States reopening amid Pandemic

States are eager to open up their economies as coronavirus is continuing to spread. This pandemic has pressured almost all states to go into a lockdown in order to help stop the spread, but a couple of months later and they are rushing to fully re-open their economy. Each state varies in their efforts to reopen and those changes to states governments, greatly reflect the immense pressures from nations governors, citizens and businesses. Most businesses are universally reopening under certain restrictions based on states guidelines such as face mask requirement for workers or customers, social distancing and guidelines to the capacity at which they can open seating. All of this varies by state and their governors’ orders but as cases still on the rise, states are continuing with their plans of fully reopening. As of June 2nd, this map reflects which states are reopening to those regionally reopening.

Here is a state by state review of what has been reopened.

 

Alabama: The Governor Kay Ivey allowed the state’s stay-at- home order to expire on April 30th and is now transitioning to a “safer at home” model.

 

  • Outdoor and Recreation: Beaches and Gyms
  • Retail
  • Food and Drink: Restaurant dining, as well as bars and breweries
  • Personal care: Salons and Barbershops
  • Entertainment: Venues

 

Alaska: Governor Mike Dunleavy eased his states restrictions on several businesses which started on April 24th. Alaska was among the first restarts in the nation. All businesses were allowed to open at full capacity on May 22nd.

 

  • Food and Drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Retail
  • Personal Care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and pools
  • Entertainment: Libraries, theaters, bowling alleys and museums

 

Arizona: Governor Doug Ducey extended the original stay at home order through May 15th but had allowed retail and other businesses to begin opening sooner. The state is currently planning to reopen under a “return stronger” plan.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Pools, gyms, spas etc.
  • Entertainment: Casinos

 

Arkansas: Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a reopening plan by phases with significant changes which started on May 6th. Arkansas did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.

 

  • Outdoor and recreation: Campgrounds, gyms, and pools
  • Personal care: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and Drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Entertainment: Theaters, stadiums, museums, bowling alleys and casinos

 

Colorado: Governor Jared Polis transitioned to a “safer at home” approach which retail business and others could start opening up with restrictions and guidelines. Social distancing is still preferred.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Campgrounds
  • Industries: Offices and manufacturing

 

Connecticut: Governor Ned Lamont allowed the state’s stay-at-home order to expire on May 20th.

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining outdoor seating
  • Outdoor and recreation: Beaches
  • Entertainment: Casinos, museums and zoos

 

Delaware: Governor John Carney allowed certain businesses to reopen with restriction in May but most businesses are fully allowed to reopen on June 1st. The shelter in place expired on May 31st.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurants, bars and breweries, farmers markets
  • Outdoor and recreation: Pools, gyms, beaches etc.
  • Entertainment: Casinos, libraries, museums, galleries and live performances

 

District of Columbia: The state at home order expired on May 29th. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to reopen some businesses starting May 29th. The original stay at home order was set to expire on June 8th but moved to be lifted on May 29th instead.

 

  • Retail: stores open for curbside pickup
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurants open for outdoor dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Dog parks, gold courses, tennis court and parks
  • Entertainment: Libraries open for curbside pickup

 

Florida: The stay-at-home order expired on May 4th. Governor Ron DeSantis allowed limited openings for restaurants and stores on May 4th and are working to reopen by phases.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Beaches, trails and gyms
  • Entertainment: Sporting venues without speculators
  • Houses of worship

 

Georgia: Shelter in place order expired on April 30th. Governor Brian Kemp laid out certain requirements for reopening businesses such as screening workers for fever and has stated that it would not be business as usual.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, theaters, private social clubs, bars and nightclubs

 

Hawaii: Stay-at-home order expired on May 31st. Governor David Ige had extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31st but allowed certain businesses including retail stores to begin reopening on May 7th with restrictions.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors in certain areas etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining in some areas
  • Outdoor and recreation: Beaches, piers, docks, etc.; State parks; Pools and waterparks in some areas; Campgrounds in some areas; Gyms in some areas
  • Houses of worship
  • Industries: Construction in some areas

 

Idaho: Stay-at-home order expired on April 30th. Governor Brad Little stated that Idaho will now move into stage three of its reopening. May 30th, bars and movie theaters will reopen but other large venues will remain closed until stage four of reopening is reached.

 

  • Houses of worship
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, pools and waterparks
  • Entertainment: Movie theaters

 

Indiana: Stay-at-home order expired on May 4th. Governor Eric Holcomb eased restrictions and allowed for reopening of some businesses on May 4th.

