By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: The White House (Information and Press Release):
United States of America: President Donald Trump has announced during a press briefing on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 new federal guidelines for “Opening Up America Again” following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our country has suffered, the world has suffered. One hundred eighty-four other countries have suffered. Therefore, my administration is issuing new federal guidelines that will allow governors to take a phased and deliberate approach to reopening their individual states,” said President Donald Trump.
The new federal guidelines will be in a three-phased approach based that aims at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in harder-hit locations, and help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.
“The members of the White House coronavirus task force today, join the president to meet with my partisan group of members of the House and of the Senate to get their counsel on the development of what the president unveiled to America’s governors this afternoon. The new guidelines for opening up America again are a product of the best science and the best common sense that the president has marshaled on this team, and from a broad range of advisors from all across the nation,” said Vice President Mike Pence.
Before proceeding to “phased opening” in the new federal guidelines, the White House says a state or region should reach several criteria before advancing from one phase to another.
** The following is what criteria a state or region should reach before advancing from one phase to another: **
- Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period
- Downward trajectory of COVID 19-like syndromic cases within a 14-day period
- Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period
- Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period
- Hospital capacity to treat all patients without crisis care
- Robust testing program in place for at-risk health care workers, including antibody testing
There is no set timeline for moving through each of the three phases.
President Donald Trump said that the recent trends in some states were so positive that they could almost immediately begin taking the steps laid out in phase one.
** The following is the phases in the new federal guidelines for “Opening Up America Again”: **
- Phase 1: For instance, the plan recommends strict social distancing for all people in public. Gatherings larger than 10 people are to be avoided and nonessential travel is discouraged.
Once that criteria is reached, the White House says all vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place, and individuals should minimize non-essential travel.
Employers should encourage teleworking whenever possible, and if possible, return people to work in phases.
Non-essential work travel should be minimized, and employers should consider special accommodations for vulnerable populations.
Vulnerable individuals such as elderly people and those with underlying health conditions should continue to shelter in place.
Individuals who do go out should avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in places that don’t provide appropriate physical distancing, for example trade shows and receptions.
Schools and organized youth activities that are currently closed, such as daycare, should remain closed.
Bars should remain closed, however larger venues such as movie theaters, churches, ballparks, sporting events and arenas can operate but under strict distancing protocols.
In states and regions that satisfy the criteria a second period of time, they can further relax.
- Phase 2: People are encouraged to maximize social distancing where possible and limit gatherings to no more than 50 people unless precautionary measures are taken. Travel could resume.
In phase two, states and regions that meet the bulleted criteria, vulnerable populations should continue to shelter in place.
Non-essential travel can resume, however all vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place.
Employers in phase two are asked to continue to encourage telework when possible and to close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate or they should enforce “moderate social distancing protocols.”Schools and daycare can reopen.
Schools, day cares and camps can reopen.
Bars can operate but with diminished standing room; leaving less room for people to stand around when possible.
When people go out in public, they should avoid social settings with more than 50 people when appropriate physical distancing is not practical.
- Phase 3: Envisions a return to normalcy for most Americans, with a focus on identification and isolation of any new infections.
In phase three, vulnerable individuals can resume going out in public but should practice physical distancing.
Visits to senior care centers and hospitals can also resume, though those who interact with residents and patients must remain diligent about following good hygiene practices, namely washing their hands frequently.
Meanwhile, low-risk populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.
Employers can resume unrestricted staffing of worksites.
** You can view and download the 18-page document of the Trump’s Administration’s “State Reopen Guidelines” plan by clicking on the link below: **
** You can also find more information regarding the Trump’s Administration’s “State Reopen Guidelines” plan can be found at the following website: **
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