President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the national social distancing guidelines to April 30, walking back his previous remarks that he wanted the country to reopen for business by Easter.
“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won,” Trump said at an evening press briefing after suggesting that the coronavirus death rate would likely peak in two weeks.
Public health experts had warned that loosening restrictions by Easter, on April 12, would result in unnecessary death and economic damage. But Trump claimed on Sunday that Easter was just an “aspiration” and that he hopes the the country will “be well on our way to recovery” by June 1.
While he can issue federal guidelines, the president doesn’t have the power to decide if the country can reopen, as it’s the decision of each state.
President Trump reversed himself after saying he wanted the country to reopen for business by Easter.