Governors Create Advisory Boards and Begin to Outline Plans for Phased Reopening

Governors Create Advisory Boards and Begin to Outline Plans for Phased Reopening

As the region enters the third month of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northeast governors have begun to announce their plans for a phased reopening of their state economies. Several governors have formed Advisory Boards, comprised of health officials, business leaders, and state and local government officials, to study how and when states can safely reopen. Some of the key segments the boards will focus on over the next several months include public health, economic impact, education, and community support. The governors continue to collaborate with each other to ensure a smooth regional recovery strategy.

Generally, to begin reopening their economies, governors need to see ramped up testing, a decline in hospitalizations, stockpiling PPE, ensuring tracing, isolation and quarantine procedures are in place. Also a key part of reopening will be continuing social distancing as well as wearing face masks.

Governors from seven Northeast states have announced a multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for PPE and Medical Equipment. Read more here and here.

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We’ve compiled some recent stories and links to the various state activities around reopening their economies below.

Connecticut

Maine

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New York

Rhode Island

Vermont

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