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Update: See Which States Are Reopening and Which Are Still Shut Down

Updated April 27, 2020

After weeks of shutdown, the nation is beginning to slowly, cautiously re-emerge.

The first beaches and state parks have opened back up, beacons of open space and fresh air. A few barbers have returned to work, clippers in hand, masks over their faces. Even some restaurants are getting ready to serve customers again — at tables spread far apart.

Like the decisions to shut down and order residents to stay at home, the plans to reopen have come state by state or region by region. They have brought sighs of relief in some corners but kindled fears of a resurgence in others.

 
REOPENING

The first businesses were allowed to reopen in some states, including retail stores in South Carolina and salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors in Georgia. Even as some states begin to reopen, orders may remain in place by city or county, creating a patchwork of restrictions.

Alaska

Stay at home in effect since March 28

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, eased restrictions on restaurants, retail stores, and nonessential businesses, including hair and nail salons, which were allowed to begin reopening starting April 24. The restart, among the first in the nation, came with strict requirements. For example, restaurants can take reservations only — not walk-ins — and can seat up to 25 percent capacity.

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Colorado

Stay at home expired on April 26

As the state’s stay-at-home order expired, Gov. Jared Polis asked Colorado to transition to a “safer at home” approach. In the new phase, retail businesses are allowed to open for curbside pickup and real estate showings can resume. On May 1, personal care businesses, like hair salons, will be able to reopen with precautions. But Mr. Polis, a Democrat, said he still expected people to maintain 60 to 65 percent physical distancing. “We still have work to do,” he said. “We are not through the woods yet.”

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Georgia

Shelter in place set to expire April 30

Gov. Brian Kemp went toe-to-toe with the White House and local mayors over his decision to reopen large parts of Georgia’s economy. Mr. Kemp’s plan allowed gyms, hair and nail salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors to reopen on April 24. Starting April 27, restaurants are allowed to resume limited dine-in service, and movie theaters and other entertainment venues will also be allowed to reopen. But Mr. Kemp, a Republican, laid out certain requirements — including screening workers for fevers — and said it would not be “business as usual.”

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Minnesota

Stay at home set to expire May 3

Though the stay-at-home order is in effect into May, Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, will allow employees in certain agriculture, industrial and office settings to return to work starting April 27. The move will allow as many as 100,000 residents to return to work, his office said.

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Mississippi

Shelter in place expired on April 27

Some retail stores began reopening at half-capacity in Mississippi, after the stay-at-home order expired on April 27. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, lifted restrictions on certain businesses, but others, including gyms, spas and pet groomers, remained closed.

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Montana

Stay at home expired on April 26

Plans are underway to reopen Montana in phases, beginning with houses of worship on April 26 and retail stores on April 27. Restaurants and bars are expected to reopen in some form beginning May 4. “Our new normal is going to look different,” Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said. “This virus isn’t gone from Montana.”

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Oklahoma

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

Oklahoma was among a handful of states where governors did not issue formal stay-at-home orders. Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, lifted restrictions on businesses starting with salons, barbers, and pet groomers on April 24. Restaurant dining, movie theaters, gyms, houses of worship, and sporting venues are expected to reopen statewide — with certain restrictions — starting May 1.

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South Carolina

Stay at home in effect since April 7

Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, was among the last to issue a stay-at-home order and was also among the first to begin opening up his state, starting April 20. The reopening began with retail stores, which are under instructions to operate at 20 percent capacity.

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Tennessee

Stay at home set to expire April 30

Though the state’s stay-at-home order is in effect through April 30, Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, announced plans for restaurants to reopen starting April 27, with retail stores to follow. Newly reopened businesses will be under instructions to operate at 50-percent capacity.

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EXPIRING SOON

Several states have stay-at-home orders that are scheduled to lift by the end of April. Governors could choose to let them expire or to extend them. In some states, it’s also possible that stay-at-home orders will lift separately from restrictions for restaurants and other businesses.

