HKS Authors

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Ethel Zimmerman Wiener Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Henry and Allison McCance Professor of Business Administration, HBS


Given the different impact that the pandemic is having on individual communities across the country, the notion that all workers should be allowed to return to work on one date is unrealistic. Instead, individual states should make that determination. This article lays out a minimum set of conditions that should be met in an individual state and provides steps for how to return people to work in a safe way.


Chandra, Amitabh, Mark Fishman, and Douglas Melton. "A Detailed Plan for Getting Americans Back to Work." Harvard Business Review. April 1, 2020.