The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington announced a joint plan as they consider reopening their states from the current stay-at-home orders that have been in place for weeks, though there is no official timetable as of yet.
“I know you want the timeline,” California governor Gavin Newsom
“…but we can’t get ahead of the dream just yet.” Newsom did summarize what such a reopening might look like.
Half-full restaurant dining rooms to start, as a way to promote continued social distancing.
Staff members could be wearing gloves and masks, temperature checks at the door and disposable menus could become commonplace.
“This could become the new normal,” Newsom offered
California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have named their new initiative the Regional Pact to Recovery. It explains how the three West Coast states will ultimately “restart public life and business,” which halted significantly due to the spread of COVID-19.
The three governors outlined a plan that restores personal restrictions, and businesses — including restaurants and bars — previously deemed as non-essential in the wake of COVID-19.
Governor Newsom ordered the nation’s first stay-at-home order on March 19, and followed by both Oregon and Washington on March 23.
The West Coast states were among the first to impose social distancing, and has seen a slowing of the virus in recent weeks.
Yet Newsom declined to offer a firm timeline for a targeted reopening.
The rollout would need to be conducted slowly and in a “precise, targeted, gradual way.”