West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said if states continue to stay closed, it will lead the country into a depression, and that could cause joblessness, starvation and could cause millions of deaths.
There was "no choice in the matter" but to try and get back to work, Justice said at a news briefing Monday where he outlined more plans for how the state will reopen.
He also discussed how Vice President Pence "nudged" states to get back to work during a call with the nation's governors today.
When asked by a reporter about what Pence said about reopening the economy on the call, Justice said the vice president is encouraging states to start that process.
"You know, there's a real movement to encourage, I'm not going to say push, but encourage more and more and more reopening," Justice said. "And in West Virginia, while it looks like that we're reopening things, you know we are going really slow. Really, really slow compared to a lot of others."
Justice said that starting Friday, guided fishing tours could reopen under strict guidelines.
On May 21, indoor dining at 50% capacity will be allowed, as well as large specialty retailers and some outdoor activities.
Other no-contact outdoor sports facilities, like baseball and soccer fields, will start to reopen on June 8.