7 Midwest Govs Sign Pact to Coordinate Virus Reopening
Gov. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio (Joshua A. Bickel/AP)
Thursday, 16 April 2020 03:26 PM
Governors of seven U.S. Midwest states on Thursday said they will work in close coordination to reopen their economies battered by efforts to contain the coronavirus, echoing similar moves made by 10 governors in states on the East and West coasts this week.
The governors for Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky have formed a partnership to work together on restarting the economies in their states, they said in a statement.
“We are eager to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused in our region,” the governors said in a joint statement. “We recognize that our economies are all reliant on each other, and we must work together to safely reopen them.”
“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region,” they added. “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.”
On Monday, 10 U.S. governors said they would band together in two regional pacts to coordinate economic reopening. One group included New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, while the other included California, Oregon and Washington state.
President Donald Trump has pressed in recent weeks for getting Americans back to work soon. He had said he had unilateral authority to end the lockdowns that have strangled the U.S. economy, before backing down following objections to that assertion from Democrats and Republicans.
More than 90% of the country has been under stay-at-home orders with businesses, schools, restaurants and entertainment venues shuttered. U.S. coronavirus deaths rose above 32,000 Thursday, by far the highest in the world.
The Midwest governors in the partnership are Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio’s Mike DeWine, Wisconsin’s Ton