Trump to release 'flexible' guidelines to reopen economy

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It may be later for one state or a county within a state and earlier for others.

Trump said his administration's new federal guidelines will allow governors to start a "phased and deliberate approach" to the reopening of their economies, a strategy "based on hard, verifiable data".

Phase one suggests less restrictive approaches to numerous measures already in place, such as limiting group sizes, and shelter-in-place orders for those deemed vulnerable to coronavirus.

He called on governors with low coronavirus numbers to begin to reopen their economies on May 1, with the caveat that states should go at their own pace. More than six and a half lakh people have been infected here.

The guidelines are not mandatory but have "gating criteria," basically best practice benchmarks, according to the Washington Post.

In the US the confirmed cases of the virus hit 634,975, with deaths totaling at 27,940, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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President Donald Trump announced new proposed guidelines on Thursday for how and when the US economy can reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which include a phased plan for audiences to return to movie theaters.

"However, it is imperative that we act swiftly to ensure the impartiality, transparency, and legitimacy of this valuable institution", said the letter, led by Representative Mike McCaul, the committee's ranking Republican.

"Right now, there is a very coordinated effort amongst the White House and their allies to try to find scapegoats for the fatal mistakes that the President made during the early stages of this virus", Murphy said. "These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country, which we'll be announcing - we're going to be talking about that tomorrow". For employers, telework should be prioritized, but certain employers could start bringing work forces back in phases.

They include some recommendations across all three phases including good personal hygiene and employers developing policies to enforce social distancing, testing and contact tracing.

"We continue to see cases and hospitalisations declining in the new greater New York City area, in New Orleans and Detroit and elsewhere", he said.

Phase 3 would allow workplaces to reopen with no restrictions, and visits to senior care centers and hospitals could resume.

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