Coronavirus News

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On March 29, 2020, United States President Donald Trump extended the White House’s nationwide social distancing guidelines for another 30 days, until April 30, in response to the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a briefing statement made by the President in the Rose Garden.

The 15-day nationwide guidelines for social distancing that Trump announced in a briefing statement on March 16 were originally set to expire on March 30. However, as of March 28, the U.S. leads the world with more than 143,000 confirmed Coronavirus cases, according to research from Johns Hopkins University.

“Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30th to slow the spread,” President Trump said in the briefing statement on March 29. “On Tuesday (March 31), we will be finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data, and strategy to the American people.”

Along with information for individuals on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus, the White House guidelines stated that employers should have their employees to work from home whenever possible, except if they are defined as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Employers should also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect health at work. The White House’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America can be downloaded in English and Español at www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/coronavirus-guidelines-america/.

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