Capitol Correspondence - 05.26.20

Centers for Disease Control Shares More In-Depth Guidance on Reopening

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As reported by Politico Pulse:

“The CDC this week posted more extensive recommendations for reopening schools and businesses, weeks after controversy erupted over the guidance document, POLITICO’s Adam Cancryn reports.

— The 60-page file is the most extensive guidance yet for how various institutions should open safely. But it was quietly published on Sunday without any announcement, a CDC spokesperson confirmed, and there is no indication as to what material is new.

— The document still excludes guidance for religious organizations — a section that was axed over concerns within the administration about the potential for discrimination against faith-based communities.

— It also comes well after most states lifted stay-at-home orders. The White House and CDC tussled for weeks over the details and how much the administration should influence institutions’ decison-making, delaying its release and raising concerns that the Trump administration had sidelined the government’s public health experts. States charged ahead in the meantime, with the vast majority either well into their phased reopenings or planning to ease restrictions within the week.” [ICYMI, last week we shared re-opening suggestions specific to nonprofits, from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.]