Reopening Updates for All 50 States

May 21, 2020 Updated: May 25, 2020

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All 50 states have eased restrictions but new rules vary widely.

Rules were put in place earlier this year to try to blunt the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

The new virus, which originated in China, causes the deadly disease COVID-19.


Entertainment venues can welcome customers back inside at 50 percent occupancy starting May 22. Sports practices can resume if social distancing is followed. Colleges and other schools can welcome students back June 1 if restrictions are followed.

Childcare facilities can begin providing child daycare on Saturday and both day and overnight summer camps can reopen or open.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s modified order goes into effect Friday evening and runs through July 3.

Restaurants, bars, and breweries reopened earlier in May with limited seating and other social distancing guidelines, while gyms, personal care businesses, and athletic facilities were able to resume operations.

Reopening started in April.


Any business owner that wants to can reopen soon while sporting events can resume, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced May 19.

“Friday, we’re open for business across the state of Alaska,” Dunleavy said at a press briefing. “It’ll all be open, just like it was prior to the virus.”

Dunleavy’s phased reopening plan is being compressed as phases three and four are happening simultaneously at the end of the week.

The governor last week extended the mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving in Alaska to June 2.


The state will remain in phase one of Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s reopening plan, Ducey told reporters Wednesday.

He said the state was “on a trajectory” to reach next phase.

Phase one included the reopening of casinos, malls, gyms, and swimming pools.

Restaurants and retailers recently welcomed customers back inside for dine-in service and shopping. Elective surgeries restarted on May 1.


Bars inside restaurants were able to reopen May 19 while bars elsewhere can reopen May 26.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson let restaurants resume dine-in service last week.

Large outdoor and indoor venues reopened Monday with capacity restrictions.

Gyms, fitness centers, and athletic facilities started reopening on May 4, while barbershops, salons, tattoo parlors, and spas welcomed customers two days later. State parks reopened on May 1.


Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he will announce a plan for reopening barbershops and salons in a few days. He also promised guidelines for houses of worship and gyms.

Forty of the state’s 58 counties have been approved to start reopening, state officials said Thursday.

Newsom recently relaxed some reopening criteria, eliminating the requirements that a county have zero deaths and no more than one case per 10,000 residents over two weeks.

Some counties have entered phase two after receiving approval from the state.

Newsom let so-called lower-risk businesses reopen on May 8, including non-essential manufacturing, childcare facilities, and retailers for curbside pickup.

Check here for live updates on developments in California.

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New social distancing circles are shown at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Calif., on May 20, 2020. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


Draft guidelines for reopening were released Tuesday.

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis plans to decide on May 25 if restaurants can expand to dine-in service. He warned residents Thursday not to gather in groups of over 10 people, saying: “That one case in a group of 100 people quickly becomes 20 or 30 cases.”

Polis eased his stay-at-home order last month, letting retailers reopen with curbside service and real estate showings resume.

Barbershops, salons, and retailers welcomed customers back on May 1, while office work restarted at 50 percent capacity a few days later.

Rocky Mountain National Park will reopen on May 27, officials announced on May 12, the same day as campgrounds at state parks reopened.


Reopening started Wednesday as retailers resumed business and office space reopened. Restaurants can resume outdoor service.

Hair salons and barbershops were supposed to be able to reopen but Democrat Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he was delaying that aspect.

“We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made,” Lamont said in a statement, adding he would coordinate the reopening with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Gyms and some other businesses are also remaining closed.

Beaches are reopening for Memorial Day weekend. Lamont joined a regional pact with New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Delaware in a bid to avoid people crowding into beaches in one state.


Retailers reopened Wednesday by appointment only while restaurants, bars, taprooms, and breweries can soon apply to expand to outdoor seating, effective June 1 if they’re approved.

“This is another step forward in the rolling reopening of Delaware’s economy,” Democratic Gov. John Carney said in a statement.

Carney has eased a number of restrictions recently, including allowing houses of worship to hold in-person services at 30 percent occupancy.

Farmer’s markets and ice cream shops can resume business. Beaches and pools can reopen on May 22.

