The Agenda 🚨 Recommendations for How and When to Reopen America

The Agenda 🚨 Recommendations for How and When to Reopen America


Apr 27, 2020

Good morning. We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and keeping your spirits high. At The Heritage Foundation, we are leading the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, which is providing officials at all levels of government and the private sector with recommendations on how to defeat the coronavirus and reopen America. You can read the commission’s most recently released recommendations below. At the state level, quarantine measures are helping to flatten the curve, but they also impose significant costs on society. We are helping policymakers consider the full impact of lockdown policies so that they can make the wisest decisions possible. Here at Heritage, we are proud to announce the launch of our new Defensive Gun Use Database, a one-stop resource for defensive gun-use instances by law-abiding citizens. We hope you will visit this new resource and view the interactive map. Lastly, Heritage headquarters is still closed, but social distancing isn’t stopping us from hosting great events that you can “attend” online! Check out our list of upcoming webinars to find an event that interests you.

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Recommendations for How and When to Reopen America
The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission held its second meeting last Monday, releasing 47 specific recommendations to reopen America. The recommendations expound on the first two phases of the commission’s five-phase recovery plan. Reopening America and combating the novel coronavirus requires an “all of society” approach, according to Heritage President Kay C. James. “These initial recommendations for recovery provide governments at every level and the American people with a framework to slow the spread of the virus and to prudently begin getting back to work and to some sense of normal,” James says. “The commission is moving quickly to make sure our five-phase plan will save both lives and livelihoods. I look forward to bringing these ideas to President Trump’s Great American Economic Revival effort and to the American people.” Read more about the commission’s recommendations and how they could help America reopen safely and swiftly.

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Coronavirus Shutdown Orders Have Been Necessary but Costly
In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, approximately 42 governors have issued “lockdown,” “shutdown,” “stay-at-home,” or “shelter-in-place” orders over the past four weeks. These orders have important public health benefits, but they also impose substantial costs on millions of ordinary Americans and businesses. Under lockdown orders lasting eight weeks, employment could decline by around 9.5%, according to a new report from the director of Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, Norbert Michel, and Heritage’s senior fellow in economic policy, David Burton. “An eight-week shutdown could raise the unemployment rate to as much as 23% and decrease economic output by as much as $2 trillion (about 9%),” Michel and Burton write. Read the full report on the cost of the shutdown.

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Heritage Releases Defensive Gun Uses Map, Proving Importance of Lawful Gun Users
For well over a year, The Daily Signal has published a monthly series highlighting lawful gun owners who have used their firearms to protect their liberties, lives, and livelihoods. Although these articles recount just a dozen or so stories each month, the incidents are selected from hundreds of similar examples. Those defensive gun uses are worth highlighting, too. That’s why The Heritage Foundation is introducing its Defensive Gun Use Database, an interactive map featuring all of the news accounts from police reports that we couldn’t fit into installments of the monthly series. “Despite the limitations on data, the Defensive Gun Use Database is an incredibly important tool because these confirmed cases help prove that the ‘good guy with a gun’ is not a myth,” writes Heritage legal fellow Amy Swearer. “Rather, lawful gun owners clearly play an integral role in promoting public safety and protecting individual rights.” Read more about the database and view the map here.


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The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission held its second meeting last Monday, releasing 47 specific recommendations to reopen America. The commission’s next meeting is set for May 5 when more recommendations are expected. Learn more about the commission and read their first set of recommendations.

Feed the Heroes, was able to deliver 300 meals to Washington Hospital Center because of a donation made by The Heritage Foundation last week. The meals, provided by Buffalo & Bergen, fed the emergency room healthcare workers, hospital cleaning staff, and paramedics working the day-shift. Heritage hopes to continue this effort and support Howard University Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital in the coming weeks. See photos from the delivery.

Long before COVID-19, The Heritage Foundation recommended Americans have greater access to telehealth. When the Republican Study Committee released its health reform plan last October, the group included recommendations from Heritage health policy scholars to remove federal barriers that halt widespread use of innovative health care solutions such as telehealth. The Trump administration has also made telehealth a priority, reflecting Heritage proposals, and amplified those efforts in response to COVID-19. Learn about our impact.


Monday at noon, Heritage will host a webinar on how Americans are relying on their faith, living out their beliefs, and loving their neighbors during this time of social distancing. Featured speakers include Robert P. George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University; Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr., president of International Missions at the Church of God in Christ; and Daniel Mark, assistant professor of political science at Villanova University. Register for the webinar.

Monday at 7 p.m., John Venable, a senior research fellow in Heritage’s Center for National Defense, a 25-year veteran, and former commander of the celebrated Thunderbirds of the U.S. Air Force; and Jennifer Grossman, CEO of the Atlas Society, will host a webinar on what leadership looks like in a time of crisis management. Register for the webinar.

Tuesday at 11 a.m., Heritage will host an event to discuss COVID-19 cover-ups. While most countries have been open about the virus situation and their plan to control the spread, not much has been officially reported by the governments of Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Featured speakers include Maria Snegovaya, adjunct fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis; Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow at Heritage’s Center for Asian Studies; and James Phillips, senior research fellow at Heritage’s Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy. Register for the webinar.

Thursday at 11 a.m., Heritage will host a webinar about constitutional considerations during the COVID-19 crisis. What gives the government the ability to restrict our individual liberty and when should it stop? Featured speakers include Harmeet K. Dhillon, CEO at the Center for American Liberty, and Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA’s School of Law. Register for the webinar.

This week, on the “ Heritage Explains” podcast, Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow in Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, talks about a sensible balance between public health, voting, and how to hold elections in the time of COVID-19 without endangering the security and integrity of the election process. Listen to the podcast.
On “ SCOTUS 101,” hosts Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates have a big announcement that you won’t want to miss. They also recap the Supreme Court’s latest rulings (non-unanimous jury verdicts, point source pollutants, and more). Plus, Slattery chats with 2nd U.S. Circuit Judge Michael Park about his affinity for NSYNC and Microsoft Outlook. Listen to the podcast.



Here are highlights from Heritage experts on TV. This week they talked about the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission and reopening America, WHO funding, coronavirus, state and local bailouts, and more. Watch the clips.


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The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission has released its first set of recommendations to reopen America. Read the recommendations at Based on what you see in your own community, how can we protect lives and reopen America before it’s too late? Email us at  [email protected].

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