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“That’s what the president wants and that’s what federal agencies are planning for,” he said. “We’re getting an early look at what that reopening might look like.”
Varney said FEMA and the CDC have created a strategy for reopening. According to a report from The Washington Post, it would be a gradual reopening, at first restricted to areas of the U.S. where the virus has not “spread significantly,” he said.
Phase one, between now and May 1, Varney said, will be educating and preparing the country for what’s the come regarding reopening.
Phase two, from May 1 to May 15, he said, would “ramp up production” of test kits and personal protection equipment.
“Although that is certainly in progress right now,” Varney said.
Phase three, according to Varney, will be a slow reopening of schools, summer camps, churches and restaurants with proper social distancing measures still being observed.
Varney said state officials like California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have begun looking into a “staggered” reopening of some locations throughout their states. In Michigan, Varney said, there will be protests about the state’s “intense restrictions.”
“The conversation has shifted,” he said. “Last week, as the virus raged, there was a lot of gloom and doom as the number of new cases and fatalities went straight up. This week, it’s more about looking to the other side, where America comes out of the virus era and gradually gets back to work.”
Varney said President Trump plans to meet with all 50 state governors to discuss a “powerful reopening plan” coming soon.
“The long-awaited reopening is going to happen,” he said.