After over a month of government-mandated lockdowns, several states are reopening today.
Governors are rolling out plans to reopen their economies. While all restrictions are not being lifted, many of the top-level mandates are being eased. Many who have been forced out-of-work will be able to resume business again.
The following stated began the reopening process:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
Why It’s Important:
Most state governors issued “stay at home” orders at the end of March/beginning of April. Based on the direction of the federal government, these orders aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, so hospitals would not be overwhelmed with patients.
But after over a month of a near-frozen economy, the most-dire predictions of this virus have not come true. Some say this was a result of the lockdowns. But many others claim the lockdowns were unnecessary and caused more harm than good.
Nearly 30 million Americans lost their jobs and filed for unemployment. The economy shrunk for the first time in over 4 years.
Now, at least ten governors are seeking a balance between protecting vulnerable Americans while letting others return to work. Most states still maintain a limit to large gatherings, recommend face coverings, and urge the elderly to stay at home.
Among the changes coming this month include the reopening of restaurants, parks, and public services. Though, it appears most schools will be closed through the end of the season.
- Ten states are rolling back their “stay at home” orders this month. Numerous restrictions are being lifted, with more ending later in May.
- The hardest-hit areas still remain mostly locked down, their governors unwilling to ease their rules.
- Many are calling for an end to widespread lockdowns, demanding a balance between public safety and a thriving economy.
Source: Fox News