US shelves detailed guide to reopening country

Document by CDC laid out step-by-step advice for local authorities, but Trump administration did not release it.


National News

May 7, 2020 - 9:44 AM

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/TNS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A document created by the nation’s top disease investigators with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the still-raging outbreak has been shelved by the Trump administration. 

The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,” was researched and written to help faith leaders, business owners, educators and state and local officials as they begin to reopen. 

It was supposed to be published last Friday, but agency scientists were told the guidance “would never see the light of day,” according to a CDC official. The official was not authorized to talk to reporters and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

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