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CDC releases resources to assist reopenings amid pandemic

By on May 21, 2020

Suggests people keep ‘at least 6 feet’ between themselves, ‘even when you wear a face covering’

SAN JUAN — As states and localities begin to relax their different lockdown measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two new resources to aide in reopening.

The first, CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again summarizes CDC’s initiatives, activities and tools in support of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19.

The document includes information on general and healthcare surveillance as well as guidance on infection control, contact tracing, and testing. Additionally, the document includes a standardized way to look at the gating criteria in the Opening Up America Again guidance and tools to assist establishments after they open; this is a supplement to the decision trees CDC released May 14:  schoolsworkplacesrestaurants and barsyouth programs and campschild care programs and mass transit.

The second resource is a set of health considerations to be used by summer campsschoolsyouth sports organizationsinstitutes of higher education, and restaurants and bars, that are open.

The CDC said: “Considerations documents are concrete, actionable resources that focus” on the following four categories of safeguards:

  • promoting behaviors to reduce spread,
  • maintaining healthy environments,
  • maintaining healthy operations, and
  • preparing for when someone gets sick.

Among the recommendation espoused by the CDC is that people keep “at least 6 feet” between themselves, “even when you wear a face covering.”