President Trump on Tuesday said that stay-at-home restrictions due to COVID-19 will need to continue past the “allotted two weeks” his administration initially recommended, but said he’d love to open the country back up by Easter.
“We want to get open very soon,” Trump said during a Coronavirus Town Hall on the White House lawn, where he trumpeted today’s positive economic news.
The stock market surged 1,800 points, or 9.7% Tuesday, “on pace for its best day since 2008,” according to CNBC.
“We want to get open soon—I think that was a big reason it went up,” Trump said.
News that congressional negotiators on Capitol Hill are close clinching a bipartisan agreement on the nearly $2 trillion emergency stimulus package also had an effect, the president noted, but “probably less of an impact than the fact that we’re opening up this incredible country.”
“I’d love to have it open by Easter,” Trump added. “It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this too.”
Easter Sunday is April 12, less than three weeks away.
“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” Trump declared.