HI-EMA chief says time to plan for reopening state’s economy is now

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A handmade sign on the corner of Mohouli Street and Kinoole Street in Hilo thanks heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A woman walks by Abundant Life Natural Foods Wednesday in Hilo.

Gov. David Ige’s point man on economic and nonmedical logistic response to the COVID-19 pandemic told lawmakers Wednesday now is the time to plan for reopening the state for business.