Kentucky Partners with Neighboring States Regarding Reopening Economies

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Andy Beshear announced his partnership with surrounding states is growing. Beshear announced Thursday Kentucky is joining Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, along with Indiana, and Ohio.

Even though this is a coordinated effort, each governor will ultimately make their own decision regarding their state’s plans. Beshear says the collaboration will lead to a more effective opening of different parts of the economy. 

“We owe much of our success in flattening the curve in Kentucky to the sacrifices our families are making. And while we continue to aggressively battle COVID-19, the moment we can begin to take action to reopen parts of our economy, we must do so in a way that ensures every sacrifice made is not squandered,” the Governor said. 

Beshear said no decision has been made on when Kentucky will reopen but said the decision will be made with the expertise of public health leaders.  

The governors in the new alliance are:

  • Tony Evers, Wisconsin
  • J.B. Pritzker, Illinois
  • Tim Walz, Minnesota
  • Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
  • Eric Holcomb, Indiana
  • Mike DeWine, Ohio

Beshear will continue regular calls and planning sessions with neighboring governors and other leaders during the coming weeks. As actions are taken, the governors will continue to provide updates.