Across the country, governors have been forming pacts. Those leaders are highlighting the importance of using science and advice from health officials rather than politics to choose when to reopen the economy. Expanded testing, tracking contacts of people who had the virus, improved treatment options and vaccine development are important, they say. However, 43 states and DC have ordered or recommended school closures through end of the academic year.
Note that every state has different approaches to reopening allowing only certain limited categories of businesses or activities to start again. Many types of businesses are only allowed to reopen if they meet certain safety, prevention and testing requirements.