20 April 2020 – Governor discusses criteria for re-opening the state

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: Local Government
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans
Level of Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
Lead People/Agency: Governor Raimondo

Overview: Governor Raimondo discussed 6 key questions that had to be resolved before the state could reopen. They were: (1) Has the rate of infection continued to decrease? (2) Will the state have the ability to test and sufficiently track down other potential carriers to “quickly pinpoint a problem” and fend off another major outbreak? (3) Will Rhode Island have enough support in place to protect vulnerable populations and those in quarantine if another outbreak happens? (4) Will hospitals be equipped with enough beds, ventilators and personal protective equipment to handle future surges? (5) Do businesses, schools, child-care centers, churches and recreational spaces have plans for long-term social distancing? (6) Is the state prepared to reimpose restrictions or shut down certain sectors of the economy again if it becomes necessary?
Full details here: https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200420/ri-reports-5-coronavirus-deaths-raimondo-lists-6-lsquokey-indicatorsrsquo-for-reopening-economy/1

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: Raimondo said her guidelines were consistent with the CDCs and those from the White House. She also said she was collaborating with other state officials, notably those from Mass.