Q&A: What Trump’s ‘Opening up America Again’ plan may mean for you

Gates stand locked outside the closed Manchester City Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, northern England, as the English Premier League soccer season has been suspended due to coronavirus, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Gates stand locked outside the closed Manchester City Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, northern England, as the English Premier League soccer season has been suspended due to coronavirus, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Jon Super) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

President Donald Trump unveiled new guidelines on Thursday meant to help states loosen their social distancing restrictions.

The three-phase “Opening up America Again” plan is aimed at clearing the way for an easing of restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus while keeping them in place in harder-hit locations.

Here are answers to key questions you may have:

When are states allowed to start re-opening?

Trump said the target for states that are ready is May 1 and that date came in consultation with Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, medical leaders of the administration’s coronavirus task force. Trump described the two doctors’ sign-off on May 1 date as a “negotiation.”

“It was a little bit of a negotiation that that’s the way it should be,” Trump said. “I guess, I hope it is that way usually, but we all do want to see things open.”

White House officials stressed that there is no timeline for rolling out this plan. However, governors who feel they meet the guidelines can move into Phase 1 as of Friday.

What does the first phase of the reopening suggest?