Reopenings and Stay-at-Home Extensions: Here’s the Situation With All 50 States

April 29, 2020 Updated: May 5, 2020

While some governors have started to let their states reopen from restrictive lockdowns implemented to try to slow the spread of the CCP virus, others are extending the mandates.

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Alabama

Reopening started April 30 as Republican Gov. Kay Ivey shifted her stay at home order to a looser mandate.

“As of this week, we no longer believe our hospitals will see an overwhelming amount of ICU patients who need ventilators, as we once believed, and that is sure good news,” Ivey said at an April 29 press conference.

The altered order will keep some restrictions in place but allow retailers to welcome customers inside. State beaches can reopen and elective procedures can resume.

Other businesses, including restaurants, salons, and gyms aren’t being allowed to reopen for now.

Public schools in the state could bring back some students in June as part of a phased reopening, Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey told AL.com on May 3.

Alaska 

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy allowed some sectors of the economy to begin reopening on April 24. Restaurants can offer dine-in service while retail stores, barbers, nail salons, and hairdressers can reopen.

“Alaskans must be able to visit their doctors, pay rent, and buy food for their families,” Dunleavy wrote in an op-ed.

May 8 is the tentative date set for the second phase of reopening. The governor told reporters on April 28 that officials are still watching to see whether the first phase leads to any outbreaks of COVID-19.

“I have no doubt there will be an occasional setback or two,” Dunleavy said. “We’re going to forge ahead, we’re going to protect the health of Alaskans. But we’re going to deal with this not in an atmosphere of fear but more in an atmosphere of understanding what needs to be done.”

Arizona

A partial reopening was slated to start on May 4 under Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s altered stay-at-home order.

The order, extended to May 15, lets retailers start to serve customers through curbside pickup, delivery, walk-up service, and appointments starting Monday.

“As we breathe life back into our businesses, we want to make sure we’re taking common sense precautions to keep employees and customers safe,” Ducey said in a statement.

Stores can welcome customers inside on an expanded basis starting May 8, with some social distancing measures in place. Restaurants may be able to open as soon as May 12 for dine-in service, Ducey said at a press conference.

Elective surgeries restarted on May 1.

Arkansas

Gyms, fitness centers, and athletic facilities are being allowed to reopen on May 4, while barber shops, salons, tattoo parlors, and spas can reopen on May 6, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, said at a press conference on May 1, the same day state parks reopened.

Officials are targeting May 15 for the second phase of reopening.

Restaurants, museums, and retailers, among others, will be allowed to reopen then.

California

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said May 4 that some retailers and businesses in the hospitality sector can reopen by the end of this week if they are lower-risk, as defined by guidance that state officials will release on Thursday.

“We are entering into the next phase this week, end of the week,” Newsom said at a press conference. “With modifications, we will allow retail to start operating across the spectrum.”

Clothing stores, florists, book stores, and sporting good stores can reopen. But even the businesses that do reopen can only do curbside pickup.

Offices and shopping malls will not reopen as of yet. Restaurants, which have remained open for takeout, delivery, and curbside service won’t be allowed to offer seated dining.

Certain counties can move through the reopening phases faster than others but they must meet criteria such as a specific daily rate of new cases and have a readiness plan that’s available to the public.

Check here for live updates on developments in California.

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Demonstrators protest during a rally to re-open California and against Stay-At-Home directives in San Diego, Calif., on May 1, 2020. (Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images)

Colorado

Office work was resuming at 50 percent capacity on May 4 after Democratic Gov. Jared Polis loosened his stay-at-home order on April 27.

Real estate showings resumed and curbside retail sales started last week.

Barber shops, salons, and retailers reopened with limitations on Friday.

“I want to reiterate, the Safer-at-Home phase is not going back to life as normal. It’s not a major adjustment from where we have been,” Polis said in a statement. “Safer-at-Home means most Coloradans should continue to limit social interactions to the greatest extent possible to just individuals in your household and wear facial masks when you are out.”

Denver remains under a stay-at-home order until May 8.

Connecticut

Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said April 30 that businesses cannot reopen until May 20. His four-stage reopening plan includes letting restaurants and bars open their outdoor areas. Museums, zoos, offices, and retailers can also open.

“Based on what we see in Georgia and other places, people aren’t flooding in, people are doing it by appointment, so we are going to come up with some protocols that maybe give us an opportunity to get that started up on a limited basis starting on May 20,” Lamont said.

