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Washington and Oregon Close Restaurants & Bars

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities to temporarily shut down on Monday in an effort to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Later in the day, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also acted to limit restaurants and bars to takeout or delivery service only for at least four weeks starting March 17th.

Grocery stores and pharmacies were excluded from the bans in both states. Restaurants in Washington are also allowed to provide takeout and delivery.

Gov. Inslee said, “These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease. I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities, and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges.”

Gov. Brown also ordered statewide cancellation of all events and gatherings of 25 or more in Oregon. She said, “The actions we take today will save lives.”

The COVID-19 outbreak has killed more than 40 people in Washington state and has been declared a pandemic by world health officials. So far, only one death has been reported in Oregon.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.