Here’s President Trump’s plan to reopen America

President Donald Trump gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out “a phased and deliberate approach” to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.

As millions of Americans stay home in response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump on Thursday provided the first glimpse of what things will look like as they gradually transition back to normal.

The president has presented governors with a set of guidelines, dubbed “Opening Up America Again,” that provides a blueprint for resuming ordinary activities incrementally, depending on how hard states and regions have been hit.

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“Governors will be empowered to tailor an approach that meets the diverse circumstances of their own states. Every state is very different," President Trump said Thursday during the Coronavirus Task Force briefing.

As the Associated Press reports, the guidelines aim to lift restrictions in areas with lower transmission rates, while keeping them in place longer in the places feeling the brunt of the outbreak.

Each phase includes benchmarks of sustaining a decrease in cases over a 14-day period and a “back to normal” for hospitals.

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“It appears that the President has taken a middle ground and a very thoughtful ground. Some were concerned: Was he going to extend the guidelines? Others were concerned: Was he going to order the reopening of the economy?” said News4Jax political analyst Rick Mullaney. “It’s going to take some time, but I do think the [resident was trying to nudge the economy towards reopening, and he’s placing it squarely with the governors in terms of that timing for that reopening.”

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Kent Justice co-anchors News4Jax's 5 p.m., 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights and reports on government and politics. He also hosts "This Week in Jacksonville," Channel 4's hot topics and politics public affairs show each Sunday morning at 9 a.m.