The 17-page report was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework”.
The document’s intent was to help faith leaders, business owners, educators, and state and local officials as they begin to reopen.
The document was supposed to be published Friday. According to a CDC official, they were told the guidance “would never see the light of day”. Those close to the White House said the document was never intended to be released publicly.
AP obtained a copy of the document from a second federal official who was not authorized to release it.
Dr. Howard Koh, a Harvard professor and former health official in the Obama administration, told reporters, “CDC has always been the public health agency Americans turn to in a time of crisis. The standard in a crisis is to turn to them for the latest data and latest guidance and the latest press briefing. That has not occurred, and everyone sees that.”
The Trump administration has sought to take a decentralized approach and let states handle their own Covid-19 response.
A person close to the White House told AP “that White House officials have refrained from offering detailed guidance for how specific sectors should reopen because the virus is affecting various parts of the country differently.”