But Carney told people who don’t live in the state not to travel to the beaches and strict social distancing requirements remain in effect, including a mandate requiring people keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and individuals they don’t live with.

District of Columbia

Reopening could start May 29, Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser said on May 21.

“We are going to monitor throughout the weekend, the trends that we see,” Bowser said after receiving recommendations from a reopening advisory committee.

“And if those trends hold next week, by the end of next week, we will be able to communicate the start of our phased reopening.”

Bowser recently extended the city’s stay-at-home order to June 8. It was previously slated to expire on May 15.

Officials have said the first phase will only start after three metrics show a sustained decline: new daily CCP virus cases, reports of flu-like illnesses, and new cases inside nursing homes.


Summer camps and other youth activities can reopen with no restrictions, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday.

Local groups and governments can impose restrictions, he added.

As of Monday, restaurants are able to fill up to 50 percent capacity, as are retailers.

Gyms reopened with 50 percent capacity. Libraries and museums resumed operations. Theme parks can reopen, pending approval from the state, and vacation rentals may be able to resume in some counties.

DeSantis previously let personal care businesses reopen along with restaurants and retailers.

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People visit Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Fla., on May 20, 2020. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said he’d soon announce new guidance for businesses that haven’t been allowed to reopen.

“They’re wanting to open back those businesses, and people want to go participate in those activities, and I get that. We just got to make sure we do it in a way that’s safe for Georgians,” Kemp told WSB-TV on Tuesday.

“We’ll tell you we’re working very hard to try and have some guidance out over the next several days,” he added.

Public swimming pools and summer camps were allowed to reopen on May 14. Restaurants can welcome more customers, including parties of up to 10 people.

Bars, nightclubs, live performance venues, and amusement parks will remain closed until the end of the month under orders from Kemp.

A slew of businesses began reopening last month, including restaurants, movie theaters, and bowling alleys, in one of the first reopenings in the country.


Businesses deemed medium-risk such as salons can reopen by June 1, Democratic Gov. David Ige said.

Dine-in service at restaurants can resume by then, he added on May 17.

Hawaii is in phase one of Ige’s four-phase reopening plan. Retailers, shopping malls, childcare companies, and some other businesses have been allowed to reopen.

So-called high-risk businesses such as bars and clubs will remain closed until phase three.

Ige signed an order extending the mandatory isolation for people entering Hawaii through June 30.


Phase three is set to start on May 30.

Republican Gov. Brad Little this week outlined protocols for the next phase, which includes the reopening of pools, water parks, and indoor occupancy in bars.

Little let indoor dining at restaurants resume last week and salons, gyms, and recreation facilities reopen.

Ninety percent of businesses in the state were allowed to reopen in phase one, which started May 1, according to Little’s office.


Restaurants can serve customers at outdoor tables in phase three of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan. The move, announced at a May 20 press conference, was supposed to take place down the line.

Phase three is slated to start on May 29.

“After listening to and working with restaurant industry representatives together with our epidemiologists, today I’m announcing an additional option for bars and restaurants interested in resuming operations earlier: opening for outdoor seating when phase three begins, likely for everyone just nine days from now,” Pritzker said.

Illinois entered phase two on May 1. Some so-called non-essential businesses take customers’ orders and deliver them or have curbside pickup.

Businesses defying the restrictions could be charged with a class A misdemeanor until recently implemented emergency rules were withdrawn Wednesday by state officials before they could be blocked by a committee of lawmakers.


Phase three for most of the state is starting May 22.

The phase includes allowing gatherings of up to 100 people and expanded capacity limits for restaurants and retailers. Gyms can resume operations.

Pools and campgrounds will reopen and sports practices can resume, though contact sports are prohibited.

Three counties with high numbers of CCP virus cases will not enter phase three until June 1, according to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Personal care businesses reopened earlier this month while restaurants, retailers, and bars were allowed to welcome customers back inside.

Casinos likely won’t reopen until June 14, according to the Indiana Gaming Commission. That’s when phase four of the plan is scheduled.

