Coronavirus US live: Cuomo announces plan to reopen New York and other states
Washington, Oregon and California said they would work together to establish a west coast plan to reopen the economy.
In a joint statement, Washington governor Jay Inslee, California governor Gavin Newsom and Oregon governor Kate Brown said they would prioritize residents’ health when deciding how to ease “stay at home” orders.
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“We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies – one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business,” the statement said.
The governors also made clear that they would not allow politics to drive the decisions about reopening the economy, while Trump reportedly looks to open the economy by the end of the month, despite concerns from health experts.
The governors’ statement comes shortly after New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced several Northeast governors are forming a working group to determine when to reopen the economy.
The governors of six Eastern states will cooperate on reopening.
The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware said on Monday that they would work together to plan for reopening the region’s economies, schools and other important elements.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said that health and economic officials from the six states were starting work immediately on coming up with strategies for easing restrictions that have brought much of daily life to a halt.
The governors, all Democrats, emphasized the importance of acting in concert so that the actions of one state did not inadvertently hurt another, or cause the outbreak to flare again.
“We can put together a system that allows our people to get back to work,” Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut said.
Asked whether the collaboration among the states was a rebuke to the President Trump, who has said the decision about businesses reopening was his to make, Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey said only that he was focused on making decisions based on facts and science, and he reiterated that an economic recovery was inextricable from a public health recovery.