The state’s approach to reopening the economy must be data-driven and only occur if there is adequate personal protective equipment and testing.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in a Friday address to the commonwealth laid out several criteria that will guide the state’s gradual process of reopening the economy. Wolf emphasized the importance of COVID-19 testing and data and called on the state legislature to work with him to pass a wide array of relief measures to help businesses and individuals.
“Over the next few weeks we will need to continue our social distancing efforts while we continue to plan for a phased reopening,” he said. “There is no magic wand to wave to get us back to where we want to be. I will work every day to repair the damage this virus has caused.”
Wolf did not attach a timeline to the reopening plan, but said at least a few more weeks of heavy social distancing will be needed. He said he hopes to have more details on the plan next week.
The state’s approach to reopening the economy must be data-driven, Wolf said, and only occur if adequate personal protective equipment and testing are available. He said there must be a monitoring and containment system at the ready, and that unnecessary large gatherings will remain banned until further notice.
Gov. Tom Wolf at a March 12, 2020 briefing on coronavirus response. (From the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office)
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