After previously saying he would be willing to impose a national shutdown along with a mask mandate, Joe Biden now says he would not implement a national lockdown.
On Thursday, NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker referenced statements Biden made in an ABC interview in August when he said that he would follow the advice of the scientific community if it recommended a lockdown.
“The answer was I would follow the science,” Biden said, as reported by HuffPost. “I am not going to shut down the economy, period. I’m going to shut down the virus. … I’ll say it again. No national shutdown. No. National. Shutdown. Because every region, every area, every community can be different. And so there’s no circumstance which I can see that would require a total national shutdown. I think that would be counterproductive.”
Biden said that businesses can be opened or shut down based on the situation