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Illinois Gov. Pritzker joins other Midwest governors in partnership to reopen economy

According to a press release from Gov. Pritzker's office, Missouri is not part of the partnership

CHICAGO — Several governors in the Midwest announced a regional partnership to reopen the economy.

According to a press release from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, he along with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that they will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.

“We are doing everything we can to protect the people of our states and slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are eager to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused in our region. Here in the Midwest, we are bound by our commitment to our people and the community. We recognize that our economies are all reliant on each other, and we must work together to safely reopen them so hardworking people can get back to work and businesses can get back on their feet,” the governors said in the release.

“Today, we are announcing that Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Kentucky will work in close coordination to reopen our economies in a way that prioritizes our workers’ health. We look forward to working with experts and taking a fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protect families from the spread of COVID-19,” the release said.

“Our number one priority when analyzing when best to reopen our economy is the health and safety of our citizens. We will make decisions based on facts, science, and recommendations from experts in health care, business, labor, and education.”

Officials said they will look at the following four factors when determine to reopen:

•             Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations.

•             Enhanced ability to test and trace.

•             Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence.

•             And best practices for social distancing in the workplace.

“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region. This doesn’t mean our economy will reopen all at once, or that every state will take the same steps at the same time. But close coordination will ensure we get this right. Over time, people will go back to work, restaurants will reopen, and things will go back to normal. We look forward to working together as one region to tackle this challenge together.”

Gov. Pritzker's daily press conference is set for 2:30 p.m.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson is holding a press conference at 3 p.m. and plans to address the ‘stay-at-home Missouri’ order.

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