President Trump announced a proposed measure to reopen the economy in three phases at today’s daily coronavirus briefing.
“We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” Trump said.
Earlier today Trump gave state governors the proposed plan.
The plan outlines the “proposed state or regional gating criteria” for each phase. It includes when to reopen restaurants, bars, gyms and public spaces and gives guidance for employers, as well as phasing in nonessential travel.
In the first phase of reopening, the document suggests schools that are currently closed should remain so. Large venues can operate under strict social distancing protocols. Gyms can open as long as they maintain social distancing guidelines, but bars should remain shuttered.
The President said that because states are all different, governors will make decisions based on individual needs.
“If they need to remain closed, we will allow them to do that. If they believe it is time to reopen, we will provide them the freedom and guidance to accomplish that task and very, very quickly depending on what they want to do,” he said.
The phased plan also encourages employers to enact social distancing, temperature checks, testing and sanitation practices.
“Based on the latest data, our team of experts now agrees that we can begin the next front in our war which we are calling opening up America again. And that’s what we are doing. We are opening up our country,” Trump said.