Gov. Edwards says, opening the economy will not happen just yet

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“That’s an easier question to ask than answer.”

When it comes to opening the state’s economy Governor John Bel Edwards said, we’re simply not there yet.

“We don’t meet the threshold requirements.”

Per federal guidelines, states must meet requirements in a 14-day period. 

“Although we’re moving in that direction, we don’t have 14 days where all of those metrics moved in the right direction” said Gov. Edwards during his media briefing inside LSU’s PMAC.

The federal guidelines include hospital capacities and case growth, something Gov. Edwards said is still a work in progress.

“I think that by the time we get to May the first, we will be in that situation.”

He said, while many are calling for the economy to re-open, it would be premature to make a decision at this point.

“We’re not going to be successful in reopening the economy if the case is spike again and get out of control and deliver healthcare to people who need it. In fact, that would be worse than if we took this slower.”

As our state government works to make that transition when it’s time. Governor Edwards said, you can expect to see a difference.

“When we do that, it won’t look like flipping a light switch and everything goes back to the way it was a couple of months ago, it’s going to look very different.”

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