REPORT: States reject Trump calls to reopen economy by Easter

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BY TEAM DML / MARCH 25, 2020 /

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Democratic and Republican governors, as well as local officials, are pushing back against President Trump’s signals that he wants to restart the economy by Easter, warning that ending strict social distancing practices could put millions of lives at risk.

Governors have ordered residents to practice those distancing procedures, to varying degrees. Many have ordered residents to stay at home, ordered nonessential businesses closed and banned gatherings of all but a few people.

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And several say they will keep those orders in place even if Trump rolls back the few national restrictions he has put in place.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) said the state would not put the economy ahead of public health and would make their own decision.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) said he hopes “the president’s right,” but the state plans to keep restrictions in place “longer than two weeks here.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said the state would not likely be “in any way ready to be out of this in five or six days or so, or whenever this 15 days is up,” a reference to the administration’s 15-day restrictions to slow the rate of infection, which will be over at the end of the weekend.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said “people are dying and people don’t feel safe,” therefore the economy would not come back.

“We have to #FlattenTheCurve so that when the wave comes, it’s not as big as it would have been and we are prepared for it. We are going to get our economy back, but we have to get through it, protect as many lives as we can, and then move forward. I’m looking forward to that day, but it’s not here yet,” DeWine tweeted.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said reopening businesses would risk lives.

“No American is going to say, accelerate the economy, at the cost of human life,” Cuomo said. “Because no American is going to say how much a life is worth. Job one has to be save lives.”

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) said her priority is keeping Oregonians safe and that Trump had made it clear that “difficult decisions” like stay-at-home orders would be in the hands of governors.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said he had no expiration date in mind for the stay-at-home order he issued to Californians.

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