Quietly, allies and industries warn Trump against hasty reopening of economy

Robust testing for coronavirus is necessary before country can reopen, but that level of testing is not currently possible.

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April 16, 2020 - 9:30 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, left, and Vice President Mike Pence at the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON — Allies of President Donald Trump and industry experts are telling the White House it will take robust coronavirus testing that is not currently available to most Americans for the country to reopen safely.

Personal protective equipment, specifically masks, would also need to be more prevalent to protect the spread of  the highly contagious  COVID-19, 

Businesses are also asking for stronger assurances from the government that they will be compensated in the event of a slow recovery — or if the virus resurges and they have to close up shop again — and they will not be held liable if an outbreak occurs at one of their properties.

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