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The Phases for Opening America Again

The Phases for Opening America Again

On April 16, the White House announced that the United States would begin reopening the country in phases that are titled the “Opening Up America Again” guidelines. There will be three phases of reopening, and specific criteria must be met before the reopening process can begin. Each state/region can start in whichever phase is best for them starting on May 1, 2020. We know everyone wants to get back to their normal lives, but we must do it in a safe way to minimize the COVID-19 spread. Here are the White House's three phases for safely reopening the economy.

 

PHASE ONE

ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.

All individuals, WHEN IN PUBLIC (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than ten people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.

Avoid SOCIALIZING in groups of more than ten people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (e.g., receptions, trade shows)

MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

Continue to ENCOURAGE TELEWORK, whenever possible and feasible with business operations.

If possible, RETURN TO WORK IN PHASES.

Close COMMON AREAS where personnel are likely to congregate and interact, or enforce strict social distancing protocols.

Minimize NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.

Strongly consider SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS for personnel who are members of a VULNERABLE POPULATION.

SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES (e.g., daycare, camp) that are currently closed should remain closed.

VISITS TO SENIOR LIVING FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS should be prohibited. Those who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene.

LARGE VENUES (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols.

ELECTIVE SURGERIES can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines.

GYMS can open if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols.

BARS should remain closed.

 

PHASE TWO

ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS: same as phase one.

All individuals, WHEN IN PUBLIC same as phase one, but in social settings of more than 50 people. 

NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL can resume.

Continue to ENCOURAGE TELEWORK; same as phase one.

Close COMMON AREAS: same as phase one.

Strongly consider SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS for personnel who are members of a VULNERABLE POPULATION.

SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES (e.g., daycare, camp) can reopen.

VISITS TO SENIOR CARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS same as phase one.

LARGE VENUES: same as phase one, but with moderate physical distancing protocols.

ELECTIVE SURGERIES can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient and in-patient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines.

GYMS: same as phase one.

BARS may operate with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate.

 

PHASE THREE

VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS can resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical unless precautionary measures are observed.

LOW-RISK POPULATIONS should consider minimizing the time spent in crowded environments.

Resume UNRESTRICTED STAFFING of worksites.

VISITS TO SENIOR CARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS can resume. Those who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene.

LARGE VENUES (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under limited physical distancing protocols.

GYMS can remain open if they adhere to standard sanitation protocols.

BARS may operate with increased standing room occupancy, where applicable.

 

To view the official White House statement, Click Here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/#phase-one