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US states with tentative re-opening dates

A handful of US states already have tentative dates to open up again following coronavirus-related lockdowns as President Donald Trump outlined guidelines for a phased reopening of the devastated US economy. 

Alabama, Idaho, Ohio and Michigan have all expressed plans to reopen in some form by May 1, while Colorado has indicted April 26 and Oklahoma says April 30 for possible dates to kick start parts of their economies again.  

Several others, like Texas and Florida, are expected on Friday to announce updated timetables for lifting restrictions just one day after Trump’s announcement. 

Meanwhile, states like hard-hit New York had already committed to extending lockdown measures into at least mid-May prior to Trump unveiling his three-stage guidelines. 

About 95 percent of the country currently remains on some form of lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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There are varying degrees of stay-at-home orders in those states with the most extreme shutting down all non-essential businesses and urging people to remain indoors unless absolutely necessary. 

Seven states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming – still have no stay-at-home orders in place for its residents. 

Despite no stay-at-home orders in those seven states, some have closed down schools and some non-essential businesses amid the pandemic. They too are looking to start reopening the state economies. 

Ohio’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday his state was planning to reopen some businesses on May 1. 

‘We must get Ohio’s economy moving again. We must get people back to work,’ DeWine said during his coronavirus briefing.

The governor said he had put together an economic advisory board, which is made up of small and big business CEOs, as part of the plan to start reopening.  

In re-opening any business, DeWine said it was essential to provide a safe working environment to avoid a spike in coronavirus cases.

‘During the stay at home time, the companies that were allowed to continue have learned a lot and we’ve seen them put in place some very, very stringent measures. In a sense, this has been a trial period where we can see some of the things that work,’ he said.

He said the advisory board was currently working on the plan, saying: ‘We’ve got a lot more work to do between now and May 1 because we want to get this right.’

DeWine did, however, warn that life would not resume as normal for some period of time: ‘I am an optimist and am confident that Ohioans will also live up to the challenge of doing things differently as we open back up beginning on May 1.’  

Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Ohio's Republican Governor Mike DeWine

Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Ohio’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine have both flagged the possibility of partly re-opening their respective states by May 1 

Trump on Thursday gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out 'a phased and deliberate approach' to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Trump on Thursday gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out ‘a phased and deliberate approach’ to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Friday she hoped to begin re-engaging parts of the economy on May 1. 

Her state has faced one of the fastest growing infection rates but some residents have taken to the streets in protest over the strict lockdown and their inability to return to work.  

‘I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1 but it’s two weeks away, and the information, the data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly,’ she said in an interview with GMA. ‘It’s hard to tell you precisely where we’ll be one week from now, let alone two weeks from now.’

It comes after four sheriffs issued a joint statement saying that while they would spread public health messages about hand-washing and social distancing, they would not strictly enforce Whitmer’s stay-at-home policy because people needed to get back to normal life. 

Mississippi’s Republican Governor Tate Reeves said he would extend by a week a stay-at-home order that was set to expire on Monday while easing some restrictions early next week. 

In Utah, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox told CNN that parts of the state economy may reopen cautiously in the next couple of weeks. 

In Texas and Florida, Republican governors were expected on Friday to outline plans for a gradual reopening of their states with both of the stay-at-home guidelines set to expire on April 30. 

The governors of states in various parts of the country have already agreed to work together to coordinate reopening their states. 

Seven Midwestern governors announced on Thursday they would coordinate after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast.  The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky. 

The West Coast pact includes: Washington, Oregon and California and the Northeast includes: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

It comes as Trump gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out ‘a phased and deliberate approach’ to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.  

The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in harder-hit locations. They make clear that the return to normalcy will be a far longer process than Trump initially envisioned, with federal officials warning that some social distancing measures may need to remain in place through the end of the year to prevent a new outbreak. 

Guidelines largely reinforce plans already in the works by governors who have primary responsibility for public health in their states. 

Just one day after laying out his roadmap Trump urged his supporters to ‘LIBERATE’ three states led by Democratic governors on Friday, in effect encouraging protests against the stay-at-home restrictions against the coronavirus. 

