TRI-STATE (WEHT)- For about a month, the tri-state has been under a stay at home order closing many businesses and altering how others run.
Wednesday governors from Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois all discussed the possibility of reopening the states.
As Evansville prepares for the reopening of the economy one thing it is facing is an unknown timeline. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said Tuesday he plans to take guidance from the state when it comes to reopening the city. Right now, there’s no date set.
Stay at home orders due to COVID-19 in the tristate have been active for almost a month. This is causing people to ask, when might we get back to normal? Tri-State governors say the date is dependent on a few things.
“If you look at it in terms of where we are right now we’re still letting and will always be in the situation were letting the data drive our decisions,” Governor Eric Holcomb says.
“We’re going to rely upon the epidemiologist and the scientist to tell us what social distancing measures, What stay at home measures we need to keep in place in order to keep the population from having a spike in COVID-19 infections,” Governor JB Pritzker explains.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says the amount of COVID cases will play a role in determining when the Hoosier state is ready. But it won’t be all at once.
“In terms of how we will re-open or reengage on the economic front it’ll be a rolling gray open it will not be all at once it won’t be like flipping a light switch,” Holcomb says.
Holcomb says he’s working with governors in Kentucky and Ohio on reopening plans and has reached out to Pritzker and the governor of Michigan.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says this partnership will continue since the states sharing borders will play a roll in the potential spread of the virus.
“First of all we do this thoughtfully. We do it thoughtfully to make sure we don’t see every emergence of the virus and regionally it is so critical,” Governor Beshear says. “We’ve got to make sure that we are working together to make sure that one area is not on top of the bars and the other one brings it in. And vice versa.”Other
mayors in the tri-state say they also plan to follow their state’s guidelines. Now President Trump says he’d like to be able to reopen the nation’s economy by May 1st. But governors in the Tri-State say data and the growth of the virus will play a big part in the reopening.
(This story was originally published on April 15, 2020)