Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines Through End of April

President Trump during the coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Source: Pete Marovich/The New York Times

Date Published: March 29, 2020

Source: The New York Times

President Trump, at the recommendation of public health officials, has extended federal recommendations that all Americans continue social distancing measures until the end of April, and potentially into the early summer. This is in contrast to his initial plan to re-establish a “normal” way of living by Easter on April 12th. Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, along with other public health officials, are estimating 200,000 deaths in the United States even with current measures in place. Some governors continue to clash with President Trump over social distancing guidelines and the shortage of ventilators and personal protective equipment. Despite public concern that the President would quarantine New York, New Jersey and Connecticut after announcing it as a possibility on March 28th, he clarified that this was merely a possibility and currently there is a travel advisory urging individuals against nonessential travel but no quarantine in place.

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Summary by: Helen Genis