Trump administration shelved CDC guidelines for reopening economy

In this April 16, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listens. The Trump administration has shelved a set of detailed documents created by the nation’s top disease investigators meant to give step-by-step advice to local leaders deciding when and how to reopen mass transit, day care centers, restaurants, bars and other public places during the still-raging pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Trump administration sent back the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s proposed guidance for restarting businesses, houses of worship, schools, and local government offices during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, requesting revisions, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The 17-page report, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,” was intended for release last Friday, but an anonymous CDC official said agency scientists were told it “would never see the light of day.”

Normally, the CDC provides regular guidance and science-based updates on public health crises, but the White House has handled regular briefings during the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House’s broad guidelines on reopening leave most decisions to governors.

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