What we did getting into this is flip the light switch, but to get out we have to start moving the dimmer switch. 

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State Health Commissioner Predicts Reopening Virginia ‘Will Be a Two Year Affair’, Mockingbird Governors

The first phase of reopening the state of Virginia “will be a two year affair,” State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver said on Friday.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) shared the “blueprint” to reopen Virginia on Friday, dubbed the “Forward Virginia Blueprint,” which outlines a phased approach to reopening the state — an approach embraced by a number of other states.

“We cannot and will not lift restrictions the way you turn on a light switch,” Northam (D) said. “We will do it responsibly and deliberately, and it has to be grounded in data.”

Phase One involves the reopening of certain businesses deemed “nonessential,” requiring them to comply with stringent safety guidelines. It would also continue to encourage face coverings in public, teleworking, and continued social distancing.

State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver claimed the first phase could span two years.



“We can’t think of this like flipping a light switch. It’s like turning a dial. The more disciplined we are now, the faster we can turn it,” Evers said.

Evers, WI Governor


Governor Gordon says ease of restrictions in Wyoming “will not be a light switch”


Governor Mike DeWine
: We don’t want to just flatten this curve. We want to stay ahead of the curve. We are going to have to live with this virus for at least 18 months, which is why we’re building an expansive recovery network.

Governor Mike DeWine

What we did getting into this is flip the light switch, but to get out we have to start moving the dimmer switch. You start back out into society by doing the lowest risk things first, watch how we deal with the spread of infection, then turn the dial a little more.




“I wish I could prescribe a specific date to say that we can turn on that light switch and go back to normalcy,” California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in his daily remarks to the nation’s most-populous state on the coronavirus crisis.


Louisiana governor on lifting COVID-19 restrictions: ‘It’s not going to be like flipping a light switch


Restrictions won’t be lifted like the flick of a light switch, Polis said, but will be more gradual, like a light dimmer.

Colorado Gov


“It’ll be methodical, data driven, rolling, gradual, incremental process. It won’t go 0 to 100, not like flipping a light switch…we didn’t arrive overnight and we won’t get out of the woods overnight,” he said.

Gov Holcomb, Indiana


“Experts tell us it would be dangerous to lift our restrictions all at once. Rather than an on/off light switch, we are viewing this as a dimmer switch that can be adjusted incrementally,” said Governor Cooper.

N Carolina


“It won’t be like a light switch, it will be more like a dial,” Inslee said. “It’s going to be a phased approach. It’ll likely be coming out of this a little bit like we were going in.”

Gov Inslee, Washington


Cuomo NY

“This is not a light switch that we can just flick on and everything goes back to normal – we have to come up with a smart, consistent strategy to restart the systems we shut down and get people back to work, and to the extent possible we want to do that through a regional approach because we are a regional economy.


“I know they have caused economic difficulties and hardships around the state,” she said at an April 14 press conference in Portland. “But this is not like turning on a light switch. It will be done gradually, incrementally and based on science and data.

Kate Brown, Oregon


Experience gleaned from other countries teaches us that we cannot flip the light switch and turn our lives or economy back on too quickly.

Gov Sisolak, Nevada


“It’s not like turning off the light switch and turning on the light switch,” Ducey told reporters during a briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus. “It’s about making the right decisions at the right time.”



“It’s not a light switch, there needs to be a plan that is thoughtful that is good for the economy and safety of the people,” said Williams.

Gov Williams, Idaho


“This will not be turning on a light switch,” Walz said, in response to questions about how soon the state’s workforce can return to normal.

Walz, Minnesota


“This is not like a light switch, that it’s off and now we switch it and it’s on. This is more like a dial,” the governor said, that will reopen the economy incrementally while continuing to protect the health of Utahns. His plan shows a color-coded dial — ranging from red to orange to yellow to finally green labeled “new normal.”

Gov Herbert, Utah


“We want to get things up and going and to do it responsibly. We have to be cautious about how we do that because we don’t want to just flip the light switch and then have another spike in another week.

Gov Reynolds, Iowa


The state shouldn’t “just flip a light switch,” Whitmer said Friday, or it’ll risk having a second wave of the coronavirus and see a spike in deaths.

Whitmer, Michigan


It’s not like a light switch, on or off, it’s more like a dimmer.

Dr Shaffner, Health Commissioner, TN


This is not going to be flipping a light switch on,” Bonnen said. “We must begin with an intelligent, medically-driven strategy to bring business back to life.”

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen


“A lot of people view this as a light switch – you turn it off, you turn it on. Really you should think of it more like a dimmer switch. We are going to have to gradually turn our economy back on — by reducing the restrictions we have had on people being able to be together,” said Byrne, (R) Alabama.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, Alabama






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