The White House released a proposed roadmap for easing social distancing restrictions in place to combat the coronavirus at a briefing on Thursday.
The plan relies heavily on the assumption that testing symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, and contact tracing for the coronavirus will increase. At the moment, the U.S. has yet to sufficiently scale up these methods.
The plan would be implemented at the discretion of each state’s governors. It consists of three phases, each of which gradually lift restrictions for individuals, employers, and venues like theaters and houses of worship.
But vulnerable Americans would still need to shelter-in-place until the final phase of the plan, meaning millions of people will likely need to live in lockdown for months to come.