President Donald Trump said he will unveil guidelines to relax stay-at-home rules on Thursday, citing signs that the coronavirus outbreak is plateauing in parts of the country, Bloomberg reported.
“The battle continues, but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases,” Trump said Wednesday at a Rose Garden press conference. “These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country, which we’ll be announcing — we’re going to be talking about that tomorrow.”
Trump has been eager to ease social-distancing measures that have caused businesses nationwide to shutter, costing more than 16 million Americans their jobs in the past month. But it isn’t clear that states — or their residents — would follow a federal move to ease guidelines so people could return to work.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump spoke with more than 200 leaders from nearly every corner of the U.S. economy in four calls to seek input on reopening the country.
Executives from the finance industry told the President that more testing for the virus would have to be in place before people would be comfortable returning to work, Bloomberg added.
The coronavirus has infected nearly 620,000 people in the U.S., leaving more than 27,000 dead.