Lockdown NOW, crisis till August: 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

  • President Donald Trump on Monday released a series of coronavirus guidelines to slow the spread of the disease
  • The two-page list is called ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’
  • After 15 days the guidelines will be revisited 
  • The guidelines advise avoid eating in restaurants and bars along with no social gatherings over the number of 10
  • Calls on schools in affected areas to be closed  
  • Trump predicted the virus could be a threat until the summer 
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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.

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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.

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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.

‘At this point, not nationwide,’ President Trump said, ‘but there are some places in our nation that are not very effective at all. But we may look at certain areas, certain hot spots as we call them and at this moment, no we are not.’