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Monday, 27 April 2020 23:15

CO, NV Join West Coast States in COVID-19 Working Group

Written by Derek Draplin, The Center Square


Colorado and Nevada have joined West Coast states in a working group aimed at gradually reopening their economies while continuing to combat COVID-19. 

Colorado and Nevada join California, Washington and Oregon, which were already a part of a regional approach to lifting stay-at-home restrictions, in the “Western States Pact.”


The pact says it agrees on principles for “gradually modifying” their stay-at-home orders so their economies can begin to safely reopen.
Colorado’s stay-at-home order expired April 26, as the state transitions to a new safer-at-home order that takes effect April 27.


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement the state has “important information to share with and to gain from other states.” 


“There’s no silver bullet that will solve this pandemic until there is a cure so we must have a multifaceted and bold approach in order to slow the spread of the virus, to keep our people safe and help our economy rebound,” he said.


Colorado’s new safer-at-home order allows retail businesses to begin offering curbside service April 27, and will allow in-person service starting May 1. The new order also allows non-critical businesses to begin letting 50% of their workforce return starting May 4.


Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, whose state’s stay-at-home order extends until at least April 30, said joining the pact is important for his state’s economic recovery. Nevada, which relies heavily on tourism, has seen 343,000 initial unemployment claims in a five-week span.


“I’m honored to have the State of Nevada join the Western States Pact and believe the sharing of critical information and best practices on how to mitigate the spread, protect the health and safety of our residents, and reopen responsibly will be invaluable as we chart our paths forward,” Sisolak said. “Millions of visitors from our fellow Western states travel to Nevada every year as a premier tourism destination, and this partnership will be vital to our immediate recovery and long-term economic comeback.”

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