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Lauren Taylor poses for a photo in a Holder Mattress store in Carmel, Ind., on May 18, 2020. (Nicole Zaremski/Holder Mattress/Handout via Reuters)


Movie theaters, zoos, museums, wedding receptions, and aquariums are reopening Friday while pools can reopen for swimming lessons and lap swimming.

Summer school activities, including baseball and softball, can resume on June 1, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday.

Reynolds previously let restaurants across the state resume dine-in service and personal care businesses like salons welcome customers inside.

Dentist offices, campgrounds, drive-in movie theaters, tanning facilities, and spas reopened on May 8, while restaurants, fitness centers, and retailers in most counties reopened at 50 percent capacity on May 1.


Phase two will begin Friday with all businesses and activities allowed to reopen or resume except for bars, nightclubs, and pools.

“We may be transitioning to phase two, but we are still a long way away from arriving at anything bordering normal,” Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told reporters.

The cap on gathering size was increased to 15. It was originally supposed to go to 30 but was moved down because of some clusters of the CCP virus.

Kelly previously let a number of businesses reopen, including barbershops, gyms, and salons.

Restaurants could welcome customers inside on May 4.


Restaurants could resume dine-in service May 22 while personal care businesses including salons can reopen on May 25.

Reopenings slated for June include movie theaters, gyms, libraries, museums, and childcare businesses.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear let restaurants welcome customers back inside this week and government offices and agencies were able to resume in-office work.

Some businesses, including offices and construction companies, reopened on May 11.


Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday he hopes phase two of his reopening plan can start on June 5.

Phase two includes the opening of schools, daycares, summer camps, and indoor occupancy in bars.

Churches, gyms, and movie theaters were able to resume operations as of May 15 at 25 percent capacity, the same limit placed on restaurants as they resumed dine-in service.

Barbershops, salons, casinos, museums, and zoos can also reopen under relaxed restrictions from Edwards, who let his stay-at-home order expire recently.

Stores were allowed to open for curbside delivery and restaurants were allowed to open outside areas for patrons to eat meals without tableside service on May 1.


Gyms and fitness centers won’t fully reopen on June 1 as planned, state officials said, citing new studies they said raise concerns about the transmission of the virus “in such settings due to large numbers of people in relatively small spaces with moist, warm atmospheres coupled with turbulent air flow generated by intense physical exercise.”

Gyms and fitness centers are allowed to conduct outside classes and one-on-one instruction indoors.

Nail salons won’t reopen June 1 because California identified the establishments as a source of CCP virus transmission, state officials said.

“It is appropriate to delay the reopening of gyms and nail salons, both of which appear to present a greater risk of transmission of the virus based on emerging science and the experiences of other states,” Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement.

Mills also announced campgrounds can reopen on Friday. She has let table service in restaurants and inside retail service resume in some counties. Businesses began reopening statewide on May 1, including barbershops, hair salons, golf courses, state parks, auto dealerships, and car washes.

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A family live streams a funeral in Millersville, Md. on May 20, 2020. The deceased died in a drowning but due to restrictions in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, only eight close family members and friends were allowed to attend the ceremony inside, while more then 30 waited outside. Relatives in Nepal watched via livestream. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)


Manufacturing companies deemed non-essential were able to reopen May 15, along with retailers, salons, and churches. Dine-in service in restaurants, gyms, and theaters will remain closed for now.

The start of phase two of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s reopening plan hasn’t been set.

Some counties are not starting to reopen, including Montgomery County.

“The fight against this deadly disease is far from over. But because of incredible courage you have shown and the extraordinary sacrifices you have made, Maryland, and our nation, can now at least begin to slowly recover,” Hogan said at a press conference as his stay-at-home order shifted to a safer-at-home order.


Lab space, office space outside Boston, and limited personal services including hair salons and car washes can reopen on May 25.

Houses of worship were allowed to welcome people back inside this week but are being encouraged to hold outdoor services, according to guidelines released by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration.

Phase one of reopening started Monday with the reopening of construction businesses and manufacturing companies.

Retailers can also reopen for curbside pickup.


Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay-at-home order until June 12.

Theaters, gyms, barber shops, hair salons, sporting venues, and casinos are among the businesses that must remained closed until then under the modified mandate.

