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Trump rolls out US economy re-opening plans

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THE United States President, Donald Trump has unveiled broad new federal guidelines that lay out conditions for parts of the U.S. to start relaxing some of the strict social distancing measures imposed to contain COVID-19 pandemic spread.

Disclosing this in an 18-page plan for “Opening Up America Again,” the president identified the circumstances necessary for areas of the country to allow employees to start returning to back to work; noting that the decision to lift restrictions will ultimately be made by state governors.

“We must have a working economy and we want to get it back very quickly. That’s what’s going to happen,” Trump said at a White House press briefing after announcing the new guidance.

He added that as many as 29 states “will be able to open relatively soon..” We have a lot of states that, through location, through luck and also through a lot of talent … are in a very good position but it could be that sometime in the fall, there could be some flare-ups” of the virus.

Reports indicate that states, which imposed their own containment measures to try to slow the spread of the disease, are not legally required to follow the White House’s instructions but the new guidance nevertheless ramps up pressure on governors to loosen their restrictions, even as health experts and business leaders alike warn that widespread testing systems are needed before Americans can safely start returning to their normal lives.

  According to Trump, “America wants to be open and Americans want to be open. We took the greatest economy in the history of the world, and we closed it in order to win this war. We are in the process of winning now.”

  Reliable sources posit that despite the president saying earlier this week that he believed some states may be able to “reopen” their economies before May, the White House guidelines do not offer any specific dates, rather, the plan lays out three phases aimed at guiding parts of the country to move incrementally toward loosening restrictions on businesses and individuals.

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