Re-Opening the Economy

California and other states are evaluating the best strategies for re-opening their economies following comprehensive Stay-at-Home Orders.


Academics, public policy makers, business leaders, and think tanks are also proposing re-opening frameworks.  Several examples of this work are displayed below.


On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Governor Newsom provided an update on the lifting California's Stay-at-Home Order.  In addition, the Governor launched a statewide survey on physical and environmental adaptations that can make workplaces safer and protect our communities.

On Friday, May 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) invited small business and workers to participate in the DOL’s “Opening America’s Workplaces Again National Online Dialogue.” Through this dialogue, the public can provide input on how to reopen America’s workplaces safely. The comment period ends May 7, 2020. 

  • The national survey on Opening America's Workplaces Again:   

  • Business Letter to Governors:  The California Business Roundtable and the California Manufacturing Technology Association, among others, sent a letter to the Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington, outlining key principles for re-opening the western regional economies. Other signatories include the Association of Washington Business, Washington Roundtable, Oregon Business & Industry, and Oregon Business Council.

    • Principle 1 - Business must help lead the recovery

    • Principle 2 - Expectations must be clear

    • Principle 3 - Employer concerns must be resolved

    • Principle 4 - Businesses – and individuals – should be allowed to return to work as soon as reasonable safety standards can be met

    • Principle 5 - Different sectors or regions may need different strategies and timelines

    • Principle 6 - The hardest hit industries should receive additional support and consideration

    • Principle 7 - Worker retraining should occur sooner rather than later

    • Principle 8 - Reviving our economy, and building strength for the long-term, must become a priority



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