Imperial County is working on plan to restart the local economy.
At the County Board of Supervisor's meeting Tuesday , County CEO Tony Rouhotas told the board that work is underway to develop a roadmap to recovery. Rouhotas has met with city managers from throughout the Valley to discuss a recovery plan that will reopen shuttered businesses in a safe manner that meets state and federal guidelines. The Board directed the CEO and county staff to continue their efforts and to include agencies that will be critical to the economic recovery of the Valley. Agencies to be included will represent law enforcement , medical authorities , chambers of commerce , schools and non-profits. According to Rouhotas the safety of all Imperial Valley residents remains the highest priority.
County officials said that efforts must move forward to determine how and when recovery will begin. Many businesses have been closed since March , schools have remained closed and many restaurants are open only for drive-thru or take-out orders. As of last Saturday the county took a first step by reopening county parks and recreational facilities while insisting on social distancing and other safety precautions remain in effect.