Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in North Dakota on March 11, we have learned much about this disease and about ourselves.
Over the past six weeks, I challenged all of us to let go of being “North Dakota tough” and embrace being “North Dakota smart,” and you have answered the call. In every county, every tribal nation and every corner of our state, you have demonstrated the power of individual responsibility in slowing the spread of the coronavirus
The vast majority of North Dakota’s economy remained open through this crisis. Our success hinged on a low-mandate, high-compliance approach, and North Dakotans have done their part.
We encourage you to embrace the North Dakota Smart Restart plan as a roadmap to a better, safer and healthier tomorrow for employers, employees and customers alike. In the coming weeks, we will continue to visit with industry leaders to plan for reopenings in a smart and collaborative manner.
Despite our ongoing challenges, I remain optimistic that North Dakotans will draw upon our state’s deeply engrained values of personal responsibility, common sense and caring for our fellow residents. We will move forward as one North Dakota – in liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable – and emerge stronger than ever.
ND SMART RESTART Protocols
We encourage North Dakotans to embrace this North Dakota Smart Restart plan as a roadmap to a better, safer and healthier tomorrow for employers, employees and customers alike. This applies not only to those businesses affected by executive orders, but to all businesses as we enter this new normal.