On November 17, 2020, all governors in the pact participated in a video urging their citizens to continue social distancing, “mask up”, and take other necessary steps to avoid transmitting the virus over the upcoming holiday season.
The group has agreed to consider four factors as to when to reopen the economy namely:
"Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations"
"Enhanced ability to test and trace"
"Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence"
"Best practices for social distancing in the workplace"
As to why Iowa was not included in the said pact, Governor Kim Reynolds has refused to comment but assured that she "will continue to participate in conversations with nearby governors as we prepare to open the state back up in the coming weeks" according to her spokesperson, Pat Garrett. However, Pritzker said that "Iowa chose not to be part of this." Governors from Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota also reportedly declined joining the partnership.