States Reopening After Gov. Lockdown Lifted (And Some Are Not)

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State governors have started releasing timelines for easing out of strict guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic by not renewing their stay-at-home orders. Some states have already dropped their orders, as of May 1.

While governors are under pressure to reopen their states, health officials have warned against reopening businesses and allowing large gatherings due to the concern of a fresh COVID-19 wave. Several states have planned out openings in phases.

Here is a list of each state and their plans for reopening, as of May 4, 2020.

Alabama

Gov. Kay Ivey is following the recommendations of the state task force by gradually allowing small restaurants, retailers, and other businesses to reopen after the stay-at-home order expired on April 30. Alabama will still have protective measures in place, and has closed schools for the remainder of the year.

Alaska

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has not renewed the state’s stay-at-home order, but instead has issued required health mandates that will be in place through May 20. K-12 schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed.

Arizona

The stay-at-home order in Arizona expires on May 15, and Gov. Doug Ducey has announced that elective medical procedures will resume May 1 with restrictions. Starting May 4, retail businesses will be allowed to offer curbside services, followed by in-person on May 8. K-12 schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. 

Arkansas

While Arkansas does not have a stay-at-home order in place, the public schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. Gov. Asa Hutchinson launched an economic task force on April 18 and plans to ease off restrictions by May 4.

California

California has yet to set an end date for their stay-at-home order. Gov. Gavin Newsom has started discussing reopening the state, but said there will be restrictions in place through summer. All schools have been closed for the remainder of the school year.

Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis did not extend the stay-at-home order past April 26, but instead moved into a safer at home phase that does not require people to stay home. Social distancing is still recommended, but retail stores were able to reopen for curbside services, and medical procedures resumed on April 27. Personal service businesses were permitted to open under the stipulation that they have less than 10 people in the business at a time. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Connecticut

Gov. Ned Lamont has set up an advisory board to decide on the best way to reopen that state after the stay-at-home order expires on May 20. The state is expected to reopen some time in June. They have not made a decision on returning to school.

Delaware

Gov. John Carney says Delaware is not ready to reopen yet and will not do so until things are in better condition. The stay-at-home order will last until May 15. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. 

District of Columbia

Mayor Muriel Bowser closed schools for the rest of the school year and the stay-at-home order is still in place in Washington, D.C. through May 15.

Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that businesses can start reopening on May 4. Restaurants are allowed to reopen, but in a limited capacity. Part of the state has already reopened beaches, considering them an essential activity. Elective surgeries have been allowed to resume. Schools are closed for the rest of the school year as of April 18.

Georgia

Several businesses, such as malls, hair salons, and restaurants, have already reopened since the shelter-in-place order expired on April 30. Gov. Brian Kemp has allowed elective surgeries to resume and decided schools are to be closed for the remainder of the school year.

Hawaii

Gov. David Ige extended the stay-at-home order in Hawaii until May 31. He stated that businesses will be “phased-in” when reopening and is allowing people back on beaches with social distancing still in place. In addition, the state is allowing golf courses to reopen and florists to resume deliveries on May 1. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Idaho

Idaho did not extend their stay-at-home order past April 30. Businesses, such as restaurants, gyms, salons, and movie theaters, will remain closed after May 1, but churches and daycares have reopened. Schools are closed the remainder of the school year.

Illinois

Illinois’s stay-at-home order is extended until May 31. Some restrictions will be loosened starting May 1, including resuming elective surgeries and allowing curbside service at retail stores. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is coordinating reopening the state with the governors of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Indiana

Indiana’s stay-at-home order expired April 30. Some businesses, like dentists, greenhouses and pet groomers, were allowed to reopen with restrictions. Elective surgeries were allowed to resume. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Iowa

Gov Kim Reynolds mandated a State Public Emergency Declaration that was similar to a stay-at-home order. The declaration required all non-essential businesses to close until April 30. Churches have been reopened while stores and restaurants in smaller areas reopened by 50 percent. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Kansas

Gov. Laura Kelly is opening the state in phases after the stay-at-home order expires on May 3. Libraries and daycares are allowed to reopen while residents are encouraged, but not required, to stay home. Businesses such as bars, salons, movie theaters, and gyms are closed until at least May 18. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has not set a date to end the healthy at home order, but he has announced that the state will reopen in phases that started on April 27. Non-essential medical services were allowed to resume with restrictions. Manufacturing, pet services, and professional services will be allowed to resume at a limited capacity on May 11. Churches and retail will be allowed to resume May 20. Salons and gatherings of no more than 10 people cannot resume until May 25. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Louisiana

The stay-at-home order has been extended until May 15 by Gov. John Bel Edwards. He plans to start easing off restrictions on May 15. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Maine

Gov. Janet Mills issued a stay safer at home order until May 31 rather than extend the stay-at-home order. As of May 1, nonessential medical services, salons, drive-in churches, drive-in movie theaters, and outdoor recreation were allowed to reopen.

Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan has not set an end date for the stay-at-home order. He plans to gradually reopen the state. Schools are closed until May 15.

