President Trump said Wednesday that new guidelines regarding preventing the spread of coronavirus while reopening the economy will be announced at a news conference Thursday.
Trump announced that data “suggests that nationwide, we are past the peak on new cases,” citing flattening of the curve in Detroit and Denver, new cases declining in New York, and “great progress” in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.
“These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country, which we’ll be announcing. We’re going to be talking about that tomorrow, we’ll be having a news conference tomorrow sometime during the afternoon. We’re going to be announcing guidelines and we’ll be talking about various states and it's very exciting,” Trump said.
As CNN has reported, the new recommendations would mimic the social distancing guidelines the President announced in March and extended at the start of April, while not mandatory, they carry the weight of the federal government and the presidency.
The comments come the same day Trump was told by many business stakeholders that more testing was needed in order for Americans to return to work.