CDC Issues Guidelines for Child Care, Churches and More

Proposed guidelines would help states shift away from stay-at-home orders.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a draft of proposed guidelines for a phased reopening of some sectors in the American economy.

Their guidance for states, as they begin to lift stay-at-home orders and resume some operations, contains guidelines for child care centers, schools, day camps, faith-based institutions, bars and restaurants, and public transportation, and an outline of specific directions for each sector.

The guidelines note that “in communities that are deemed significant mitigation areas by State and local authorities, child care programs should be closed,” but that in other areas, programs can “choose to remain open to serve children of essential workers, such as healthcare workers.”

The CDC draft also proposes guidelines for “vulnerable workers” across all sectors and industries, encouraging workplaces to keep in mind that some workers are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

“These vulnerable workers include individuals over age 65 and those with underlying medical conditions,” the guidelines state. “Such underlying conditions include, but are not limited to, chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, hypertension, severe heart conditions, weakened immunity, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease, and chronic kidney disease that requires dialysis. Vulnerable workers should be encouraged to self-identify, and employers should avoid making unnecessary medical inquiries.”

The draft is under review by White House officials, and the CDC could release a final proposal yet this week.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials with the CDC working on guidelines for various segments of the American economy.
  • For those in the White House charged with reviewing the guidelines proposed by the CDC.
  • About the need for balance between the nation’s physical and financial health.

Sources: Fox News, Washington Post


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