Trump says social distancing guidelines will stay through April

The president backed off of his hope that the country will be “opened up and raring to go” by Easter. A top medical adviser and governors had said they could not envision easing the measures anytime soon.
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As dark reality sets in, president beats a retreat on reopening the U.S.

The president said he was convinced by data modeling that showed that the death rate in the United States probably won’t peak for another two weeks.
Streets were empty in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday after the beach was closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Eve Edelheit for The Post)
Streets were empty in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday after the beach was closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Eve Edelheit for The Post)
Restaurant owner Jay Johnson prepares an order Sunday as a result of a county order mandating takeout and delivery orders only. (Eve Edelheit for The Post)
Restaurant owner Jay Johnson prepares an order Sunday as a result of a county order mandating takeout and delivery orders only. (Eve Edelheit for The Post)
While there is no shelter-in-place order for the entire state of Florida, Fort Myers and other areas are making that decision on their own. (Eve Edelheit for The Post)
While there is no shelter-in-place order for the entire state of Florida, Fort Myers and other areas are making that decision on their own. (Eve Edelheit for The Post)

This tourist haven sits in a pro-Trump community — and at the nexus of a debate about our next economic steps

Local leaders in Fort Myers, Fla., want to agree with the president that America should restart business soon, but after being stunned by early covid-19 deaths, they are inching toward more restrictions.

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Primary season is still not over, although no delegate lead as large as Joe Biden’s has ever been overcome. Also, no U.S. election has taken place during a pandemic since 1918.
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