The extension came as bars, retailers, and restaurants in some parts of the state welcomed customers back inside. Retailers and car dealerships can serve customers by appointment only on May 26 and so-called nonessential healthcare procedures can begin on May 29.

Gatherings of up to 10 people can take place, Whitmer said Thursday.


Outdoor dining can resume June 1, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“While the virus won’t yet allow for business as usual, let’s do what we do best after winter in Minnesota and head outside,” he said in a statement.

Restaurants can seat no more than 50 customers at a time. A start date for indoor dining hasn’t been set. Salons can also resume operations under occupancy restrictions.

Walz let retailers, malls, and other related businesses begin reopening May 18 under social distancing restrictions while other companies, primarily in industrial sectors, previously opened their doors.

People can gather in groups of up to 10.


Casinos reopened May 21, over two months after they were closed.

“Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best—entertain. We can’t wait,” MGM Resorts acting CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle said in a statement.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said this week that houses of worship should wait to resume in-person services until June 1.

The governor let a number of businesses, including gyms, salons, and barbershops, reopen in recent weeks.

Restaurants were able to resume indoor table service while retailers were allowed to welcome people inside.

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A mural on a plywood board at the shuttered ReBar in the Arts District features a message stating that the bar will reopen soon alongside an image of actor Jeff Bridges as his character The Dude in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 20, 2020. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Campgrounds reopened May 18 with social distancing limitations including occupancy restrictions in restrooms and shower houses.

“We are happy to be able to reopen our campgrounds and provide another outdoor recreational opportunity for our visitors, but, as you might expect, our guests will see some changes,” Carol Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said in a statement.

One of the widest reopenings in the country took place in the state in early May. Every business was allowed to 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.


Phase two of reopening will begin June 1, according to Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock.

Gatherings of up to 50 people can be held as long as physical distancing can be maintained and restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos can expand to 75 percent capacity. Gyms, indoor group fitness classes, pools, and hot tubs can operate at the same capacity restrictions if frequent sanitation is carried out.

Indoor and outdoor venues like bowling alleys can operate.

“Social distancing, wearing a cloth mask, washing your hands, and sanitizing are all part of our new normal. If not for you, do it for others, especially for the most vulnerable among us,” Bullock said in a statement. “Not following these guidelines could put us in a position where we have to go backward, instead of being able to continue to move forward.”

Gyms, movie theaters, and museums were previously able to reopen; restaurants and bars were able to welcome customers back inside on May 4. Bullock has also let schools welcome students back, pending decisions by local school boards.


Eighty-nine counties will enter phase two of reopening in June, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday.

Limited and non-contact team sports can resume practices on June 1 and games on June 18, though some sports like basketball and soccer remain prohibited.

Gatherings of up to 25 people or 25 percent of occupancy will be allowed and bars and restaurants can resume dine-in service. Gyms and salons can expand occupancy.

Ricketts previously let some businesses reopen, including hair salons and tattoo parlors.


The target date for reopening casinos and related businesses is June 4, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday.

Sisolak is meeting with the state Gaming Control Board on Tuesday to consider how to reopen the gaming industry.

Sisolak said recently that phase one of his reopening plan won’t end until June 1.

Sisolak let restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, retailers, and car dealerships reopen with limitations on May 9.

Restaurants inside casinos can reopen under the revised order, the board said, if social distancing restrictions are followed.

New Hampshire

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu plans to announce further reopening plans on Friday after saying earlier this week paintball and miniature golf courses can resume operations, as well as guided hiking trips.

Fishing charters, shooting ranges, and other outdoor attractions were also allowed to reopen this week under Sununu’s modified stay-at-home order.

Restaurants were able to serve customers at outside tables starting May 18, a week after retailers, hair salons, golf courses, and barbershops reopened.

Campgrounds, manufacturing businesses, and state parks reopened on May 1 while hospitals could resume elective procedures on May 4.

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People visit a car dealership on the first day dealerships were allowed to resume operations, in Linden, N.J., on May 20, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New Jersey

Groups of up to 25 can take place if they’re outdoors, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. The exceptions are outdoor dining and graduations.