His extended stay-at-home order runs until May 20.

Lamont was expected to make an announcement this week regarding schools.

Delaware

Gov. John Carney said May 3 that the state hasn’t seen a sustained decline of new COVID-19 cases.

“We’re not there yet, but we are getting there,” Carney said at a press briefing.

The Democrat outlined criteria for reopening last month, saying reopenings wouldn’t start until the state sees two weeks of declining symptoms and presumed positive cases, as well as the ability to treat COVID-19 patients in hospitals without crisis care.

“You’re talking about a couple weeks anyway, and that takes you, obviously, into the middle/end of May, and so I’d say into early June period of time,” Carney said during during an interview with 93.7 WSTW on May 1. “But really it’s a little premature to be picking dates,” he added.

Carney also declined to say when beaches would reopen.

Florida

A number of businesses are reopening on May 4 under phase one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s reopening plan.

Restaurants will be able to serve a limited number of customers indoors while healthcare facilities can resume elective procedures. Retailers can welcome customers but must be at 25 percent capacity or lower. Bars, gyms, and personal service businesses will remain closed for now.

The counties hardest hit by the pandemic are excluded for the time being, DeSantis, a Republican, said during a press conference.

“Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach are very important to Florida’s future,” DeSantis said. “We want to get them going. I think we have a good path to do it. But it’s going to be on a little bit different timetable than the rest of the state.”

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Luis Diaz practices juggling in Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park in Miami Beach, Fla., on April 29, 2020. (Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Georgia

A slew of businesses began reopening on April 24, including restaurants, movie theaters, and bowling alleys as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp became one of the first governors in the nation to significantly relax a stay at home order.

Kemp allowed his order to expire on April 30 but extended the state of emergency until June, with some restrictions remaining in place.

Bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, and live performance venues are still closed, while older and “medically fragile” Georgians are still required to largely stay at home.

Hawaii

Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, on April 26 extended his stay-at-home order to May 31. State officials are eyeing a phased reopening that could start soon, according to Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

Some businesses in Oahu already reopened last week, including golf courses and automated car washes.

Ige’s altered order opened Hawaii’s beaches back up for exercise.

Healthcare facilities were allowed to resume elective surgeries.

Idaho

Nearly all businesses were allowed to reopen on May 1 after Republican Gov. Brad Little’s stay-at-home order expired.

Ninety percent of businesses were allowed to reopen if owners wanted, according to Little’s office.

Houses of worship could also open, along with day cares, organized youth events, and camps.

Stage two of reopening was planned for May 16.

“I want to reiterate that we can only progress through the stages if we demonstrate a downward decline in severe cases and meet other criteria,” Little said in a statement. “It is imperative that individuals take personal responsibility by limiting their exposure to others and maintaining good hygiene.”

Illinois

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on April 23 announced an extension of his stay-at-home order, previously due to expire on May 1, through the end of May.

The altered order requires all residents above the age of 2 to wear a mask or face covering when in public places, unless people can’t “medically tolerate” such a covering.

The order also eased some restrictions, allowing state parks to reopen and letting so-called non-essential businesses take customers’ orders and deliver them or have curbside pickup. Greenhouses and garden centers were also allowed to reopen

The extension of the stay-at-home mandate was partially blocked by a circuit judge on April 27. Pritzker appealed the decision.

Indiana

Phase two of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s reopening plan started on May 4 except for counties with large numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Retailers and commercial businesses can reopen at 50 percent capacity.

Holcomb allowed his stay-at-home order to expire on May 1.

The plan has five stages and the state has been in the first stage, Holcomb said at a press briefing.

Phase three includes the reopening of personal services and restaurants’ dine-in areas.

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No passengers are in line to buy tickets on the Metra trains at Union Station in Chicago, Ill., on April 28, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Iowa

Restaurants, fitness centers, and retailers in most counties were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity on May 1.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds also let churches and other houses of worship start to operate under limited conditions.

Reynolds previously allowed the resumption of elective surgeries and for farmers’ markets to start back up on April 27.

Reynolds is among the governors who refrained from issuing a stay-at-home order. She did implement a number of other measures.

Kansas

Many businesses are allowed to reopen on May 4.

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, announced the reopening last week.

Any businesses that can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between customers and adhere to certain other guidelines can reopen, Kelly said.

