İrem GÖL -TDO- The US states Colorado, Mississippi, Montana and Tennessee will join other states in lifting of lockdown restrictions, as economists predict an unemployment rate of 16% or higher for the month of April. Iowa will allow elective surgeries to resume and farmer markets to reopen starting Monday. Tennessee restaurant can welcome customers at 50% capacity, and retail stores can reopen under the same guidelines.
Health experts warn that increased human interaction in the reopened state economies could spark a new wave of infections with the virus that has already killed more than 54,300 Americans. Such re-openings go against a University of Washington model suggesting that no state should open their economies before 1 May and many should wait much longer.
The states are preparing to go back to business without the testing and contracting infrastructure health experts say is needed to prevent a resurgence of infections. Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska and South Carolina have already taken steps to restart economies following a month of government-ordered lockdowns. A record 26.5 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March.