U.S. CDC releases reopening guidelines after White House tabled them

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a 60-page guideline on how to reopen the U.S.

The guidelines were a little shorter than a previous version the White House rejected last week, saying it was too specific.

Tensions between the CDC and the White House have risen during the pandemic.

CNN reports growing "mistrust and animosity" between senior officials in the administration and those at the CDC. 

The president and some government officials have pushed to reopen the economy, while public health experts have urged caution about doing this too quickly. 

The guidelines provide a detailed plan for reopening schools, restaurants, mass transit systems and public places. 

According to The Washington Post, the CDC recommendations include:

 -Schools should move desks at least six feet apart, stagger arrival times, lunch in classrooms, cloth masks for staff and daily temperature checks.

-Buses should leave every other row empty.

-Bars and restaurants should add sneeze guards, prioritize outdoor seating and take steps to ensure customers keep six feet apart while waiting to be seated.

-Child-care centers should limit sharing art supplies, screen children and staff on arrival and get rid of plush toys and other items that are difficult to sanitize.

While many states have reopened in a phased easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the CDC said some institutions should remain closed and reopen later based on local COVID-19 transmission rates. 

At federal and state levels, the guidelines give a blueprint for containing COVID-19 through contact tracing, but POLITICO reports that large parts of the country still lack this capability.

Most states that have reopened also have not met basic criteria for reopening set by the White House, which include a 14-day decline in new COVID-19 cases and an increase in testing for the virus.

Compared to previous released versions of the CDC's COVID-19 reopening guidelines, the new 60-page version does not include recommendations for faith-based organizations.

Politico reports Trump Administration officials objected those guidelines, citing religious discrimination.

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