As the number of unemployed Americans reached 22 million on Thursday, President Donald Trump shared his three-phase plan for reopening the country.
FRIDAY, April 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines on Thursday that governors can use to re-open their states amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The national plan lays out three phases that slowly return life to a "new normal" that continues to use some of the most fundamental aspects of social distancing.
"We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time," Trump said during a media briefing Thursday. "And some states will be able to open up sooner than others. Some states are not in the kind of trouble that others are in."
"America wants to be open and Americans want to be open," Trump added. "A national shutdown is not a sustainable long-term solution. To preserve the health of our citizens, we must also preserve the health and functioning of our economy."
Re-opening the country has become a critical goal, as the ranks of unemployed Americans swelled to 22 million on Thursday.