- President Trump reportedly has a plan in the works to quarantine all Americans for two weeks in the event they do not heed his guidelines on the coronavirus
- The president would call in the National Guard to enforce the quarantine and help slow the deadly flu-like infection’s spread, the Washington Examiner said
- Most businesses, except for grocery stores and pharmacies would also close
- Another plan would also ground airlines to limit personal interactions and travel
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President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling a plan that would call out the National Guard to enforce a two-week quarantine of all Americans if they don’t follow his social distancing guidelines for helping to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Trump would require all to ‘stay at home,’ in a developing plan which wouldn’t be announced until next week, a source told the Washington Examiner.
Most businesses, except for grocery stores and pharmacies, also would close.
Other sources inside the administration say the president also wants to ground all US airline flights.
The president would require air carriers to suspend operations in an effort to limit people’s interactions with each other and travel around the country, the Examiner reported.
Senior administration officials say the plan is among dozens of radical ideas that are being considered as Trump moves quickly to protect the country from the outbreak.
While the president has praised the public for following the guidelines he set forth earlier this week, the additional quarantine plans signal his administration has noticed some Americans are not taking the threat seriously.
Spring Breakers enjoyed the sand and surf on Florida’s beaches in defiance of closures and warnings to avoid crowds.
‘They don’t realize that – they’re feeling invincible,’ said President Trump of young people.
‘But they don’t realize that they could be carrying lots of bad things home to their grandmother and grandfather and even their parents.
‘So, we want them to heed the advice … and I do believe it’s getting through.’
The National Guard is already out enforcing ‘stay in place’ orders in Washington, DC, as the nation’s capital on Friday extended school closings until the end of April.
Wisconsin also activated the Guard. Troops are also being put to use in Florida, New Jersey, and Arizona.
Guardsmen were put on notice in California as well after Goveronor Gavin Newsom all residents to stay at home until further notice. Illinois has done the same, while parts of New York have been shut down.
Federal officials are hedging on putting a ‘stay in place’ order, but say the administration has alerted Congress, states, and industry leaders about a potential shutdown of the country that could start next week, and after Trump enacts the Stafford Act, which some say would pave the way for a national quarantine.
Department of Homeland Security officials are telling states that it is ready to mobilize the National Guard and dispatch them with US military and first responders, says a knowledgeable source.