Bars, night clubs, non-tribal casinos, theaters, museums, fitness centers, gyms, salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors will not be allowed to reopen because close contact “cannot be avoided,” the governor said at a press conference.

Those businesses will be able to reopen in the next phase, which will begin no sooner than May 18.

Kentucky

Phase one of Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s reopening plan started on April 27 with dentists, chiropractors, and other medical businesses being allowed to treat people without so-called emergency conditions.

The next phase of reopening will happen on May 11, with manufacturing, construction, and car dealerships among the businesses being allowed to opreate.

Retailers can reopen and in-person church services can restart on May 20. Barbers and salons can reopen five days later.

Bars, nightclubs, youth activities, and childcare won’t be allowed to reopen or restart until June.

Louisiana

The stay-at-home order from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards was slated to expire on May 1 but on April 27 he extended the order until May 15.

“The worst thing I can do is ignore the reality and pretend we’re in a better place than we are,” he said at a press conference.

Edwards said the first phase of reopening will likely start on May 16.

Retailers, personal care businesses, and houses of worship will be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity. Restaurants may be allowed to reopen but officials haven’t decided as of yet.

Two changes as of May 1: stores can open for curbside delivery and restaurants can open outside areas for patrons to eat meals without tableside service.

Maine

Businesses began reopening on May 1, including barbershops, hair salons, golf courses, state parks, auto dealerships, and car washes.

Houses of worship can now hold drive-in services and drive-in movie theaters were being allowed to welcome customers.

Phase two of reopening isn’t scheduled until June 1.

Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, in late April extended her stay-at-home order to May 31. It was previously set to expire on May 1.

The order also requires everyone in the state who enters a public place where social distancing is hard to maintain to wear a mask or face covering.

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People line up to check out at Greenland Market on the first day of Ramadan in Dearborn, Mich., on April 23, 2020. (Elaine Cromie/Getty Images)

Maryland

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said on May 3 he hopes to start reopening later this month.

Hogan on April 24 unveiled a roadmap for recovery that includes details on reopening. Businesses will be put into groupings of low, medium, and high risk, with the low-risk ones being allowed to reopen first.

But Hogan is among the few governors who hasn’t targeted a start date for reopening.

The governor has said reopening will depend on the number of new cases, deaths, and hospitalizations from the CCP virus.

In a slight relaxation, he allowed barber shops and beauty salons to reopen last month but they can only serve essential personnel by appointment.

Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who issued a stay-at-home mandate last month, extended his order on April 28 to May 18.

“I know pushing these dates back a couple weeks is probably not what people want to hear,” he said at a press conference. “Believe me, I’m just as frustrated as anybody else. We all look forward to stepping in front of this podium to tell you that we’re starting to reopen for business. I know we’ll get there soon, but we have to be smart in how we do it.”

Baker formed a reopening advisory board, which will provide a set of recommendations no later than May 18.

Michigan

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order through May 15, but the altered order will let construction workers return to work on May 7.

Landscape companies, nurseries, and bike shops, among others, can also reopen.

Whitmer has faced a series of protests and backlash from state lawmakers, who declined to extend the state of emergency while voting to sue her.

“For anyone to declare mission accomplished means they are turning a blind eye to the fact that over 600 people have died in the last 72 hours,” Whitmer told reporters.

Her administration is working on details for reopening for industrial sectors.

Minnesota

Retailers were reopening for curbside pickup on May 4 under Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s altered stay-at-home order, which was extended until May 18.

Up to 30,000 people will be put back to work at stores, according to Walz’s office.

Some businesses reopened last week, primarily in industrial sectors.

State officials estimated that as many as 20,000 of those businesses were reopening, with 80,000 to 100,000 Minnesotans going back to work.

Mississippi

Retail businesses started reopening on April 27 under guidelines from Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, but a second phase of reopening was delayed after a spike in CCP virus cases and COVID-19 linked deaths.

“I was ready to change our order today, but I needed to take the latest information into account,” Reeves said at a May 1 press conference. “This is a large enough change to take a step back and look at the board. I’ve come to the conclusion that I must hold on for now and consider it at least over the weekend.”

Owners of stores that did reopen must adhere to limits on the number of shoppers.

Businesses that weren’t allowed to reopen included movie theaters, bars, museums, gyms, and spas.

