Trump recommends avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people

President Trump announced new coronavirus guidelines Monday, recommending that all Americans avoid groups of more than 10 people, discretionary travel, as well as eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts. He also said schools are recommended to close.

The guidelines are to last for at least 15 days.

At a briefing at the White House, Trump said that with several weeks of action, “we can turn the corner,” on the pandemic. Trump also said the government is “prepared to do whatever it takes; whatever it takes, we’re doing.”

Trump also cautioned it could be awhile before the virus abates. “It seems to me if we do a really good job … it could be July, August” until the threat of the pandemic diminishes.

He conceded that the economy “may be” heading into a recession. But, Trump said, “We’re not thinking of terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus.”

Once the virus abates, he said, “I think you’re going to see a tremendous, tremendous surge.”