Colorado's Democratic governor defends move to reopen

“What we know is that what matters a lot more than the date that the stay-at-home ends is what we do going forward, and … how we have an ongoing, sustainable way, psychologically, economically, and from a health perspective, to have the social distancing we need at workplaces, where people recreate, and across the board,” Polis replied.

“Otherwise, if we can’t succeed in doing that on an ongoing basis, the stay-at-home was for nothing,” he added. “It doesn’t accomplish anything, if it’s not replaced with practices that are sustainable for the weeks and months that it’s likely to remain with us.”

How quickly and broadly to lift lockdowns and permit businesses to reopen has been a flashpoint amid the pandemic as several states move to reopen.