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An employee talks on the phone and smokes outside to a Walmart Superstore temporarily closed by an order from the city after numerous employees tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in Worcester, Mass., on April 30, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Missouri

Phase one of reopening was slated for May 4.

All businesses in the state, along with all social events, can reopen as long as people abide by social distancing requirements, Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, said at a press conference.

The main requirement is keeping 6 feet distance between an individual and people they don’t live with.

“We are successfully flattening the curve,” Parson said. “With the help of all Missourians, our plan is working. The health care system is not overwhelmed and we are winning the battle.”

St. Louis will remain under a stay-at-home order past May 4, Mayor Lyda Krewson said.

Montana

Businesses started reopening on April 27 after Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who issued a stay-at-home order in March, announced a phased reopening plan on April 22.

Retailers can open if they adhere to social distancing requirements, while houses of worship were allowed to open on April 26 with similar measures in place.

“There are very few states in the country that can say they have seen the number of positive cases decline over these past weeks. Montana can say that because, together, we have made that decline in cases possible,” Bullock said in a statement.

Dine-in restaurants and bars will be allowed to open their doors on May 4 but will be required to operate at 50 percent capacity and have plans to keep customers at appropriate distances. Students can return to schools on May 7, pending decisions by local school boards, in what appears to be the earliest planned reopening of schools in the nation.

Nebraska

Restaurants in some areas of the state can reopen dine-in service by May 4, according to Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican. Occupancy will be limited to 50 percent.

Some other businesses can also reopen then, including hair salons and tattoo parlors.

Health-related businesses will be allowed to reopen or expand services, such as dental work and veterinary services.

“Just because we are able to relax some measures, does not mean life returns to normal,” Ricketts said at a briefing, urging people to follow social distancing guidelines.

Nevada

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak extended his stay-at-home order through May 15 but altered restrictions to let retailers start conducting business via curbside pickup and delivery.

The slight relaxation also allows people to engage in outdoor activities like golf and tennis and lets people attend drive-in services at houses of worship.

The downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases wasn’t sharp enough, Sisolak said in explaining the extension.

He plans to let some businesses reopen on May 15 but bars, nightclubs, malls, and some other establishments will remain closed.

New Hampshire

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s stay-at-home order expires on May 4.

Sununu said at a press conference on May 1 that retailers will be able to reopen on May 11, along with barbers, salons, golf courses, and campgrounds.

Restaurants can serve customers at outside tables starting May 18, Sununu said.

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Jonathan Archibald, owner of Mt Taylor coffee (R) sells a cup of coffee to Paul Jackson of grants in Grants, N.M., on April 27, 2020. (Luis Sánchez Saturno/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

New Jersey

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has resisted setting a date for reopening. He said on May 3 that he won’t commit to reopening by Memorial Day.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” he said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

Murphy eased a few restrictions last week, allowing state parks, golf courses, and county parks to reopen.

The governor recently released a six-point plan aimed at reopening but his stay-at-home order will remain in effect “until further notice,” with no modifications until some conditions are met.

Murphy wants to see an “appreciable and sustained drop in” new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over two weeks as well as a boosted tested capacity, a strong contact tracing effort, places designated for isolation and quarantine, and a further build-up of medical resources, according to the plan.

Schools will stay closed for the remainder of the school year, Murphy said on Monday.

New Mexico

Retailers joined restaurants in being allowed to be open for curbside pickup and delivery under Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s altered stay-at-home order.

She also allowed gun stores to reopen for sales by appointment, pet service businesses and golf courses to welcome customers, and state parks to reopen for day use.

Grisham previously extended her stay-at-home order through “at least” May 15.

But if things go well, the governor plans to let restaurants, gyms, salons, and some other establishments begin to reopen as soon as the middle of May.

New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has said upstate counties could begin to reopen on May 15 when his stay-at-home order is slated to expire but has declined to commit to that date.

Cuomo has said he may extend his order further for New York City and its environs because of the high number of infections and hospitalizations there.

If reopening isn’t done well, the state will see the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths begin to rise sharply again, he warned.

“We have to learn the lessons, we have to move forward and we have to be smart because if you are not smart, you will see that infection rate go right back to where it was,” Cuomo told reporters.

New York has the most cases and deaths in the nation; the bulk of the outbreak is in the city, which has a population of some 8.5 million.

North Carolina

Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper extended his shelter-in-place mandate through May 8. He plans to let retailers welcome a limited number of customers that week. Shopping at retailers would become an exception to the stay-at-home order. Parks could reopen.