 

  • Retail: Stores in all counties
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, pools, courts and campgrounds
  • Entertainment: Libraries and Movie theaters
  • Houses of Worship
  • Industries: Manufacturing and offices

 

Iowa: Governor Kim Reynolds loosened the restrictions which started on May 1st. All counties will see lifted restrictions on May 15th. Iowa did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, pools, playgrounds, campgrounds, rinks and parks
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, theaters, museums, zoos, casinos, venues outdoor, amusement parks
  • Houses of worship

 

Kansas: Stay-at-home order expired on May 3rd. Much of the reopening Is at the discretion of the individual counties.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, community centers, sports facilities
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, theaters and museums
  • Industries: Offices
  • Houses of worships

 

Kentucky: Healthy at home is in effect since March 26th. Governor Andy Beshear announced the plan to reopen retail stores and other businesses on May 20th. Houses of worship were allowed to open earlier once a federal judge intervened.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and pool centers
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys and theaters
  • Houses of worship
  • Industries: Manufacturing, construction and offices

 

Louisiana: Stay-at-home order expired on May 15th. Governor John Bel Edwards lifted the state’s stay-at-home order and businesses to reopen at a 25% capacity starting May 15th.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars with food licenses
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and parks
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, theaters, casinos, museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Houses of worship

 

Maine: Stay-at-home order expired on May 31st. Governor Janet mills is taking a regional approach for reopening the state. June 1st will be a statewide opening of certain businesses and activities.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: State parks, boating, gold courses, campgrounds, RV parks
  • Houses of worship

 

Maryland: Stay-at-home order expired on May 15th. Governor Larry Hogan allowed stores and houses of worship to reopen with social distancing guidelines on May 15th. The city of Baltimore remained closed until May 29th.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining outdoor, outdoor service at breweries, wineries and distilleries.
  • Outdoor and recreation: Golf courses, shooting ranges, marinas, campgrounds, outdoor pools and day camps and beaches.
  • Houses of Worship

 

Massachusetts: Stay-at-home order expired on May 18th. Governor Charlie Baker announced the state’s reopening with four phases scheduled to last about three weeks each.

 

  • Retail: Stores for curbside pickup
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Golf courses, beached, parks, fishing, boating.
  • Houses of worship
  • Industries: Construction, manufacturing, offices.

 

Minnesota: Stay-at-home order expired on May 17th. Governor Tim Walz allowed employees in certain industrial and office settings to return to work starting April 27th. Once the stay-at-home order had expired, retail businesses were allowed to reopen at a 50% capacity. Bars, restaurants and salons will start reopening in the month of June.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars for outdoor service
  • Outdoor and recreation: Campgrounds
  • Houses of worship
  • Industries: Manufacturing and offices

 

Mississippi: The state’s shelter in place expired on April 27th. Governor Tate Reeves allowed the state’s stay-at-home order to expire on April 27th and lifted restriction on certain stores allowing to reopen to customers with restrictions. All businesses are allowed to reopen starting June 1st.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and state parks
  • Entertainment: Casinos, Movie theaters, libraries and museums

 

Missouri: Stay-at-home order expired on May 3rd. Governor Mike Parson started reopening the economy on May 4th. Under this order, all businesses are allowed to operate as long as they follow social distancing guidelines and seating spacing.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and campgrounds
  • Entertainment: Movie theaters, music venues, etc.

 

Montana: Stay-at-home order expired on April 26th. Governor Steve Bullock is allowing reopening the economy in phases. Houses of worship on April 26th and retail stores on April 27th. Bars and restaurants will also be allowed to reopen on May 4th. Montana is one of the very few states where schools have the option to reopen this academic year and a few schools have taken advantage of that and begun reopening on May 7th.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining, bars, breweries and distilleries
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, theaters, music venues, movie theaters etc.
  • Houses of worship

 

Nebraska: This state did not have a statewide stay-at-home order. Governor Pete Ricketts announced a plan to reopen certain businesses in regions starting May 4th and all counties on June 1st.

