President Trump said he wants the country open for business in a matter of weeks, not months, a statement many health care professionals found implausible. But then other federal officials qualified the president’s statement, saying that they’d like an organized, regional reduction in restrictions in places where it makes sense.
It looks like the Trump administration is taking a step toward making that a reality, as it is preparing new coronavirus guidelines that would characterize U.S. counties as high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk.
The president told state officials in a letter that the guidelines will aim “to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus.”
It seems obvious that, as soon as possible, Trump would recommend relaxed restriction sin low-risk counties, and then move from there.
Governor of Greg Abbott of Texas has taken a similar approach. He has so far refused to issue a blanket state order, noting that city and county officials have wide discretion to put restrictions in place, and that Texas, with 254 counties, is a very diverse place. What’s right for heavily populated cities like Dallas might not be right for small towns on the West Texas plains.