Phase two, slated for two or three weeks later, would see a limited reopening of restaurants and bars to inside service and the reopening of public playgrounds.

Further reopening would be at least one month down the road.

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Eggs in a Fairway Market in Manhattan, New York City, on April 27, 2020. (Chung I Ho/The Epoch Times)

North Dakota

Restaurants, gyms, and personal care businesses were allowed to reopen on May 1.

Restaurants must limit occupancy to 50 percent of normal capacity, allow 6 feet of spacing between groups, and limit 10 people per table, according to guidance from the state government.

Other workplaces also face social distancing restrictions.

Guidelines for recreation centers, athletic centers, music venues, and theaters will be issued soon, according to Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican.

Ohio

Manufacturing, construction, and distribution businesses were allowed to reopen on May 4, along with some office work, under an altered stay-at-home mandate from Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.

The order was extended through May 29 after previously being set to expire on May 1.

Medical providers like dentists were allowed to resume non-essential surgeries last week.

Retailers can reopen on May 12.

Gyms, salons, day cares, and restaurants don’t have a slated reopening date. Some restaurants have remained open, but are only conducting carry-out and delivery service.

Oklahoma

Barber shops and other personal care businesses started reopening in late April, serving customers by appointment.

Restaurants, malls, and other stores began reopening on May 1.

“From the beginning it has been my intent to protect the health and lives of Oklahomans, especially our vulnerable populations, and mitigate the impact to Oklahoma’s economy,” Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement.

“As we begin to responsibly implement this measured response to open Oklahoma’s economy back up, we will continue to prioritize the safety of our people and base all decisions on the data in our state.”

Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said May 1 that some counties can begin reopening as soon as May 15.

Counties must meet criteria including having a contact tracing program in place and have a declining number of COVID-19 cases if they have more than five cases in total.

“I want to be clear that we will not be able to open Oregon quickly, or in one fell swoop,” Brown said at a press conference. “This process will happen more slowly than any of us would like.”

Pennsylvania

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said 24 counties can reopen starting May 8, nearly two months after he issued a stay-at-home order.

The counties all moved from the red phase to the yellow phase outlined in Wolf’s reopening plan. The movement came because of low per-capita case counts, the ability to conduct contact tracing and testing, and appropriate population density to contain community spread, according to Wolf’s office.

The counties are: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.

Wolf previously let golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips, and privately owned campgrounds reopen statewide.

“As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf said in a statement. “As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”

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Class of 2020 University of Pittsburgh graduates Shannon Trombley (L) of Philadelphia, and Julie Jones, of West Chester, Pa., take turns posing for photos with a statue of Pitt’s mascot, the Pitt Panther, on April 27, 2020. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

Rhode Island

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said May 4 she hopes to start to lift her quarantine on May 9.

Phase one of reopening will also see a number of businesses and some social activity resume with some limitations remaining in place, such as a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The phase will include pilots of seated dining, including outdoor dining.

Beaches will not reopen until the second phase of the plan, which has not been set.

Raimondo on May 1 reopened state parks.

South Carolina

Some businesses began reopening on April 20, one of the earliest reopenings in the nation, and Republican Gov. Henry McMaster was lifting his stay-at-home order on May 4.

McMaster said restaurants throughout the state could provide outdoor service on top of the takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery services they were already providing.

“This virus will continue to spread and still presents a very real and serious threat to our people, but I believe in South Carolinians and their ability to act wisely and safely,” the governor said in a statement. “We are a strong, resilient, and compassionate people who care for one another and will act in the best interest of our state as a whole.”

People considered most at risk of getting serious cases of the CCP virus were strongly urged to continue staying at home except for so-called essential trips.

Most beaches in the state are open after McMaster allowed local officials to open them back up last month.

South Dakota

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem let businesses reopen last month with recommendations on occupancy limits and employee screenings.

Schools were allowed host small groups of students to “check in” with them before the end of the school year.

“The plan I am unveiling today continues to put the power of decision-making into the hands of the people—where it belongs. Today’s plan relies on South Dakotans continuing to exercise common sense, reasonableness, innovation, and a commitment to themselves, their families, and—in turn—their communities,” Noem said in a statement.

The Smithfield Foods Sioux Falls plant was partially reopened Monday after being closed for more than two weeks.

