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"I think the president has made a smart declaration that we've got a date that we want to try to get the economy up and running again, at least in certain places of the country," Moore told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Monday. “Certainly New York City is going to be shut down for a while … But there are parts of the country that really are fairly unaffected by this, and it doesn't make sense to have a universal standard for the whole country.”
Trump announced Sunday that the White House would extend the social distancing guidelines to April 30.
A person wearing protective masks due to coronavirus fears walks past a boarded up business in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Moore said it's possible to have both a functioning economy and effective public health measures, but his worry is "that when you start talking about May, June, July, the economic damage cascades at a very fast pace."
The former Trump economic adviser believes that if the economy remains at a standstill during the summer months, there is the potential for millions of small businesses to fail and unemployment could swell to up to 30 million.
“We've never seen that any other time in this country's history,” he said.
Moore also noted that he spoke to an executive from an airline who explained that even if the economy started to open up in May, the carrier wouldn’t expect to have full flights by any time in late fall.
“Every week that goes by the damage, it gets worse,” Moore said.