RALEIGH – At a press conference to update citizens on the COVID-19 pandemic panic Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper again acknowledged the need to reopen North Carolina’s economy and reinstate the economic liberty of business-owners snuffed out by his shutdown decrees. He’s has a taskforce, but it is heavy on public health and light on economic health.
Despite the governor’s obligatory acknowledgement, the conditions for reopening, and the manner in which he plans to do it is still a mystery.
Critics have pointed out the downside of including one business representative on Cooper’s COVID-19 taskforce.
Even so, Cooper’s 2020 opponent for governor, current Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, is calling on the governor to release whatever plan they have for reopening North Carolina’s economy.
“It is time for Governor Cooper to have a sense of urgency to reopen our economy and allow people to return to their livelihoods.
The Governors of South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, among others, have all announced their plans to safely reopen their states.
Governor Cooper has yet to release his plan. He has repeatedly stated that he is waiting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and testing from the federal government before he does so.
With manufacturers of these products right here in North Carolina, we need to stop waiting and provide for ourselves as other states have done.
North Carolina must have a sense of urgency to reopen. We can do two things at once – protect lives and livelihoods. The citizens of our great state deserve nothing less.”
Instead, we’ve got mobile goal posts and maximum uncertainty about the future livelihoods of North Carolinians. Where’s the plan?