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On Monday, Trump told the American people it was ultimately his decision on when the country would opened back up and not the individual governors. Now, on Friday, Trump has given the power of reopening states to the governors, telling them it is their decision of when and how to reopen. No decisions will be mandatory.
Lawmakers, governors and health officials fear that reopening the country too quick would create an even bigger issue than we already have. Testing capacities for the coronavirus are simply too small. Some states have extended their restrictions until May.
“You are going to call your own shots,” Trump said, according to a person familiar with the conversation. “I’ve gotten to know almost all of you, most of you I’ve known and some very well. You are all very capable people, I think in all cases, very capable people. And you’re going to be calling your shots.”
The White House has created a three-part approach to easing restrictions. The first phase being a sustained decrease in cases over a 14-day period and return to pre-crisis conditions in hospitals. Also suggesting schools that are currently closed should remain so and employees who are able to telework should keep working from home. Large venues, including some restaurants, can operate under strict social distancing protocols. Gyms can open as long as they maintain social distancing guidelines, but bars should remain shuttered.
Phase two and three would gradually decrease the recommended restrictions. If states do reopen, they would need to secure protective gear and medical equipment for hospital. While businesses are advised to come up with their own protocols for temperature checks, protective gear, sanitation and testing.
Trump wants the country back open by May 1.
Written by Clarke Jones