Trump Urges Limits Amid Pandemic, but Stops Short of National Mandates

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President Trump issued national guidelines that included closing schools and avoiding bars, restaurants, and groups of more than 10 as he prepared for months of upheaval.

 

President Trump, under pressure to take more significant steps to slow the spreading coronavirus, recommended on Monday that Americans stop unnecessary travel and avoid bars, restaurants, and groups of more than 10 people, as he warned that the outbreak could extend well into the summer.

 

The national guidelines, which also advise home-schooling and the curtailing of visits to nursing homes and long-term care facilities, are the most robust response so far from the Trump administration. But the guidelines, which officials described as a trial set, are not mandatory and fall short of a national quarantine and internal travel restrictions, which many health officials had urged.