On a call with the nation’s governors today, state officials were given a packet outlining proposed measures for reopening the economy in three phases, according to state officials and a GOP source.
The packet also outlines the “Proposed state or regional gating criteria” for each phase. It includes when to reopen restaurants, bars, gyms and public spaces and gives guidance for employers, as well as phasing in nonessential travel.
According to one state official, it was a much more conservative and reasonable approach than they thought would come out of today’s call.
The new federal guidelines dictate when states should begin a phased reopening of certain businesses, including a sustained decrease in cases over a 14-day period and a return to pre-crisis conditions in hospitals.
States should have the “ability to quickly set up safe and efficient screening and testing sites,” the guidelines read, and “quickly and independent supply sufficient Personal Protective Equipment” in hospitals.
The phased approach encourages all individuals to continue good hygiene practices like washing hands and “strongly consider” using face coverings in public.
The document encourages employers to enact social distancing, temperature checks, testing and sanitation practices.
In the first phase of reopening, the document suggests schools that are currently closed should remain so. Large venues can operate under strict social distancing protocols. Gyms can open as long as they maintain social distancing guidelines, but bars should remain shuttered.