Statement from Rep. Peter Abbarno on governor’s latest reopening plan

Gov. Jay Inslee announced several changes Thursday to his “Roadmap to Recovery” phased reopening plan, including moving the Puget Sound region (King, Snohomish and Pierce counties) and the West Region (Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston and Lewis counties) into Phase 2.

Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, who represents the 20th District, which includes Lewis County and parts of Thurston, Cowlitz and Clark counties, had this response:

“I am encouraged by the governor's announcement that the Puget and West Regions can move to Phase 2, allowing many businesses to open for in-person services, including restaurants at 25% capacity. While this is very good news for Southwest Washington counties like Lewis, Thurston, and Grays Harbor, it reinforces the arbitrary and subjective basis for the governor's reopening plan.

“I'm disappointed our other counties, including Clark and Cowlitz, have been left behind. That means our small businesses in those areas will continue to struggle and many people will remain without jobs.

“Again, I call on the governor to move all counties to Phase 2 and base future reopening decisions on the real science and transmission data.”


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