Neither men have the final decision on this …
(Biden isn’t a government official)
It will be up to each of the 50 state Governor’s…
42 states have restrictions….
8 do NOT….
The social distancing HAS been the most effective means of slowing the virus across the country …
While Trump may want a ‘all clear’?
Restrictions will need testing and will most likely come in steps….
President Trump said Saturday that he will rely “on a lot of facts and instincts” when deciding whether to recommend that portions of the U.S. economy reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In a phone interview on Fox News’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” Trump acknowledged that the decision would be “the toughest decision I ever made and hopefully the most difficult I will ever have to make.”
“I hope I’m going to make the right decision,” he said. “I will be basing it on a lot of very smart people, a lot of professionals, doctors and business leaders. There are a lot of things that go into a decision like that. And it’s going to be based on a lot of facts and instincts. Whether you like it or not, there is a certain instinct to it.”
He added that the White House would be making an announcement on the subject “reasonably” soon.
Trump has alternated between pushing for the U.S. economy to reopen and deferring to medical experts who have called for social distancing guidelines to remain in place until the U.S. outbreak begins receding.
Trump said earlier this month that the health of the country would take priority over the economy amid the pandemic. Then, at a White House briefing on Friday, the president said he wanted to open the economy “as soon as possible” and would convene an “Opening Our Country Council.“
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, on Sunday unveiled a plan to “safely reopen” the United States, emphasizing that widespread testing availability and a drastic drop in confirmed COVID-19 cases must take precedent before the country takes such a step.
In a New York Times op-ed, Biden wrote that the U.S. must first acknowledge the Trump administration’s failure in its response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“As we prepare to reopen America, we have to remember what this crisis has taught us: The administration’s failure to plan, to prepare, to honestly assess and communicate the threat to the nation led to catastrophic results,” the former vice president said. “We cannot repeat those mistakes.”
Biden’s plan to reopen the U.S. calls for keeping social-distancing restrictions in place until the U.S. begins seeing a significant drop in reported COVID-19 cases. He said that any efforts to reopen businesses should also come after the U.S. establishes “widespread, easily available and prompt testing,” as well as contact tracing programs that protect individual privacy.
In addition, Biden wrote that hospitals and health care providers must be adequately prepared for the virus to reemerge later in the year once economic activity restarts. Hospitals need the staff and equipment necessary and public health officials must conduct proper disease surveillance, Biden said….
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on Sunday expressed measured optimism that parts of the country could begin relaxing stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic as early as next month.
“I think it could probably start at least in some ways maybe next month,” Fauci said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We are hoping by the end of the month we can look around and say, ‘OK, is there any element here that we can safely and cautiously start pulling back on.’ If so, do it. If not, then just continue to hunker down.”…