Today the White House’s national physical (social) distancing guidelines—”15 days and 30 days to slow the spread”—expired, leaving the opening of states now in the hands of governors who are attempting to balance public health guidelines, the realities of testing, and mounting economic pressure to reopen communities. The guidelines, which were not enforced by law, recommended against non-essential travel, shopping trips, and social visits. All social gatherings of more than 10 people were also discouraged. Over the last 6 weeks of the federal social distancing campaign, more than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits, after another 3.8 million Americans filed for benefits last week. The president, who originally wanted the country open by Easter Sunday (Apr 12), said yesterday he planned to start traveling again and wanted to return to campaign rallies. “We’re gonna start to move around, and hopefully in the not too distant future, we’ll have some massive rallies and people will be sitting next to each other,” Trump said yesterday, according to ABC News.

 

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