Moving beyond the pandemic to build an ‘endemic’ economy | Open

 Moving beyond the pandemic to build an ‘endemic’ economy | Open

A pandemic, by its nature, is chaotic and unpredictable. Over the past 18 months, “unprecedented” has become the norm. Employers and employees were left wondering week after week if they would stay open, close, hire, lay off or even survive.

But as we look to move from economic recovery to growth, we must start building economic and public policies that allow us to live and work safely alongside a virus undoubtedly to become endemic and part of our lives, likely for years to come.

The early and often chaotic national and state response to the pandemic was a main driver in the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. At the same time, Newsom’s decision to later move toward more flexible policies and start building an “endemic economy” helped rewrite public narratives around the state’s COVID-19 response at…

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