The president took to Twitter with the kind of rhetoric some of his supporters have used to demand the lifting of the orders that have thrown millions of Americans out of work. 

Ohio: . About 100 protesters assembled outside the building during Gov. Mike DeWine's weekday update on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, upset that the state remains under a Stay-At-Home order and that non-essential businesses remain closed

Ohio: . About 100 protesters assembled outside the building during Gov. Mike DeWine’s weekday update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, upset that the state remains under a Stay-At-Home order and that non-essential businesses remain closed

Thousands of furious demonstrators have gathered at Michigan's state Capitol, creating a massive traffic jam filled with honking cars and flag-waving protesters in defiance of the state's stringent statewide stay-at-home orders on Wednesday. Protesters, some showing off guns, pictured on the front steps of Lansing's Capitol building urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lift her lockdown mandate

Thousands of furious demonstrators have gathered at Michigan’s state Capitol, creating a massive traffic jam filled with honking cars and flag-waving protesters in defiance of the state’s stringent statewide stay-at-home orders on Wednesday. Protesters, some showing off guns, pictured on the front steps of Lansing’s Capitol building urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lift her lockdown mandate

Protesters were seen not wearing masks and failing to maintain social distancing at the Wednesday protest

Protesters were seen not wearing masks and failing to maintain social distancing at the Wednesday protest

‘LIBERATE MINNESOTA!’ ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN!’ ‘LIBERATE VIRGINIA,’ Trump said in a tweet-storm in which also lashed out at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for complaining about the federal response. 

As sweeping stay-at-home orders in shuttered businesses, disrupted lives and decimated the economy, protesters began taking to the streets to urge governors to rethink the restrictions. 

A few dozen protesters, many with young children, gathered in Virginia’s state capital of Richmond on Thursday in defiance of Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s mandate. 

On Wednesday, thousands of Michigan residents blocked traffic in Lansing, the state capital, while protesters in Kentucky disrupted Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s afternoon news briefing on the pandemic, chanting ‘We want to work!’

States including Utah, North Carolina and Ohio also saw demonstrations this week, and more are planned for the coming days, including in Oregon, Idaho and Texas. 

The United States has seen the highest death toll of any country in the pandemic, and public health officials have warned that a premature easing of social distancing orders could exacerbate it.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to ‘reopen’ the economy as soon as possible and has clashed with governors over whether he can overrule their stay-at-home orders.

The political wrangling over the COVID-19 crisis has begun to take on familiar partisan battle lines. Democratic strongholds in dense urban centers such as Seattle and Detroit have been hard hit by the virus, while more Republican-leaning rural communities are struggling with the shuttered economy but have seen fewer cases. 

Increasingly, Republican state lawmakers, including some in Texas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, have begun putting pressure on governors to reopen businesses. Pennsylvania’s Republican-led legislature passed a bill that would loosen restrictions, which Democratic Governor Tom Wolf was expected to veto. 

STATE-WIDE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS

Alabama  

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Non-essential businesses closed to the public
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 

Alaska 

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses are limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 
  • Travelers from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 

Arizona 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses are limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 

Arkansas 

  • No state-wide stay-at-home order 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings – doesn’t apply to unenclosed outdoor spaces or places of worship
  • Gym and entertainment venues closed, hotels and vacation rentals restricted to authorized guests
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 

California

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order 
  • Gatherings in a single room or place prohibited
  • Nonessential businesses are limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only
A sign promoting awareness of COVID-19 hangs over a road in Ketchum, Idaho

A sign promoting awareness of COVID-19 hangs over a road in Ketchum, Idaho

Colorado 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 26
  • Public and private gatherings of any number prohibited with limited exceptions
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  • Restaurants and bars limited to takeout only

Connecticut 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 20 
  • Five person limit on social gatherings, 50-person limit for religious services 
  • Non-essential businesses must suspend all in-person operations
  • Out-of-state visitors strongly urged to self-quarantine
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Delaware 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 15 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state who aren’t just passing through must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Florida 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • No social gatherings public spaces – with religious exemptions
  • Nonessential services closed to the public – but gun stores remain open
  • Visitors from COVID-19 hot spots such as New York must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Georgia

