New CDC Reopening Guidelines Are Released

The CDC is releasing new guidelines for businesses to reopen from coronavirus lockdowns.

The recommendations don’t go into great detail on steps workplaces, including bars and restaurants, should take to keep customers and workers safe from the respiratory illness.

For example, for a bar or restaurant, the guideline asks if reopening will be consistent with state and local orders, and whether the business is ready to protect employees at higher risk for severe illness. If the answer is no, restaurants and bars are advised not to open.

An earlier version of the guidance, which was very detailed, was held back by the Trump administration. The White House coronavirus task force previously released broader guidelines that allowed states to fill in specifics.