Protecting public health and reopening the economy go hand-in-hand.
These are not competing objectives, they are one and the same.
We can only effectively restart our economy when we have a clear plan to protect public health, so our businesses and schools have the certainty they need to get back to work.
It's not a short-term shutdown that is so economically devastating -- most of Europe goes on vacation for the entire month of August and the EU economy does not collapse -- livelihoods are being decimated by the profound uncertainty about the future (
how long will this go on?!!
), and the lack of any real safety net or job protections for the many millions of workers who have lost their incomes.