  • Shelter-in-place order until April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Hawaii

  • Stay-at-home order at least through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Idaho

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • Non-essential gatherings prohibited 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Illinois

  • Stay-at-home order through at least April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
Golfers practice social distancing at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia

Golfers practice social distancing at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia

Indiana

  • Stay-at-home order through April 20, but likely to be extended 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Iowa

  • No stay-at-home order 
  • Nonessential businesses ordered to close until April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Kansas

  • Stay-at-home order until May 3 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings – exempting funerals and religious services with social distancing
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Residents who traveled to California, Florida, New York or Washington state after March 14, or visited Illinois or New Jersey after March 22, must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Kentucky 

  • No stay-at-home order 
  • Mass gatherings prohibited, smaller gatherings allowed with social distancing 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Louisiana 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
A customer wears a face mask while picking up food at the Municipal Fish Market in DC

A customer wears a face mask while picking up food at the Municipal Fish Market in DC

Maine

  • ‘Stay healthy at home’ executive order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Maryland 

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Massachusetts

  • Non-essential businesses closed through May 4 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings 
  • Visitors from out of state advised to self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Michigan 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • Public gatherings prohibited – with religious exemptions  
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Minnesota 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 3
  • Entertainment and performance venues closed 
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only 

Mississippi 

  • Stay at home order through April 20
  • Schools closed through the end of the semester
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Missouri

  • ‘Stay Home Missouri’ order through April 24
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses must enforce social distancing  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Montana

  • Stay-at-home order through April 24
  • Nonessential social and recreational gatherings prohibited  
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Nebraska

  • No stay-at-home order
  • Hair salons, tattoo parlors and strip clubs closed through May 31 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Nevada

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30.
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Recreational, entertainment and personal-care businesses closed, including casinos  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New Hampshire

  • Stay-at-home order through May 4 
  • Nine person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New Jersey

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential retail businesses must close bricks-and-mortar premises. Recreational and entertainment businesses also closed  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New Mexico

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30  
  • Five person limit on gatherings in a single room
  • Nonessential businesses must suspend all in-person operations 
  • Arriving air travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New York 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 15
  • Nonessential gatherings prohibited   
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
  • Masks must be worn in situations where social distancing is not possible 

North Carolina

  • Stay-at-home order through April 29
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

North Dakota

  • No stay-at-home order
  • Schools, restaurants, fitness centers, movie theaters and salons closed
  • No state-wide directive on gatherings  
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Ohio

  • Stay-at-home order through May 1
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Oklahoma

  • ‘Safer at Home’ order until April 30 for people over the age of 65 and other vulnerable residents
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses must suspend services 
  • Visitors arriving from New York, California, Louisiana and Washington must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Oregon

  •  Indefinite stay-at-home order
  • 25 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Pennsylvania 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • Gatherings prohibited 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Rhode Island

  • Stay-at-home order through May 8 
  • Five person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
A couple in protective masks walk through Central Park in New York City

A couple in protective masks walk through Central Park in New York City

South Carolina

  • ‘State of Emergency’ executive order extended through at least April 27 
  • Three person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

South Dakota

  • No stay-at-home order
  • Unnecessary gatherings of 10 or more prohibited

Tennessee 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Texas

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Air travelers flying to Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana or Washington – or Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami – must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Utah

  • No stay-at-home order
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Businesses must minimize face-to-face contact with high-risk employees  
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Vermont

  • Stay-at-home order through May 15
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Virginia

  • Stay-at-home order through June 10
  • Recreation and entertainment businesses closed through May 8 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Washington

  • Stay-at-home order through May 4
  • All gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are prohibited 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

West Virginia

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order
  • Five-person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from coronavirus hotspots must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Wisconsin

  • ‘Safer at Home’ order prohibits all nonessential travel until May 26 
  • All public and private gatherings are prohibited with limited exceptions. 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Self-quarantine recommended for out-of-state visitors 
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only 

Wyoming 

  • No stay-at-home order – but social distancing restrictions through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings in a confined space
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 
  • Anyone entering the state except for essential work must quarantine for 14 days

 

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