Governor announces reopening plan

Friday, May 1, 2020

On Friday the governor released details for a phased opening of Washington state's economy. We enter Phase 1 tomorrow with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order continuing but several additional business sectors are opening up, including landscaping, auto dealers, curbside retail and others along with construction and outdoor recreation. The governor said he will make a data-driven decision on when to move to Phase 2 in the coming weeks.

Along with other leaders from Spokane, I have advocated for some regional variation on the opening of the economy if it is safe to do so. I was pleased to see that the governor listened and included some regional variation options in his plan. Several smaller counties with no recent COVID-19 cases will be able to go to Phase 2 now and other counties with few COVID-19 cases may have this option sooner than the rest of the state if case numbers stay low.

Please click here to see the full plan.