcomb said he was not targeting an exact date. Holcomb also said the ‘re-opening” would take place in stages, rather than all at once.

All together, the 17 states covered by the three pacts are home to nearly half of the country’s population.


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Donald Ganger April 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm

Are they going to listen to the same “experts” that have got everything wrong so far? They have revised all of the numbers on a daily basis and never admit that they were wrong. They attribute deaths to the virus that are caused by something else so they can get the numbers up and scare people into doing what they want them to do.
The percentage of death in Indiana is less than .0001% so why are we closing the entire state? The total cases are less than .002% of the population. So tell me exactly why we are in a lock down?

Tammy Chambers April 17, 2020 at 7:30 am

Personally, I feel we need to open the states back up. We need to get our economy back up and running ASAP!


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