Petersen: Not time to randomly open segments of economy

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen

“Governor Reynolds needs to put the health and safety of Iowans first. Iowans don’t want to be used as guinea pigs.

“Iowa is experiencing staggering daily infections, record-high deaths, and it has yet to hit its peak.  This is not the time to try to make people happy by randomly reopening segments of the economy like crowded farmers markets. 

“Governor Reynolds was elected to lead.  That means listening to health experts, sharing all the data and analysis with Iowans, and doing what it takes to protect all Iowans.  Iowans are strong and resilient. We can do hard things and make sacrifices, especially when we know the lives of our neighbors, families and friends are at stake.

“Safely reopening our economy will require a massive scale-up of testing and contact tracing and more social distancing until we begin to flatten the curve.  We need to listen to and follow the advice and guidelines of national health experts to get Iowans back to work and protect the people we love.”