Thursday, April 16, 2020

When Should the Shutdowns End?

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) announced Thursday that the state will begin to re-open on May 1, the same day its stay-at-home order prompted by the Chinese coronavirus pandemic is scheduled to expire. In his daily press briefing, DeWine affirmed the importance of restarting Ohio’s economy to recreate the jobs lost in recent weeks. He also said the state is still forming guidelines for companies that enable their employees to return safely. “We must get this right. If we do not do this right, the consequences are horrendous,” said the governor. “The world that we’re going to see is a different world.” “Barriers, distancing, all the things we have talked so much about. The workplace is going to change,” he added. However, DeWine acknowledged that it will be difficult to say when mass gatherings will take place again. “The thought of kids wouldn’t be able to take their lambs to show is, I think that’s just horrible,” he stated. “It’s something we all have to work through… They’re challenging. That doesn’t mean they can’t be done.” “I will fight just as hard to bring this economy back.. as I have to fight to save lives of Ohioans,” he added. “That is our commitment to you.” Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton joined DeWine in expressing optimism about reopening the state. “Our commitment to you remains very very strong,” said Acton. “We’re fighting every day for your lives and your well-being and your livelihood as well. We know that health is so much more than whether you get sick or not… This has been a very, very trying time for all Ohioans.”

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Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto a bill to reopen many of the state's businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. ⁣ ⁣“As the administration has stated many times, irresponsibly going against the direction of the secretary of health and reopening businesses too early will only extend the length of the economic hardships created by the pandemic,” Wolf spokesperson Lyndsay Kensinger told The Philadelphia Inquirer in an email. ⁣ ⁣The bill passed the state's Senate along party lines on Wednesday, but Republican state legislators do not have enough votes to override Wolf's veto. ⁣ ⁣The state has the sixth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. at more than 26,000.

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