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Trump releases guidelines on reopening economy

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/17/20, 11:00 am

Some states likely will return to normalcy sooner than others as the country continues battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The White House on Thursday released a plan to get Americans back to work safely. President Donald Trump told governors in a conference call on Thursday that they retain the authority to assess the needs and risks in their states.

What will reopening the economy look like? States with declining infection rates and strong testing capabilities can begin a gradual, three-phase process. In phase 1, officials should encourage people to maintain strict social distancing in public. Phase 2 allows people to gather in groups of up to 50. Phase 3 envisions a return to normalcy for most people, while the infected and those who are particularly vulnerable remain isolated. The plan recommends businesses implement temperature checks and use more protective equipment when they reopen. States are to consider new cases, testing, and surveillance data for two weeks before proceeding to the next phase.

Dig deeper: Read the “Opening Up America Again” plan.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Sat, 04/18/2020 05:39 am

    As "they" say, "The devil's in the details." Some states have implemented such draconian restrictions and penalties for not bowing the knee that it is not hard to foresee some pushback. Hopefully this is an unfounded concern.

    I am concerned about the new catch phrase, "unprecedented." It would be interesting to count how many times a day this word flows from the mellifluous lips of our leaders. I suspect that the tally would itself be unprecedented. Only history will tell how, or if, this byword will become a platform for continuing (or reinstituting) significant, unwarranted, and probably unnecessary, restrictions on our freedoms. All of this purportedly comes from the well-intentioned parental concern of our elected, and unelected, politicians and other leaders. They are there simply trying to "protect" us. There is the rub and a reason to remember the example of history. It is not pretty. One can only wonder if our "bold and decisive" leaders have not established new precedents, rationale, policy, standards which, in reality, would be best forgotten, if not turned back a notch. Or several.

    The hope is that any protest or pushback will be peaceful. I fear that this will become one more major test of our nation’s mettle. Will our great Democratic Republic's experiment survive this pandemic and our leaders' attempts to fix it? And what will happen while concurrently we are also testing how socialist we want to become with elections at our door? How deep and strong are our core values, our adherence to the Constitution, and Bill of Rights? Where will our faith, prayers, and God's providence lead us? World history, human nature and our own history, is unsettling. 

    There has always been an elitist sense, not without some warrant, that we commoners cannot really be trusted to make wise decisions. We have seen throughout our history that all too often the only difference between the so called wisdom of leaders and the ignorant citizen is that one of these two groups has the power to control the other…