White House Guidelines for Opening American Economy

American flag waving in the wind, cherry blossoms can be seen in the foregroundPresident Trump issued “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again,” a three-phased plan for reopening of the U.S. economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The approach draws from the advice of public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Primarily, the proposed steps assist state and local officials in gradual removal of stay-at-home orders and other quarantine measures.

To begin easing current coronavirus restrictions, state and local authorities must satisfy gating criteria before proceeding to a phased comeback. Specifically, the document outlines viral symptoms prevalence and case trajectories, as well as hospital care and testing facilitation as the primary goals to achieve before following the Guidelines. Furthermore, state and local officials must maintain core preparedness responsibilities, including testing and contact tracing, healthcare capacity, and essential workers’ protection.

Additionally, the document provides specific guidelines for individuals and employers that must be maintained during all reopening phases. Subsequently, each phase represents a measured approach to reopening of certain businesses and social gatherings while maintaining precautions for protection of the most vulnerable residents.

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