President Trump told governors on a conference call today that he wants to begin to reopen the U.S. economy on May 1. He called on governors with low coronavirus numbers to begin to reopen their economies on May 1, with the caveat that states should go at their own pace.
“You states with beautifully low numbers, let’s get your states open and get back to work,” Trump said, according to one person on the call and one person familiar with the call.
The White House distributed a document of guidelines for “Opening up America Again” that offers proposed phased reopenings in states or regions that meet certain “gating” criteria. It includes metrics around cases, symptoms and hospital capacity.