Alabama

Stay at home set to expire April 30

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Arizona

Stay at home set to expire April 30

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Florida

Stay at home set to expire April 30

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Idaho

Stay at home set to expire April 30

Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, outlined a detailed, tentative plan for reopening that would come in four stages. The first phase would begin with houses of worship in early May. The approach would ramp up reopening with restaurants, gyms and salons later that month. But some recreational venues — like nightclubs and movie theaters — are expected to remain closed until at least late June.

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Maine

Stay at home set to expire April 30

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Nevada

Stay at home set to expire April 30

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Texas

Stay at home set to expire April 30

Gov. Greg Abbott said he would allow his stay-at-home order to lapse on April 30, a move that would give Texas one of the shortest such orders in the country. Mr. Abbott, a Republican, said that Texas was not as hard-hit as other states, had expanded testing, stocked up on protective equipment and had the third-most coronavirus recoveries in the country. As part of reopening, all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls can reopen on May 1, with limited capacity.

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SHUT DOWN OR RESTRICTED

Other states, notably New York, California and Illinois, remain on lockdown, with shutdown orders firmly in place. A handful of states never issued formal stay-at-home orders but did place restrictions on restaurants, bars and public life that remain in place.

Arkansas

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

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California

Stay at home in effect since March 19

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Connecticut

Stay at home in effect since March 23

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Delaware

Shelter in place in effect since March 24

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District of Columbia

Stay at home in effect since April 1

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Hawaii

Stay at home in effect since March 25

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Illinois

Stay at home in effect since March 21

The stay-at-home order in Illinois is shaping up to be one of the lengthiest in the country after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans to extend the order through the end of May. But Mr. Pritzker, a Democrat, also loosened restrictions on certain outdoor activities. Starting May 1, state parks will begin to reopen, and golfing will be allowed under strict social distancing rules.

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Indiana

Stay at home in effect since March 24

Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 1, but he loosened restrictions on certain businesses, such as greenhouses, plant nurseries and pet groomers. Restrictions on routine medical procedures are scheduled to lift on April 27.

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Iowa

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

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Kansas

Stay at home in effect since March 30

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Kentucky

Healthy at home in effect since March 26

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Louisiana

Stay at home in effect since March 23

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Maryland

Stay at home in effect since March 30

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Massachusetts

Stay at home advisory in effect since March 24

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Michigan

Stay at home in effect since March 24

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until May 15, but she lifted some restrictions, including on landscaping, nurseries and bicycle repair businesses. Retail stores are allowed to reopen for curbside pick-up and delivery.

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Missouri

Stay at home in effect since April 6

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Nebraska

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

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New Hampshire

Stay at home in effect since March 27

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New Jersey

Stay at home in effect since March 21

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New Mexico

Stay at home in effect since March 24

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New York

Stay at home in effect since March 22

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat who has become a national player in the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, laid out a broad outline for a gradual restart in New York allowing some “low-risk” businesses upstate to reopen as soon as mid-May. He did not speculate about when restrictions would be eased in New York City and its surrounding suburbs, which have been hardest hit by the virus.

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North Carolina

Stay at home in effect since March 30

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North Dakota

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

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Ohio

Stay at home in effect since March 23

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a cautious reopening plan that included resuming health care appointments on May 1, and the reopening of retail stores starting May 12. But Mr. DeWine, a Republican whose approach has been among the most aggressive, said that other businesses — including restaurants and salons — would have to wait. “We are not quite there yet,” he said.

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Oregon

Stay at home in effect since March 23

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Pennsylvania

Stay at home in effect since April 1

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat who took a county-by-county approach to restrictions before issuing a statewide stay-at-home order, has said he will take a similar approach to reopening. His plan for reopening will be color-coded and come in phases — red, yellow and green — starting with the northwestern and central parts of the state.

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Rhode Island

Stay at home in effect since March 28

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South Dakota

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

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Utah

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

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Vermont

Stay at home in effect since March 25

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Virginia

Stay at home in effect since March 30

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Washington

Stay at home in effect since March 23

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West Virginia

Stay at home in effect since March 24

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Wisconsin

Stay at home in effect since March 25

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Wyoming

No stay-at-home order statewide, but other restrictions in place

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