Tennessee

Restaurants began reopening under amended social distancing guidelines on April 27, per a directive from Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

Lee let his stay-at-home order expire on April 30.

“The most important thing to me is that people can get back to work and businesses can begin to reopen,” Lee told reporters last week.

“The economic difficulty that’s been created by this, it has been devastating to our state, and the sooner we can begin to change that picture, the better.”

Texas

Restaurants, malls, movie theaters, and retailers started serving customers inside their buildings on May 1 while other businesses could reopen as soon as May 18.

Barbershops, salons, bars, and gyms could reopen as soon as May 18.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott imposed occupancy restrictions and other social distancing guidelines but let his stay-at-home order expire on April 30.

“We’re not just going to open up and hope for the best. Instead, we will put measures in place that will help businesses open while also containing the virus and keeping Texas safe,” Abbott said at a press conference.

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Megan Yelton works at Sid and Nancy thrift and consignment store as a shopper browses a rack of clothes in Columbia, S.C., on April 23, 2020. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Utah

Restaurants started serving customers inside stores on May 1, while gyms, salons, and some other establishments were also allowed to reopen.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert also loosened restrictions to allow gatherings of up to 20 people.

“This is a good news day for us today, as we transition from red to orange. And it only happens because of the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, which we have uniquely so in the state of Utah, the public-private partnerships, everybody working together,” Herbert said at a press conference.

Vermont

“Low-contact” businesses were allowed to reopen last month if they had no more than two staff members.

Outdoor businesses like construction work could restart with up to five workers per location and farmers markets could reopen on May 1.

“We’re seeing some promising results and continue to trend below even the best-case scenarios predicted in recent forecasting,” Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, said in a statement.

“What these trends also show is that with the right precautions, we can take small steps to get more Vermonters back to work and avoid a spike in cases that would put lives at risk.”

Virginia

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam on May 4 extended his stay at home order through May 14 but said he hopes to enter phase one of his reopening plan on May 15.

Northam announced a three-phase plan. The first phase would include easing limits on businesses and houses of worship. Most workers will be asked to work at home if possible.

Companies will be told to establish policies to keep employees and customers physically separated while avoiding conferences, trade shows, and other large gatherings. Employees may have to wear masks at work. Disinfecting should be stepped up.

Phase one will last up to four weeks or even longer, according to state officials. Phases two and three are projected to last about three weeks each.

Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, planned on Monday to extend his stay-at-home order through May 31.

The altered order will keep many businesses closed, though it will allow smaller counties that have seen few CCP virus cases apply to the state Department of Health to reopen sooner than harder-hit counties.

The altered order will allow retailers to offer curbside pickups by mid-May, according to the governor.

Drive-in services at houses of worship will be allowed. Car washes and car dealers can reopen.

Inslee last month said some outdoor activities can resume on May 5, including fishing, hunting, and golf.

West Virginia

Restaurants were slated to start offering outdoor dining service on May 4, part of a six-week reopening process outlined by Republican Gov. Jim Justice.

Small businesses with fewer than 10 employees were authorized to reopen.

Hospitals were allowed to resume elective procedures in April.

More businesses can reopen on May 11, including offices, gyms, and casinos.

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People hold signs during a protest against the CCP virus shutdown in front of the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., on April 24, 2020. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images)

Wisconsin

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’s plan for reopening rests on downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses and COVID-19 symptoms reported within a 14-day period, and a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

Evers in late April said the state still needs to boost testing capacity, obtain more equipment like masks, and have additional contact tracing capability in place before starting to reopen.

The governor issued an order that day relaxing some restrictions, letting some so-called nonessential businesses like pet groomers and repair shops offer curbside drop offs and pickups.

Dozens of state parks and forests reopened on May 1.

Wyoming

Gyms, barbershops, salons, and tattoo parlors started reopening on May 1 under public health orders from Republican Gov. Mark Gordon.

“These new orders start our process of getting this part of Wyoming’s economy up and running again,” Gordon said. “We have asked Wyoming citizens to make sacrifices over the past five weeks and they have responded. I want to thank these businesses for playing such an important role in our initial battle with COVID-19. Easing the restrictions on these businesses at this time is prudent and gets us one step closer to a return to normal.”

Day cares also welcomed children back while hospitals resumed elective surgeries.

An order limiting public gatherings to no more than nine people was extended through mid-May while state campgrounds won’t be open until May 15.

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