Gov. Wolf reveals plan to reopen PA

Written by on April 17, 2020

Gov. Wolf reveals plan to reopen PA

By Jen Rehill

April 17, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf outlined his plan to gradually reopen Pennsylvania’s economy today – which he described as a “regional, sector-based approach.” 

“We cannot exacerbate the pandemic’s damage on Pennsylvanians and their lives. We need to be careful and deliberate. We need the flexibility to react to new outbreaks,” said Wolf.

Wolf’s plan includes a modeling tool to help public officials decide when it’s safe. 

The outline does not yet include a timetable or many details about the metrics that Wolf and his administration will use to decide that Pennsylvania can begin emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Wolf says more details will come next week. 

He adds, “There is no magic wand to wave to get us back to where we want to be.” Wolf’s plan comes a day after President Donald Trump, pressing to restart the ravaged U.S. economy, gave governors a road map for economic recovery. 

I am offering the framework for a plan to increase wages for all Pennsylvanians, enact better worker protections, expand paid sick leave and family leave, increase affordable, high quality childcare.

Wolf said while the challenges look insurmountable – he’s hopeful that the state will emerge from the crisis as a better place to live and work.

The governor’s “relief and recovery” plan calls for a phased reopening of the state — and says it will be a “targeted, evidence-based and regional approach.” It will include guidelines for businesses, health care facilities and individuals, and rests on the availability of adequate personal protective equipment and testing materials. 

The framework includes higher wages for all Pennsylvanians, improved worker protections including paid sick leave and family leave, and access to affordable, high-quality childcare.

And while the governor didn’t speak to the White House plan for recovery – he said there isn’t one policy or one ideology that can solve all of the problems ahead.

The governor says he will release more details for his plans next week.


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