U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Texas and Vermont will allow certain businesses to reopen on Monday while still observing coronavirus-related precautions and Montana will begin lifting restrictions on Friday.
“We continue to see a number of positive signs that the virus has passed its peak,” Trump told reporters at a daily briefing.
Some state governors have warned that they will not act prematurely to reopen their economies until there is more testing for the virus, however.
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Business leaders have also told Trump the country needs to have widespread testing in place before their companies can return to normal operations.
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On Saturday, Trump said “our testing is getting better and better,” but offered no concrete evidence.
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He said both Republican and Democratic governors “have announced concrete steps to begin a safe and gradual phased opening.”
Texas and Vermont “will allow certain businesses to open on Monday while still requiring appropriate social distancing precautions,” he said.