The Trump Administration’s guidelines for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic are set to expire April 29th— and it very well could be the last we see of them.
Oh Wednesday, administration officials signaled that the strong federal social distancing guidelines would be relaxed as states begin to reopen their economies.
“Frankly, every state in America has embraced those guidelines at a minimum, or even done more, and now our focus is working with states as governors, like Gov. John Bel Edwards, unveil plans to open up their states again,” Vice President Mike Pence said as he and other task force members met with President Donald Trump and Edwards, a Democrat, in the Oval Office Wednesday.
Trump added that the current guidelines will be “fading out,” as states begin to reopen.
There have been more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and nearly 60,000 fatalities so far, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Trump, who initially introduced the guidelines in mid-March, later extended nationwide social distancing guidelines for another 30 days at the end of the month, an abrupt back-down from his push at the time to reopen the country.