NEW DOCUMENTS Lay Out Guidelines For Re-Opening America

Moments ago, Fox News obtained documents from the White House that lays the groundwork for re-opening the American economy after the devastation caused by the Chinese Coronavirus.

President Trump and the task force are set to go live with more details at 6pm EST, but here is a sneak peak of the plan (via Fox News).


The Trump administration has issued new guidelines for states, individuals and employers on how to gradually revive activity and ease up on social distancing in areas where coronavirus cases are on the decline.

The guidelines were distributed to governors Thursday and are published under the headline “Opening Up America Again.” They follow concerns voiced by President Donald Trump about the need to get more people back to work and to shopping as millions of Americans lose their jobs.

The guidelines are in three phases, but before the state or region can start with phase one they must first have a downward trajectory of documented COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period and a robust testing program in place for at-risk health care workers.  Other criteria include a downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period and hospitals having enough protective gear for their workers and enough beds, ventilators and other needed supplies to treat all patients.

The guidance affects certain employers differently. For example, schools and organized youth activities that are currently closed, such as daycare, should remain closed. The guidance also says that bars should remain closed. However, larger venues such as movie theaters, churches, ballparks and arenas can operate but under strict distancing protocols.

Also under phase one, vulnerable individuals such as elderly people and those with underlying health conditions should continue to shelter in place. Individuals who do go out should avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in places that don’t provide appropriate physical distancing. Trade shows and receptions are cited as examples.
The guidelines also recommend minimizing nonessential travel during phase one.

The guidelines say nonessential travel can resume, however all vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place. When people go out in public, they should avoid social settings with more than 50 people when appropriate physical distancing is not practical. 
Employers in phase two are asked to continue to encourage telework when possible and to close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate or they should enforce “moderate social distancing protocols.”

Schools and daycare can reopen. Bars may open but should leave less room for people to stand around when possible.

In this phase, vulnerable individuals can resume going out in public but should practice physical distancing. Visits to senior care centers and hospitals can also resume, though those who interact with residents and patients must remain diligent about following good hygiene practices, namely washing their hands frequently. Meanwhile, low-risk populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments. Employers can resume unrestricted staffing of worksites. 

There is no set timeline for moving through each of the three phases.  President Trump just presented these three phases live on TV in the last hour.

You can download the full PDF here.

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