 

  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars in certain counties
  • Outdoor and recreation: Pools in certain counties
  • Entertainment: Zoos and movie theaters in certain counties
  • Houses of worships

 

Nevada: Stay-at-home order expired on May 9th. Governor Steve Sisolak stated that restaurants and other care businesses would be able to reopen on May 9th with regulations. Casinos and gaming can resume on June 4th.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, pools, waterparks, golf courses, courts and parks
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums, gaming and outdoor attractions
  • Houses of worship

 

New Hampshire: Stay-at-home order is in effect since March 27th and is set to expire on June 15th. Governor Chris Sununu extended they stay-at-home order until June 15th but allowed certain businesses to open starting with retail and salons on May 11th.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining open for outdoor seating
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms for small group training, golf courses, outdoor attractions and beaches
  • Houses of worship

 

New Mexico: Stay-at-home order expired on May 31st. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham had extended the original stay-at-home order through the end of May but allowed certain businesses and houses of worship to reopen at a limited capacity on May 16th. The three northwestern counties with the most outbreaks were shut down till June 1st.

 

  • Retail: Stores at a 25% capacity and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, pools, gold courses, parks and boating
  • Houses of worships
  • Industries: Offices at a 25% capacity

 

North Carolina: Stay-at-home order expired on May 22nd. Governor Roy Cooper urged people to stay at home but increased the reasons for the ability to go out.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: pools

 

North Dakota: This state did not have a statewide stay-at-home order. Governor Doug Burgum allowed many businesses to reopen starting May 1st.

 

  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and sport venues
  • Entertainment: entertainment and music venues, and movie theaters

 

Ohio: Stay-at-home order expired on May 29th. Governor Mike DeWine had extended the order for people to remain home but also allowed many businesses to reopen.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, campgrounds, pools, sport leagues, mini golf, and batting cages
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys
  • Industries: Manufacturing, distribution, construction and offices

 

Oklahoma: This state did not have a stay-at-home order. Governor Kevin Stitt lifted restrictions on businesses such as salons, barbers and many more on April 24th. On May 1st, dining, theaters, gyms, sporting venues and houses of worship were allowed to reopen statewide with certain guidelines and restrictions. Phase three is set to begin on June 1st.

 

  • Houses of worship
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and state parks
  • Entertainment: nightclubs, theaters, museums and sport venues
  • Industries: Offices

 

Puerto Rico: Stay at home curfew is in effect since March 15th and is set to expire on June 15th.

 

  • Retail: Stores and outdoor malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, pet grooming
  • Food and drink: Restaurants
  • Outdoor and recreation: Beaches

 

Rhode Island: Stay-at-home order expired on May 8th. Governor Gina Raimondo lifted many restrictions on businesses but encourages social distancing and limiting browsing time at retail stores.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, beaches and state parks
  • Houses of worship
  • Industries: Offices

 

South Carolina: Stay-at-home order expired on May 4th. Governor Henry McMaster was among the last to issue a stay-at-home order and also among the first to begin reopening starting April 20th.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, pools, beaches, docks, piers etc.

 

South Dakota: This state did not have a statewide stay-at-home order. Governor Kristi Noem had announced a “back to normal” plan which offered guidelines to businesses about reopening. The surrounding areas must see a downward trend in cases for 14 days to reopen.

 

Texas: Stay-at-home order expired on April 30th. Governor Greg Abbott lifted the stay-at-home order on April 30th which made Texas one of the shortest orders in the country.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, pools, parks, waterparks and zoos
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, theaters, museums, libraries, bingo, skating and aquariums
  • Industries: Offices and manufacturing

 

Utah: This state did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.

 

  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms

 

Vermont: Stay-at-home order expired on May 15th.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Outdoor and recreation: state parks, golf courses, trails etc.
  • Industries: Manufacturing, construction and distribution

 

Virginia: Stay-at-home order is in effect since March 30th and set to expire on June 10th. Governor Ralph Northman stated that the first phase of reopening would start on May 15th and all counties were allowed to reopen on May 28th.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant and bars for outdoor seating and dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: beaches and campgrounds
  • Houses of worship

 

West Virginia: Stay-at-home order expired on May 3rd.

 

  • Retail: Stores and malls
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, pet groomers, tanning salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, rec centers, parks, campgrounds, zoos and pools
  • Entertainment: Bowling alleys, pool halls and roller rinks

 

Wisconsin: Stay-at-home order was shut down on May 13th. The state Supreme Court struck down Governor Tony Evers’s stay-at-home order which was ruled effective immediately.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: pet groomers for curbside drop off
  • Food and drink: Restaurants
  • Outdoor and recreation: Golf courses and state parks

 

Wyoming: This state did not have a statewide stay-at-home order. Governor Mark Gordon had begun lifting the states restrictions on May 1st.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms and state parks
  • Entertainment: movie theaters and entertainment venues

 

 

Here are the states that governors are allowing certain counties or regions to reopen as long as they meet criteria for slowing the spread and outbreak.

