Western Governors Coordinating on Economic Restart, Timeline Unclear

Published Friday, April 17, 2020

In coordination with the governors of Washington and California, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday, April 14, that she will be taking a science-based approach as she decides how to lift her Stay Home, Save Lives executive order and reopen Oregon business. This comes after a press release on Monday, April 13, from the three governors committing to work in concert to reopen segments of their economies. 

OBI is working with Gov. Brown, in partnership with several dozen other business associations, including our Washington and California counterparts, to encourage a restart to the economy as quickly as possible while maintaining public health standards. Gov. Brown announced this week that she will take a science-based approach as she decides how to lift the executive order. Read more about the framework in this article from The Oregonian. 

Today, Gov. Brown’s Chief of Staff Nik Blosser presented this more detailed framework for restarting the economy to the governor’s COVID-19 economic advisory council. OBI serves on the Council. This outline shows a phased in approach, driven by health metrics and the availability of safety equipment. OBI continues to work with the governor’s office to ensure our members are represented as these discussions move forward. 

In the meantime, let us know how this crisis has impacted your bottom line: communications@oregonbusinessindustry.com. Our members’ experiences will drive our advocacy as we look to the future and a return to normalcy.