As COVID-19 continues to spread across the US, President Donald Trump has given governors guidance on reopening state economies in the coming months. Economies will be open in three phases in which states can gradually ease their restrictions/Lockdown.
Trump three-stage approach to reopen the America meant to revive the U.S. economy even as the country continues to fight the coronavirus Pandemic.
“We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
In the first phaee, Big venues like Movie Theatres can reopen with “strict” distancing measure. Gyms can resume but with proper sanitisation and distancing. Restaurants, Sports stadium, places of worship can open but the conditions are same.
Maintaining social distancing in public place. Gathering of 10 people’s without proper distancing in public places should be avoided.
Schools and colleges to remain closed. Non essential services to be suspended and visits to senior living facilities still not allowed.
In second phase there are more ease in restrictions. Schools and other youth activities can resume. Non essential travel allowed.
Bars can resume with minimize standing areas. Hospitals can start their facilities, but Businesses must promote teleworking of their staff.
Phase three include “unrestricted staffing” at workplaces. Visits to senior home resume. Large venues like Theatre, Grounds etc, can operate with limited distancing guidelines, Bars can increase standing areas.
But Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force who took a lead role in designing the guidelines, said that a “new normal” would remain in place: a need for higher hygiene standards and more space between people to prevent asymptomatic spread of the virus.
The above plan is just a recommendation, States are not bound to follow the recommendation, still decision for opening the economies lies depends on state authorities.
State which met the criteria can step up into first phase of reopening the economy from today. Trump said, Some 29 states would be in a position to re-open soon.
Due to the Lockdown, more than 20 Million people’s in US lost their jobs. Growth rate of the country can go negative. Trump plans to open economies is just a try to save American economy from getting into ventilator.
Although this plan by Donald Trump is criticized by opposition.