Ohio says May; the U.K. says June. When is the right time to re-open?

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 20Jun2018

Political leaders will re-open their states or countries at some point in 2020. The overarching question is when is the right time to do it?

A real-time experiment is about to play out. Today, Ohio governor Mike DeWine, who has garnered praise from liberals and conservatives for how he’s guided his state through coronavirus, announced his state will begin resuming normal operations on May 1.

As WBNS 10-TV reports,

“We must get Ohio’s economy moving again. We must get people back to work.”

DeWine added that the state wants to get those people back to work with some reopening on May 1 as the current stay-at-home order ends that day.

It does seem to always be about the economy with Republicans, doesn’t it? Setting that aside and in fairness to DeWine, he did warn people in his state that the beginning of the new month will not mean previous precautions need to be ignored.

Meanwhile, at least one world leader thinks May might the wrong month to take the first steps on the path to normalcy. And that means the United Kingdom remains the United (Closed) Kingdom.

As the Guardian notes,

Dominic Raab has warned the public that lockdown measures could last into June as ministers came under increasing pressure to set out a detailed plan to ease the stringent restrictions.

Setting out plans for a minimum three-week extension to prevent a deadly “second peak” of infections, Boris Johnson’s stand-in said that any relaxation now would “substantially increase the number of deaths”.

Comparing one U.S. state to the entire U.K. might have an apples to oranges feel. Nevertheless, the stark differences in messaging today offers citizens of at least two countries a study in contrast into when doors ought to re-open.

Seattle universities scale back ACT, SAT requirements

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports universities in that city are scaling back the ACT and SAT tests as part of the admissions process.

Other schools in the region have begun de-emphasizing standardized testing in their admissions process as well. Beginning in fall 20201, Seattle University will join a growing list of of schools that are test optional in an effort to “build a more inclusive admissions process.” The administration was considering this action before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted testing schedules.

The test-optional policy will not only apply to undergraduates taking the SAT and ACT, but also graduate students with GRE and GMAT requirements.