On April 21st, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a road map for reopening the state’s economy that could soon permit the return of some elective surgeries, outdoor recreation, and certain construction projects.
In a televised public address, Inslee laid out a plan for certain activities to begin again once COVID-19 cases have dropped enough for the state to better handle future outbreaks of the virus. This means elective procedures and some outdoor recreation could start up again. In the meantime, the governor has partnered with the labor unions and the construction industry to allow limited return to construction with extensive safety measures in place.
This 3-part proposal encompasses enormous statewide testing, teams of workers performing contact tracing, mental health and homelessness resources, and a phased-in reopening of specific establishments while maintaining social distancing.
“We can modify some of these restrictions in the coming weeks, if the health modeling holds up,” Inslee declared. However, “The health of Washingtonians is our top priority.”
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