Bellaire - Meyerland - West U Edition | May 2020

PHOTOS COURTESY ADOBE STOCK

Phasing back to normal

Requirementsprior to implementingPhase 1

PHASE 1 • Vulnerable populations should continue to shelter in place. • Social settings of more than 10 people should be avoided unless social distancing is practical. • Minimize nonessential travel and work from home if possible. • Workplaces should implement special accommodations to protect vulnerable populations that must work on-site. • Schools, day cares and camps should remain closed. • Senior living facilities should be closed to visitors. • Larger venues—restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues and places of worship—can begin to operate under strict physical distancing protocols. • Elective surgeries can resume in some facilities. • Gyms that implement strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols can reopen. • Bars should remain closed.

PHASE3 • Vulnerable populations can begin to have public interactions but should

PHASE2 • Social settings of more than 50 people should be avoided unless social distancing is practical. • Nonessential travel can resume, but working from home is still encouraged. • Schools, day cares and camps can reopen. • Larger venues can begin to operate under moderate physical distancing protocols. • Bars may begin to operate with reduced occupancy levels.

Testing/tracing: States must be able to provide screening and testing sites and implement contact- tracing strategies of positive COVID-19 cases. States must also have screening and tracing for asymptomatic cases. Hospital capacity: States must ensure its health care system has a supply of personal protective equipment and other critical equipment to handle surges, including intensive care unit bed capacity. Planning: States must protect the health and safety of critical industries, those in high-risk facilities such as senior care centers, and must protect mass- transit systems. States must be able to monitor conditions and immediately respond to changes in conditions should cases spike.

practice distancing and avoid social situations where that may not be practical. • Unrestricted stang at work sites may resume. • Visits to senior care facilities can resume. • Larger venues can operate under more limited distancing protocols. • Bars may begin to operate with increased occupancy levels.

COMPILED BY MATT DULIN

The federal government’s phased reopening guidelines leaves broad discretion to governors and local governments to manage the gradual return to normalcy. The federal plan is based on states committing to implementing a series of required resources and reaching a checkpoint before implementing each new phase.

Conditions to begin each newphase With a 14-day period, the following conditions must be met before a new phase is triggered: Symptoms: A reduction of new inuenza-like illnesses and a reduction in COVID-19-like cases reported Cases: A slowing of documented cases or a reduction in the percentage of positive tests out of total tests, assuming a at or increasing volume of tests Hospitals: All patients can be treated without crisis care, and a testing program for at-risk workers must be in place

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