With the influx of family vacations and spring-breakers traveling across the country this month, the thought of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak seems to be taking a ride in the backseat for most families still going on vacation. People traveling for spring break could lead to unfortunate side effects as COVID-19 continues to spread across the U.S. More and more people will continue to spread the virus past their community, putting other people at risk for the virus.
To combat the development of an even greater spread of COVID-19, states should think seriously about the benefits of closing the state borders. Not only will bring the further spread of the virus outside of the state to a standstill, but the closing of state borders may even prevent bringing the virus into the state further and will also protect the people of the state.
On the other hand, southern Indiana has close ties to Kentucky. Our communities share an economy as many are employed across the border and will be hard-pressed to find a way to go to work when the border closes. The tourism Louisville boasts bleeds over the Ohio River, where we see benefits across southern Indiana. With the border closed, we will lose these benefits Kentuckiana enjoys, but we must also weigh the risks our communities are faced in the COVID-19 crisis.
I ask that both Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear consider the pros and cons of closing the state border, and what it will mean for our communities and families in all.