 

California: Stay-at-home order is in effect since March 19th. California was one of the very first state in the nation to order stay at home. Governor Gavin Newsom has led this state to reopening starting May 12th with restaurants and shopping centers in the counties that met the certain criteria.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc. in some counties
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining in some counties
  • Houses of worship
  • Industries: Manufacturing, warehouses and offices

 

Illinois: Stay-at-home order expired on May 29th. Governor J.B. Pritzker loosened restriction on May 1st. On May 29th, a broader reopening was scheduled for much of the state. Chicago is expected to move into phase three on June 3rd.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas etc.
  • Food and drink: Restaurants open for outdoor dining
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, state parks, boating, gold courses
  • Industries: Manufacturing and offices

 

Michigan: Stay-at-home order expired on June 1st. As of June 1st, groups up to 100 people can gather outdoors.

 

  • Retail: Stores statewide by appointments
  • Medical: veterinary services available
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining in certain counties and bars in certain counties
  • Outdoor and recreation: Golf courses and marinas
  • Industries: Construction, real estate, manufacturing, offices in certain counties

 

New York: Stay-at-home order expired on May 28th. Governor Andrew Cuomo started reopening by region on May 15th. By an executive order on May 22nd, groups of up to 10 people can gather for any reason. They are moving to the first phase of reopening on June 8th. New York has a requirement of wearing face mask or covering when going out and near others.

 

  • Retail: Stores open for pickup in some regions. In person shopping in some regions
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops in some regions
  • Houses of worship
  • Outdoor and recreation: Beaches
  • Industries: Construction, manufacturing in some regions, fishing and hunting is some regions and offices in some regions

 

 

Oregon: Stay-at-home order in effect since March 23rd. Governor Kate Brown has approved 31 of a total of 36 counties for reopening and allowed retail stores to reopen statewide on May 15th. The states most populated areas are still under a stay-at-home order.

 

  • Retail: Stores
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops in some counties
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining in some counties
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, state parks and outdoor facilities in some counties

 

Pennsylvania: Stay-at-home order in effect since April 1st and will expire on June 4th. Governor Tom Wolf has taken a county-by-county approach to shutting down prior to issuing a statewide stay-at-home order. He is allowing counties to open in phases. By June 5th, about 80% of the state will be in a phase of reopening.

 

  • Retail: Stores in some counties
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc. in some counties
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining and bars in some counties
  • Outdoor and recreation: Gyms, gold courses, marinas, privately owned campgrounds; gyms in some counties
  • Entertainment: theaters, casinos and shopping malls in some counties

 

Tennessee: Stay-at-home order expired on April 30th. Governor Bill Lee has stated that all reopening plans will follow guidelines for social distancing.

 

  • Retail: Stores in most counties
  • Personal care: Salons, barbershops, nail salons etc. in most counties
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining in most counties
  • Outdoor and recreation: state parks, gyms in most counties, theaters, museums and amusement parks

 

Washington: Stay-at-home order expired on May 31st. Governor Jay Inslee extended the shutdown order through the end of May. Some small counties were approved for partially reopening.

 

  • Retail: Stores open to curbside pickup
  • Personal care: Pet grooming
  • Food and drink: Restaurant dining in certain counties
  • Outdoor and recreation: State parks, fishing, hunting and golf courses
  • Houses of worship
  • Internship: Construction

 

New Jersey: Stay-at-home order in effect since March 21st and set to expire on June 5th. Governor Phil Murphy has allowed limited reopening’s of certain businesses. State though remains largely locked down.

 

  • Retail: Stores open to curbside pickup
  • Industries: Construction
  • Outdoor and recreation: gold courses, outdoor businesses and beaches

 

Coronavirus is still on the rise in many states as they have reopened and with current events in our society failing to social distance there is a high probability that the cases of COVID-19 will continue to rise into a potential new wave.

For a comprehensive look into new coronavirus cases by state clink the link here.

 

Sources Used: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/us/states-reopen-coronavirus-trnd/

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/20/859723846/all-50-u-s-states-have-now-started-to-reopen-easing-covid-19-shutdown

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Mr McDonough has been involved in Politics and the Entertainment Industry since 1988. He has worked inside Washington DC and with many political campaigns over the years. He hopes to make Political Awareness as force for non partisan real information and political awareness for all voters.

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