President Trump unveils plan to reopen states in phases

President Trump unveils plan to reopen states in phases
The plan has received mixed reception, with a leading Democrat calling them inconsistent and vague.
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump is pushing hard to reopen the country, despite Covid-19 continues to spread across the US. He has given guidance to the governors on reopening state economies in the coming months.

The guidelines set an outline for three phases for states to gradually ease their lockdowns.

The president promised that the process would be handled by the governors, with help from the federal government.

The plan has received mixed receptions, with a leading Democrat calling them inconsistent and vague.

The US has reported 32,186 deaths and currently has 654,301 confirmed cases, and Mr Trump has suggested some states could reopen this month.

What did Trump say?

In his daily White House briefing in Thursday, Trump declared “the next front in our war – opening up America again”.

He said: “America wants to be open and Americans want to be open. A national shutdown is not a sustainable long-term solution.”

He said that a prolonged lockdown risked inflicting a serious toll on public health and warned of a “sharp rise” in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, heart disease, and other “physical and mental” problems.

Mr Trump told in the briefing that healthy citizens would be able to return to work “as conditions allow”. He said Americans would continue to be asked to maintain social distancing measures and to stay home if they are unwell.

President Trump said US economy would be done “one careful step at a time” but he called on state governors to move “very, very quickly, depending on what they want to do”.

Shortly afterward Trump’s reopen plan gets unveiled, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and a leading Democrat, called the new guidelines “vague and inconsistent”.

What’s the plan?

Trump administration unveiled an 18-page reopen plan document, detailing three phases to reopen state economies, with each phase lasting, at minimum, 14 days.

Recommendations included in all three phases including good personal hygiene and employers developing policies to ensure social distancing, testing, and contact tracing.

Phase one includes much of the current lockdown measures such as not gathering in groups and avoiding non-essential travel. But it says large venues such as sports venues, places of worship and restaurants “can operate under strict physical distancing protocols”.

Phase two allows non-essential travel to resume only if there is no evidence of a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Under phase three, states which are still seeing a downward trend of symptoms and cases can allow “public interactions” with physical distancing and the unrestricted staffing of worksites.

You can see the full plan here.

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