Federal guidelines on social distancing set to expire today

It is unlikely those federal guidelines will be extended since, on Wednesday, President Trump he announced he will be fading out the rules on Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

Apr 30, 2020, 10:07 AM

Updated 1,482 days ago

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Social distancing guidelines put in place for the country by President Donald Trump to curb the spread of coronavirus are set to expire today.
Those social distancing guidelines were first put in place back in March, originally for 15 days, but the president then extended them for another 30 days to help slow the spread of the virus. The rules included guidance on social distancing, working from home, washing hands frequently and avoiding unnecessary travel.
It is unlikely those federal guidelines will be extended since, on Wednesday, President Trump announced he will be fading out the rules. This comes as some states across the nation begin phase one to reopen their economies amid the coronavirus crisis.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration laid out a three phase plan to reopen the economy, and said the decision on when to move to each phase will be left up to governors and local officials.
Which means, the phasing out of social distancing guidelines, and plans to reopen the economy will differ from state to state.
In New York, the number of coronavirus cases across the state is slowing down, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the number of deaths continues to climb.
Earlier this week, Cuomo laid out a 12 step plan for reopening the state, and that plan operates on a regional basis. "It has numerical circuit breaker that is not subject to personal emotion or desire, but just checks and monitors that infection rate. If there's an increase, circuit breaker stops the reopening at that point," says Cuomo. 
In New York, it will likely be different in each region because the number of cases in upstate New York is much different than southern New York.
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