(PatrioticPost.Com)- President Donald Trump has said, from the start, that he intends to minimize the impact that the Chinese coronavirus pandemic will have on the U.S. economy. Trump was forced to cancel plans to reopen by Easter, opting instead to extend the social distancing orders for a further 30 days.
After assembling a new committee focused on reopening the economy, however, the president is now ready to release plans to begin easing restrictions on a state-by-state basis.
Under the “Opening Up America Again” program the president announced on Thursday, state governors would be given the power to ease restrictions and reopen their economies when it appears that the COVID-19 infection rate is under control. President Trump insisted that governors would be allowed to handle the process, but the federal government will oversee progress and offer assistance where possible.
In his daily press briefing on Thursday, the president announced the “next front in our war – opening up America again.”
“America wants to be open and Americans want to be open,” he explained. “A national shutdown is not a sustainable long-term solution.”
He’s right. Over four weeks, 22 million people in the United States have filed for unemployment benefits. After enjoying a booming economy, courtesy of President Trump’s substantial tax cuts, the United States is experiencing the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression a century ago.
There are almost 700,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, and more than 30,000 death so far.
The president’s plan is outlined in an 18-page document that is split into three phases. Each phase must last 14 days at least, according to the document. Phase one is similar to the current lockdown orders put in place across the country. It involves recommending that people avoid non-essential travel, non-essential businesses don’t operate, and people stay at home as much as possible. However, it does allow sports venues and places of worship to open as long as they adopt strict social distancing measures.
When there is evidence that the virus is retreating, phase two allows non-essential travel to start up again. It means schools may begin reopening and bars can reopen but with “diminished standing-room occupancy.”
Finally, phase three is initiated when states see a massive downward trend of people experiencing symptoms of the virus. This will allow “public interactions” to begin again. People will once again be allowed to visit hospitals and care homes, bars can operate as normal, and restaurants and stores may even reopen. However, phase three would still include recommending people avoid crowded spaces where possible.
It is believed that some parts of the United States could be back to normal within a month. Dr. Deborah Birx, who serves on the president’s Coronavirus Task Force, told the press that states should allow for employees to return to work in increments.