Georgia’s governor is meeting #ReopenResistance. Washington State is taking a “Strategic Approach.” One expert market analysts suggest all states could reopen in 3 weeks.
Today’s update will focus on the Great American Reopening from the Pandemic of 2020.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, announced that the statewide stay-at-home order would expire at the end of the day on April 26 as scheduled, and then will transition into a ‘Safer at Home’ phase.
Called “Safer at Home,” the phase set to begin April 27 is not an order, but rather a strong encouragement that residents stay at home as much as possible.
Local governments will have the opportunity to implement stricter restrictions, particularly those who may be experiencing an outbreak.
Schools will remain closed during the Safer At Home phase through the remainder of the school year.
It isn’t clear when restaurants will reopen to dining in, but the governor stated he hopes to see those types of businesses open mid-May with strong social distancing practices taking place. It may be based on a county-by-county basis. There are many restaurants and retail stores still open with curbside pickup and delivery.
Georgia mayors alarmed by the governor’s ‘reckless’ plan to reopen the economy.
Governors who are beginning the reopen earlier rather than later are meeting some resistance on the scale generally reserved for President Donald Trump. Perhaps the biggest target of the reopen-resistance is Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
For example, here is what Bess Levin of Vanity Fair had to say about Kemp and his plans.
Front-Runner for Country’s Dumbest Governor to Reopen Essential Bowling Alleys, Nail Salons Friday
Approximately two weeks ago, Georgia governor Brian Kemp made a name for himself when he announced on the steps of his state’s capitol that he was a massive imbecile. Sure, he didn’t use the exact words “Citizens of Georgia, I’ve gathered you here today to announce that I’ve tested positive for an I.Q. of less than nine,” but he might as well have. Because it was then—on April 2, 2020!— that Kemp revealed he had only just learned that asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus could spread the disease.
Additionally, the Democratic mayors in several cities are disinclined to reopen.
The mayor of Atlanta, Georgia’s biggest city, said Kemp’s decision was not based on “anything logical”.
“We see our numbers are continuing to tick up in this state, we see that our deaths are rising,” said Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat. “We have some of the highest asthma rates in the country right here in Atlanta.”
She later issued a statement insisting city residents stay inside.
The Democratic mayor of Savannah, Van Johnson, said ending the lockdown was “reckless, premature and dangerous”.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum interviewed Kemp, and he ably defended his position, noting that the plan is a “measured approach with a lot of different requirements.” The governor noted it wasn’t as if they were tossing the keys to company owners and going back to business as usual. The procedures were developed based on the recommendations of public health officials.
Gov. Inslee outlines the‘ strategic approach’ to reopen Washington state.
On the West Coast, Washington state’s governor has also not yet extended the statewide “Stay At Home” order.
Gov. Inslee on Tuesday outlined an approach to gradually reopen Washington state
The governor did not announce an extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, which is set to expire on Monday, May 4. Nor did he announce an earlier date to reopen.
“It’ll look more like turning a dial than flipping a switch,” Inslee said of the timeline.
Inslee says the return to public life will occur in measured steps, guided by science. He said his office will be transparent about the data it’s using to make decisions about loosening or tightening the Stay Home, Stay Healthy initiative.
The governor said there will be 1,500 workers focused solely on contact tracing by the second week of May. “Somewhat like a fire brigade.”
A list of reopening plans for all 50 states
All 50 states have their plans. For example, being a Californian, this is what I have to look forward to:
There is no set end date for California’s stay-at-home order. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has joined a multistate task force, along with Oregon and Washington, to discuss reopening. He warned that some restrictions, such as masks in restaurants and bans against large gatherings, will stay in place through the summer. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.
Charts show the US could be able to reopen for business in three weeks.
The potential for the United States economy to reopen in a few weeks is now on the table, according to an expert market analyst interviewed by CNBC’s Jim Cramer.
After consulting with Larry Williams, the “Mad Money” host said the renowned market analyst and trader made one of the “boldest contrarian calls” he had ever witnessed as the coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on society. Williams believes that officials could be free to loosen restrictive measures by May 12, or three weeks from Tuesday.
…Williams based his timeline to begin relaxing shutdown mandates on the trajectory the virus took in countries such as Italy, Germany, South Korea and Iran, Cramer said. The outbreaks in those nations share a similar pattern, and it could be a sign that the U.S. could get the crisis under control within the next month, he said.
“Williams is not a wishful-thinking kind of guy. He’s a heavy-hitter,” Cramer said, “and his forecast [is] worth taking seriously.”
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