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Gov. Holcomb considers early May as possible reopening of state

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday said he expects Indiana to experience a reopening in early May.

“It’ll be a very methodical, data-driven, rolling, gradual, incremental process,” he said. “And so it won’t go from zero to 100, or it won’t be like flipping on a light switch, where everything is immediately back to normal. We didn’t arrive here overnight and we’re not going to get out of the woods overnight.”

The comments were made during his weekday press briefing.

Holcomb said a number of Midwest states on Thursday “signed on to jointly” make sure that neighbors are informed about the actions the neighboring states Indianapolis News are taking when it comes to the reopening process.

He said Indiana is communicating with Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky.

“We are all thinking about that smart restart, opening of our state in a very gradual, methodical way, if the numbers continue to hold,” he said.

A news release from the governors said at least four factors will be examined when determining when best to reopen the economy:

Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations.
Enhanced ability to test and trace.
Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence.
Best practices for social distancing in the workplace.
Holcomb has also sent a letter to “major associations” in Indiana requesting input, recommendations and suggestions on modifications and changes that can be made to allow employees to feel safe to go back to work. He requested the associations make their Press Release Distribution Service In Indianapolis recommendations by April 22 so the state “can in May hit the ground running.”

Holcomb said he is looking at early May as a possibility of reopening the state.

“I’m not putting a May 1 date out there, or May 2, or May 7 or May 8, but we are thinking early May,” he said.

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