The limit on gatherings was 10 people.

“We are able to confidently make this decision today because of the hard work that each of you have put in, through social distancing, to relieve the stresses on our health care system,” the governor said at a press briefing. “Because you have taken to heart all that we have asked you to do, and the faith you have put in us to make the right decisions to safeguard public health, we can take this step together.”

Murphy’s newest executive order also allows public and private campgrounds to immediately reopen.

Phase one of Murphy’s reopening plan started last week. It allowed construction companies to resume operations and some retailers to reopen with curbside pickup only.

Phase two’s start date hasn’t been set.

New Mexico

More businesses will reopen June 1 as of now, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday, her first briefing in four days.

Restaurants should be able to resume dine-in service while gyms, salons, and shopping malls may reopen.

Grisham’s modified order let retailers welcome customers back inside on May 16 and so-called non-essential businesses, such as those requiring offices, resume operations.

In a letter this week to state lawmakers who want a full reopening soon, Grisham called them “reckless” and accused them of ignoring “the plain facts of the crisis.”

Businesses allowed to reopen earlier in May include gun stores, pet service businesses, and golf courses.

New York

Gatherings of up to 10 can gather statewide under Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s modified executive order.

The new order says any non-essential gathering, “for any lawful purpose or reason,” can take place, “provided that social distancing protocols and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the Department of Health are adhered to.”

The sudden change came a day after the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against a version of the order Cuomo issued Thursday that allowed groups of up to 10 to gather but only for Memorial Day gatherings or religious services.

Seven mostly rural regions began reopening this week while harsh restrictions remain in place elsewhere in the hardest-hit state in the nation.

Phase one of reopening allows retailers to serve customers with curbside pickup and manufacturing and construction businesses to reopen. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing companies can reopen, along with wholesale trade operations.

North Carolina

Gatherings of up to 10 indoors and up to 25 outdoors can take place starting Friday as the state moves to phase two of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plan.

“North Carolina is using the data to guide our decisions about when to lift COVID-19 restrictions, and overall our key indicators remain stable,” Cooper said in a statement. “Safer At Home Phase 2 is another careful step forward, and we have to continue taking this virus seriously to prevent a dangerous spike in infections.”

Restaurants are allowed to welcome customers back inside, as are personal care businesses.

Retailers were allowed to do so in phase one.

A federal judge recently blocked Cooper’s restrictions affecting indoor services at houses of worship and said houses of worship can hold in-person services.

North Dakota

Large gatherings are allowed, including concerts and sporting events, state officials said last week. They released recommendations for how such gatherings should be handled.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum told reporters that “market forces” will guide owners of the venues in following the protocols to make sure people feel “safe and comfortable.”

Schools can reopen for summer programs starting June 1.

Restaurants, gyms, and personal care businesses were allowed to reopen in early May with capacity limits and social distancing measures.

Guidelines for recreation centers, athletic centers, music venues, and theaters were expected soon.


Dine-in service resumed Thursday, a few days after Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said he was shifting his modified stay-at-home order to a health advisory.

The ban on most gatherings of 10 or more people is staying in place, as are other restrictions.

Gyms across the state could open immediately after a county judge on Wednesday ruled against state Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

Thirty-five gyms filed a complaint and earned a preliminary injunction that blocks Acton or other state officials from imposing or enforcing penalties if people use gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers as long as safety guidelines are followed.

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Passengers board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, North Carolina at San Diego International Airport in California on May 20, 2020. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)


Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed as of last week while sporting events, weddings, and funerals can resume.

Nonessential travel can resume and bars can welcome a limited number of customers.

Phase one of Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s reopening plan started last month with the reopening of barbershops and other personal care businesses.

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


Retailers can reopen if they’re not inside malls as of Friday. Customers must wear masks. Childcare businesses and summer camps also reopened statewide.

In many counties, further reopenings are taking place, including dine-in services at restaurants and bars.

A judge on Monday said Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home order was “null and void” because she didn’t seek approval by lawmakers to extend the order beyond a 28-day limit.

But the Oregon Supreme Court halted the ruling, reinstating Brown’s restrictions.

