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Statement Regarding Governor Abbott's Plan to Open Texas

Published Apr 27, 2020 by A.J. Mistretta

Statement Attributable to Bob Harvey, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

“We appreciate Governor Abbott’s leadership during this crisis and the positive steps he took today to reopen the Texas economy safely, sustainability and successfully.
Make no mistake, businesses have a vested interest in getting this reopening right, and we are confident business leaders will take the necessary steps to safeguard their employees, customers, and the public at large.  For business to resume, employees and customers, in particular, must have confidence that businesses are operating safely.  It is critical that we move forward carefully, as a resurgence of COVID-19 in Houston would be highly detrimental to our long-term recovery, not to mention the overall wellbeing of our community.  
Throughout this crisis, the Governor and local leaders have been led by public health considerations, and it is clear those considerations are still paramount. We are especially encouraged by the Governor announcing the formation of a statewide testing and tracing program. As local public health authorities begin standing up an enhanced testing and tracing program, it is important for the state to provide a coordinated framework and support.
We will continue to work with Houston business leaders, trade associations, and other chambers of commerce to develop and share best practice guidance to companies as they safely reopen their operations.”

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