US Lockdown: Trump says there are ’15 days to stop the spread’ and old must stay home, gatherings over 10 people end, and schools, offices bars and restaurants close to beat coronavirus. By Emily Goodin.
President Donald Trump on Monday released a series of coronavirus guidelines to slow the spread that calls for a lockdown of America, including the closing of restaurants and schools.
‘Each and every one of us has a critical role to play in stopping the spread,’ the president said in the White House briefing room.
And while his guidelines will be revisited after the initial 15 day proposal, the president warned the virus could affect American life well into the summer.
‘People are talking about July, August, something like that,’ Trump said. ‘They could be right in that period of time where it washes through.’
The two-page list, called ’15 Days to Slow the Spread,’ advises avoiding ‘eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive through, pickup, and delivery options.’
It also calls on governors that have states with ‘evidence of community transmission’ to close schools in the affected areas.’ And it asks those states to address childcare issues as well as nutritional needs of children who use schools for their meals.
And there may be stronger guidelines to come.
‘We have taken a tough stance. We may make other decisions,’ the president said.
But that does not include a nation-wide lockdown, a step other countries have taken. France has gone on a 15-day one and Canada has closed its borders to non-citizens.
Yesterday’s rumor was correct, though the above doesn’t seem to have the force of law, just suggestion. Perhaps it was watered down somewhere between Pence’s office (where the rumor came from) and what Trump delivered.
Meanwhile San Francisco has gone to lockdown (Joshua Sabatini):
The City will legally prohibit residents from leaving their homes except to meet basic needs including visiting the doctor, or buying groceries or medicine, until at least April 7, Mayor London Breed announced Monday. …
Under the order, San Francisco residents will still be allowed to take a walk, exercise or take a pet out to use the bathroom as long as people remain at least six-feet away from others who are not a member of their own household….
Police Chief Bill Scott said at the press conference that violations of the order are punishable by a misdemeanor, but “that is an absolute last resort.” …
San Francisco is joining five other Bay Area counties in issuing a shelter-in-place order. City officials decided to take the drastic measure after closing public schools and prohibiting large gatherings last week.