Days after saying he has "total authority" President Trump is kicking the job back to the states. Saying he's ready to move on to the next phase of the war against coronavirus, Trump is encouraging states to begin what he calls "Opening Up America Again." Noting that the strategy will continue to look after senior citizens and other vulnerable populations, his goal is to allow others to go about doing their jobs.
The focus will on sheltering higher-risk individuals while healthy Americans return to work. Trump argues that businesses shut down the economy to win the war against COVID-19 and that we are "in the process of winning it now."
The White House is recommending three phases for states to reopen from coronavirus shutdowns. The guidelines recommend states only start opening after weeks of downward trends in coronavirus patients or folks with similar symptoms.
The phases will slowly allow healthy people to stop sheltering, while maintaining some social distancing practices.
Eventually, schools can reopen and venues will be able to operate with some distancing protocols.
The final phase would lift stay-at-home requirements for folks who are considered vulnerable. At that point, there won't be restrictions for people going to work either.
As we told you before – the governors of seven states on the East Coast and three states on the West Coast already have established working groups to coordinate the reopening of their regions. No word on how Trump’s notes are changing their plans, if at all,
Source: White House