“There are no shortcuts for us to return to life as it was before this pandemic. Moving too quickly could return Oregon to the early days of this crisis, when we braced ourselves for hospitals to be overfilled,” the governor said in a statement.

Brown on Thursday called for Oregon residents to “keep it local” to stay safe over Memorial Day weekend. If gatherings are held, they should be small, she said.


Eight more counties will move to yellow on May 29 while 17 will move to green, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday.

“We know not only that we succeeded in slowing case growth, but that our actions, our collective decisions to stay at home and avoid social contact—we know that saved lives,” Wolf said in a statement. “My stay-at-home order did exactly what it was intended to do: It saved lives and it bought us valuable time.”

Wolf’s plan designates counties as red, yellow, or green. Red means counties still have a high number of new daily CCP virus cases and other metrics showing little improvement during the pandemic.

Some local leaders have battled with Wolf over the speed of his plan, arguing their counties should be able to move forward quicker.

Rhode Island

While beaches are reopening for Memorial Day, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo warned residents that “this weekend is not a weekend to throw a big party.”

“It is not a weekend to have a big barbecue. Get together in a small group. Enjoy your family. Go for a walk. Go to the beach for a walk,” she said at a press conference.

Raimondo recently doubled the amount of time for phase one of her reopening plan, which started earlier in May. She said Friday that phase two will likely begin on June 1.

Raimondo has eased some restrictions, allowing restaurants to commence outdoor dining. Offices and so-called nonessential retail stores were allowed to reopen.

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Residents swim, paddleboard, and kayak in Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, on May 20, 2020. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

South Carolina

Zoos, museums, water parks, amusement parks, aquariums, and other attractions are reopening May 22.

Youth and adult sports leagues can resume practices May 30 and competitive play on June 15.

So-called close-contact businesses including barbershops, hair salons, gyms, pools, and others reopened with limitations on May 18, a week after restaurants across the state were allowed to offer dine-in service.

“Be safe, but go,” Republican Gov. Henry McMaster said at a press conference last week as he urged people to patronize local businesses. “Our economy is not made to be shut down.”

McMaster allowed some businesses to reopen last month in one of the earliest reopenings in the nation. Beaches in the state are open.

South Dakota

Bars and restaurants began welcoming customers inside in Sioux Falls over the weekend, weeks after reopenings in the rest of the state.

Any business that wanted to could reopen, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem announced in late April.

Officials issued guidance on occupancy limits and employee screenings.

Schools were allowed to 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.


Capacity restrictions on restaurants and retailers are being lifted May 22, according to guidelines from Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

“These guidelines share best practices to ensure our state’s businesses can continue to operate in a way that protects customers and employees while putting people back to work,” Lee said in a statement.

Large, non-contact attractions and venues including concert and performance venues, amusement and water parks, auditoriums, theaters and dinner theaters, zoos, large museums, and more can reopen if they follow social distancing requirements and recommendations.

Six counties—Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Sullivan—are being allowed by Lee to follow their own reopening plans.

A number of businesses were previously allowed to reopen, including personal care businesses.


Rodeos, bowling alleys, bars, and aquariums can resume operations on Friday.

Childcare centers and gyms reopened Monday.

Zoos, youth camps, youth sports, and some professional sports without spectators can reopen or resume by the end of the month, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced at a press conference.

“Today, tomorrow, and every day going forward is one step closer to medical discoveries that can treat and protect people from COVID-19—but until that day comes, our focus is keeping Texans safe while restoring their ability to get back to work, open their businesses, pay their bills, and put food on their tables,” he said in a prepared statement.

Restaurants can expand occupancy this week for indoor dining.

A slew of businesses, including salons, barbershops, and malls, reopened earlier this month.


Most of the state entered phase two of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s reopening plan on May 16.

Gatherings of up to 50 people were allowed while organized sports were able to resume.

All businesses can reopen if owners follow social distancing restrictions.

Herbert on May 1 let a slew of businesses reopen, including gyms, salons, and dine-in service at restaurants.

