Reopening after coronavirus: 2 more states join Western states' coalition on reopening

ByAlix Martichoux KGO logo
Monday, April 27, 2020
Newsom announces plan to reopen state amid COVID-19 crisis
California's Governor Gavin Newsom releases criteria for easing social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Nevada and Colorado announced Monday they'd be joining the Western States Pact by California, Oregon and Washington to reopen their economies amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Governors Steve Sisolak and Jared Polis made the announcement in a joint press release. The governors, all Democrats, say the five states share the vision that "health outcomes and science - not politics" will guide their decisions to reopen and ease stay-at-home orders.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month the Western states would be coordinating a phased reopening together. He emphasized the timeline to reopen in California would be based on progress of six key indicators:

  • Expanding testing and doing contact tracing for those who test positive
  • Being able to protect California's most vulnerable populations, including seniors, homeless individuals and those with compromised immunity
  • Ensuring medical facilities are equipped to handle potential surges
  • Working with research hospitals and other research partners to pursue therapies for the virus
  • Making sure businesses, schools, and other public spaces can continue physical distancing
  • Being able to return to more strict measures, as needed

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Gov. Newsom said he'd be updating the public on California's progress on the fifth indicator and how business sectors may be able to phase in reopening in a press conference Tuesday at noon. We'll be streaming the press conference live on, Facebook and YouTube.