Northeastern Governors Form Regional Task Force to Reopen States Economies

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Six states in the Northeast are working together to form a regional coordinated plan that would allow businesses to reopen their economies once in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Calling the council the “Covid corridor,” the effort led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes five other Democratic Governors Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, John Carney of Delaware and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island. On the conference call Monday, the six governors said they will name a public health official and an economic official from each state to “form a working group that will start work immediately on designing a reopening plan,” while taking into consideration “the public health concerns and issues and the economic reactivation issues and concerns.” The chief of staff from each respective governor will also take part of the group.

“Each state is going to name a public health official for that state, an economic development official for that state,” Cuomo said leading the conference call Monday afternoon. “Those officials will then form a working group that will start work immediately on designing a reopening plan, taking into consideration the public health concerns and issues and the economic reactivation issues.”