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.
“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.
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.