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Holcomb 'thinking early May' for reopening state from coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 4:42 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 16:42:01-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb said Thursday the state could start to reopen as soon as early May.

Holcomb said he’s not being specific about dates, unlike Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. DeWine said Ohio will begin to reopen on May 1.

“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,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said he’s still looking at the data from the coronavirus in Indiana, and the next few days will be very important.

“We want to see this trend hold,” Holcomb said. “We want to see the numbers hold.”

Holcomb also announced Thursday he will work with other governors from the Midwest to reopen the economy. Those other governors are DeWine, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region,” the governors said in a joint statement. “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.”