Release of CDC Report Blocked

On May 7, 2020, Newsweek reported that officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and White House had blocked release of a report outlining guidelines for community leaders on safety re-starting public services and re-opening businesses when COVID-19 lockdown measures are lifted. The report, titled "Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework," was authored by infectious disease experts at the CDC. It was originally scheduled for release on May 1, 2020, but a CDC official told reporters it "would never see the light of day." Another official indicated that the report had not been cleared for release by CDC leadership and that the White House did not want to publish broadly-applicable guidelines because every state was being affected differently by the coronavirus pandemic. 


On May 14, 2020, the CDC published six one-page guides on reopening schools, childcare centers, restaurants and bars, and other businesses. The guides are reportedly much shorter and less detailed than the guidance document initially drafted by CDC infectious disease experts.