Top Washington trade groups urged President
A letter on Thursday from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, the Business Roundtable and others came a day after Trump
“Absent stronger measures to prevent transmission, communities across America risk another round of shutdowns, broad restrictions on non-essential activities, and irreparable economic harm,” said the organizations, which generally view federal regulation skeptically.
The release of their letter happened to coincide with an order by Texas Governor
The decision to impose mask mandates should still rest with states and local governments, the letter said, adding that the groups sought guidelines, which would be developed by governors and the White House’s coronavirus task force, in order to allow localities to coordinate their rules and lessen public confusion.
The letter, however, all but urged state and local governments to adopt the requirements, suggesting that some policies allowing, rather than mandating, masks were endangering the public.
“Regrettably, in recent weeks we have seen evidence that in some areas where there is growing community spread, issuing voluntary guidance on masks is insufficient to protect public health,” the trade groups said.
The letter, which echoed successful
Clashes involving unmasked customers and employees of stores and other establishments have grown in recent weeks.
The jump in new virus cases has caused many states to halt or reverse reopening plans,
The renewed health and economic threat from the pandemic has put increased pressure on the economy, the White House and Congress to come to terms on another round of stimulus.
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