Trump’s New Three-Phase Plan to Reopen America Leans Heavily on States

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Thursday morning President Trump gathered state governors for a conference call to share his three-phase plan on how America might open it’s doors again.

Trump detailed his plan publicly that afternoon in his daily Coronavirus briefing. The plan seemed to put the responsibility on each individual state, a 180 from his “total” authority comments from earlier in the week. However, Gavin Newsom and other governors who are taking the pandemic very seriously have already laid out their own guidelines and milestones for easing restrictions.

This approach seems to allow those governors who are not being hit hard or are simply not taking the situation seriously to fast track a return to pre-Corona life. Trump announced that the guidelines should be imposed at whatever speed that each state feels is best.

“We think some of the states can actually open up before the deadline of May 1,” Trump said.

Though Trump seems to be determined to get the America economy going again the plan the White House put out does have a few boxes that states much check before even beginning to phase out of stay-at-home guidelines.

These boxes include robust testing capabilities for medical staff, declining flu-like symptoms in the population over a two week period, and declining confirmed cases over a two week period.

The 18 page guide also laid that the states would be responsible for implementing testing, independently suppling PPE, and having plans to protect vulnerable populations and essential workers.

The phases laid out the following guidelines:

Phase one:

Vulnerable people should continue to self isolate

No large gatherings (especially if unable to social distance)

No non-essential travel

Continued working from home

Closing communal work areas

Schools, daycares, bars are to remain closed

Elective surgery, gyms, churches, sit-down dining, movies, and sports can resume under strict social distancing guidelines

Phase two:

Vulnerable populations should maintain precautions

Larger public gathering (50+ people) should only take place when precautionary measures are taken

Non-essential travel can resume

Continued working from home whenever possible

Continued closure of communal work areas

Schools and daycares can reopen

Bars, restaurants, theaters, sports venues, churches can operate with moderate social distancing measures

Phase three:

Vulnerable populations can return to the public but should practice social distancing (including resumed visits to senior care facilities)

Employers are encouraged to resume normal business functions

Large venues can operate under limited physical distancing protocols

Gyms may operate normally if adhering to sanitation measures

Bars may increase occupancy

Though each phase can start to allow some normalcy back in our lives some things seem like they are here to stay. Some of the guidelines were advised for all phases and presumably beyond – or at least until we can find a vaccine. These measures included heavy emphasis on social distancing, sanitation of common areas, normalization of PPE, and even temperature checks.





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