Massachusetts

The stay-at-home advisory is extended until May 18 in Massachusetts. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year, and daycare centers are closed through June.

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order until May 15. However, she backed off some restrictions such as golfing, boating, and reopening some retailers to allow them to sell non-essential items. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz has allowed some recreational activities to resume, but the stay-at-home order is in place until May 4. Some non-essential workers were allowed to return to work on April 27. The schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Mississippi

Gov. Tate Reeves did not extend the stay-at-home order past April 27, but instead phased into safer at home until May 11. Retail stores are allowed to begin reopening at 50 percent capacity, however restaurants in Mississippi are to remain limited to pick-up and curbside service. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Missouri

Gov. Mike Parson has announced that businesses will reopen on May 4. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Montana

Gov. Steve Bullock released his plan to phase into reopening Montana. Churches were allowed to reopen on April 26 and retail and restaurants were allowed to reopen at a reduced capacity. Schools are allowed to reopen May 7.

Nebraska

Gov. Pete Ricketts did not give a stay-at-home order. Daycares, salons, churches, and most restaurants will be allowed to reopen on May 4. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak extended the stay-at-home order until May 15, but he also relaxed some restrictions on outdoor activities and retail curbside services as of May 1. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

New Hampshire

Gov. Chris Sununu is not extending the stay-at-home order past May 4 and is planning to reopen some businesses. Schools are closed in the state for the remainder of the school year.

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy has not set an end date for the stay-at-home order, but he is opening state parks and golf courses on May 2. Schools in the state are closed until May 15.

New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the stay-at-home order until May 15. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will gradually start to reopen after the stay-at-home order ends on May 15. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he has a three-phase plan to reopen North Carolina after the stay-at-home order ends on May 8. Schools are closed until May 15.

North Dakota

Non-essential businesses were closed through April, however North Dakota does not have a stay-at-home order. Businesses are allowed to reopen May 1 as long as they maintain social distancing. Schools have not set a date to reopen, but they are allowed to reopen for some activities in May.

Ohio

Gov. Mike DeWine extended the stay-at-home order until May 29 in Ohio. He has not set dates to reopen restaurants or salons, but general offices were able to open May 4 and retail on May 13. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Oklahoma

Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered a safer-at-home order, which recommends that people over the age of 65 stay home until May 6. On April 24 elective surgeries, parks, zoos, spas, and salons were all allowed to resume. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown has not set an end date for the stay-at-home order. Brown has a reopening schedule for the state starting on May 1. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf says he plans to ease out of the stay-at-home order once it expires May 8. Wolf plans to open things in phases including vehicle sales and construction. Schools are closed the rest of the school year.

Rhode Island

Gov. Gina Raimondo plans to start reopening Rhode Island in phases by industries after the stay-at-home order expires on May 8. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

South Carolina

Gov. Henry McMaster extended South Carolina’s “state of emergency” order until May 8. Some beaches and retail stores reopened on April 21. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year.

South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem says she wants to get South Dakota back to normal and does not have a stay-at-home order in place. Schools are closed in the state through the remainder of the year.

Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee did not extend the stay-at-home order for Tennessee once it expired on April 30. Tennessee state parks reopened April 24, and most restaurants were allowed to open for dine-in services with reduced capacity on April 27. Lee has asked that schools remain closed for the rest of the school year, however, it is up to each district whether they will close or not.

Texas

The stay-at-home order in Texas expired April 30. Gov. Greg Abbott announced that state parks were allowed to open April 20, “retail to go” on April 24, and businesses like restaurants, malls, and movie theaters could start reopening at 25 percent capacity on May 1. State schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Utah

Gov. Garry Herbert did not renew Utah’s version of a stay-at-home order after it expired on May 1. Businesses like restaurants, daycares, elective surgeries, and gyms were allowed to reopen with restrictions. Herbert has a phasing plan to gradually reopen things through September. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year. 

Vermont

The stay-at-home order in Vermont expires on May 15. Gov. Phil Scott allowed some “low contact” businesses to reopen with a two-person staff starting April 20. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam extended the stay-at-home order in Virginia through June 10. Essential businesses are closed through May 8, and elective medical procedures resumed on May 1. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee extended Washington’s stay-at-home order until May 31 and announced his four phase plan to reopen the state. Limited construction work has been allowed to resume and some leeway was offered to nonessential medical procedures. State parks are allowed to reopen on May 5. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice allowed some medical professionals such as pharmacists and therapists to return to work on April 30 and elective medical procedures were allowed to continue on April 28. Justice announced that nonessential businesses like outdoor dining, curbside pick up, salons, and churches are allowed to reopen on May 4. Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year. 

Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers has a plan of phasing businesses to reopen after the stay-at-home order expires on May 26. Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

Wyoming

Gov. Mark Gordon issued orders that prohibit group gatherings of 10 or more people, but Wyoming does not have a stay-at-home order. Most businesses and schools are closed. Businesses such as salons and gyms were allowed to reopen on May 1 with restrictions.

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