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Customers eat and drink at the Brat Stop, a popular bar, restaurant and tourist attraction about 5 minutes from the Illinois border in Kenosha, Wis., on May 15, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Restaurants can serve customers at outdoor tables starting May 22 if they follow restrictions, including an order that tables are spaced at least 10 feet apart.

Restaurants must use disposable menus and tables can include no more than two households or 10 people total.

State officials are recommending restaurants keep customer names and contact information for up to 30 days to assist with contact tracing.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott ordered a halt to on-site dining on March 16 as part of his harsh restrictions implemented that month.

Scott eased restrictions this month, allowing retailers to welcome customers inside and golf courses and tennis courts to reopen.

Scott said last week he will let restaurants resume dine-in service before June 1. Personal care businesses like barbershops will be able to reopen before then.


It’s not clear whether northern Virginia can start reopening on May 29, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday.

Most counties in the state started phase one last week but northern Virginia jurisdictions asked for, and received, an exception.

“They are following the data just as we are,” Northam said. “When they are comfortable and when the data supports moving to phase one we will do so.”

Phase one included retailers reopening and restaurants resuming outdoor dining. Gyms and personal care businesses could resume operations and churches were able to welcome congregants.

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.

Virginia Beach is reopening Friday in time for Memorial Day, state officials said. Unlike some beaches that have reopened in other states, sunbathing and swimming will be allowed.

Authorities will enforce social distancing requirements.


One-third of the state is eligible to move into phase two of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, the governor said Friday.

“We are hard at work on next steps as we approach the May 31 expiration of our current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order,” he said in a statement.

“But I want to be very clear: not every county will be ready to move to Phase 2 on June 1. Infection rates are too high in some counties to do so responsibly.”

Phase one started earlier this month as retailers opened with curbside pickup and car dealerships, car washes, and mobile pet services resumed operations.

Phase two includes the reopening of all manufacturing businesses that were forced to close. Construction companies, domestic services, retailers, and personal care services can resume operations. Restaurants can welcome customers back inside with capacity limits.

West Virginia

Reopenings slated for May 26 include state park cabins and lodges to state residents, bars, museums, and zoos.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order Friday for the next phase of reopening.

The fourth phase started May 21 as indoor malls, indoor dining, and tanning salons reopened. Shopping inside retail stores is now allowed.

Whitewater rafting and ziplining were able to resume as well as motorsport and powersport racing and state park campgrounds are now open to state residents.

Numerous businesses, including gyms, wellness centers, and all small businesses with fewer than 10 employees, previously reopened.


Numerous businesses reopened last week after the state Supreme Court on May 13 blocked the extended stay-at-home order.

State Health Secretary Andrea Palm had extended the order on April 16 to May 26.

“This case is about the assertion of power by one unelected official, Andrea Palm, and her order to all people within Wisconsin to remain in their homes, not to travel, and to close all businesses that she declares are not ‘essential’ in Emergency Order 28,” justices wrote.

“Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel, and closing businesses exceeded the statutory authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02 upon which Palm claims to rely.”

People who violated the order cannot be criminally penalized, according to the majority decision.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers delegated to Palm to extend his stay-at-home order.

“Up until now, Wisconsin was in a pretty good place in our battle against COVID-19. We had reached almost all our gating criteria. We had opened up 14,000 small businesses across the state, putting 90,000 folks back to work, and that was because of the good work of Wisconsinites across our state who banded together, stayed home, and stayed safe,” Evers said in a statement. “Despite that good work, Republican legislators have convinced four justices to throw our state into chaos.”

Local governments can still issue their own restrictions.


Yellowstone National Park reopened with restrictions on May 18 while Grand Teton National Park reopened last week.

Republican Gov. Mark Gordon has let gyms, barbershops, salons, movie theaters, and tattoo parlors reopen. Restaurants were allowed to resume dine-in service last week.

Childcare centers were able to welcome children back. Hospitals resumed elective surgeries.

“We must continue to be vigilant about social distancing,” Gordon said in a statement. “I am confident that the public and business community will continue to recognize that their actions will allow us to continue a safe, steady path forward. It is important to remember that even as we ease restrictions, COVID-19 is still with us and will continue to be present in Wyoming for some time.”

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