Trump delays reopening the country until April 30

With over 80,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, several states, including California, Illinois, and Delaware, have issued “stay-at-home” orders and imposed lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, President Trump expressed in a press briefing from the White House on Tuesday that it his intention to “ease the guidelines” and open up large sections of the country by Easter (April 12).

Trump and the White House have expressed concern over the adverse effect that lockdown measures will have on the economy, citing that “our country wasn’t built to be shut down.” In the press briefing, Trump emphasized the importance of economic strength, a lack of dependency on other nations, and American borders.

According to epidemiologists, the United States has not yet reached the peak of exponential growth in number of cases, and therefore it will be a matter of months rather than weeks before measures like social distancing should be relaxed. The extent of the crisis is evident in the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, which limit large gatherings for the next eight weeks.

However, following recent consultation with the CDC, Trump has extended social distancing guidelines until April 30, contradicting his original goal of ending them by Easter. This was announced following reports that COVID-19 cases will not reach their peak in the United States for 2 to 8 weeks.