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.