by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Every state will have partially lifted restrictions by Memorial Day, even though most have not seen the downward trend of new daily cases called for by the Trump administration.
Only 16 states have recorded a downward trend in new daily cases. White House guidelines for reopening suggest that states keep restrictions in place until they record a downward trajectory of cases in a 14-day period.
Prior to the release of White House reopening guidelines, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that states should see a steady two-week decline in new cases but said last week that it is not surprising to see cases increase in recently reopened states.
“Some of these increases [in new cases] are a function of more testing, but some rise in new cases, as states reopen, should also be expected,” Gottlieb said.
Georgia and other states that moved early to remove restrictions, however, have not yet seen an uptick in new cases.
Connecticut will be the last state to lift some restrictions on outdoor dining spaces, malls, and museums Wednesday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that state beaches will open in time for Memorial Day after governors in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware announced they would open their beaches. …
… Restaurants in some parts of Florida were permitted to reopen at 50% capacity Monday, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that child care centers, bars, and bowling alleys can open this week.
Public health experts maintain that implementing a widespread testing system is the best way to reopen safely, but only a small fraction of the U.S. population has received a test — about 4%, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
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