Every state is now reopened. See where your state stands
Connecticut became the 50th and final state to move toward reopening, allowing retail stores and restaurants to begin serving patrons once again on May 20. State-by-state, the country is reopening businesses, with some U.S. territories less restrictive than others. States like South Dakota and Iowa stayed mostly open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while many Northeast states went into full lockdown.
The White House released its Guidelines for Opening Up America Again in April, although final decisions on reopening procedures were left to individual states. To find out the reopening phase of each state, Stacker researched state government websites and local breaking news reports to see what is open and what remains closed. The services and businesses included in each phase vary widely by state, with most issuing orders in three- and four-phased plans. Some states have made decisions on reopening broadly, while others have gone on a county-by-county basis.
Harder-hit states such as Washington are taking a more conservative approach to reopening, though Texas, Arizona, and Alabama are among a few states already entering Phase II of their individual plans.
Regardless of what phase they’ve entered, every state is recommending practicing social distancing of at least six feet and wearing a mask to help reduce the risk of infection as public activity increases. Those recommendations have not always been followed, as seen with the reopening of Yosemite National Park on May 18, as thousands of unmasked visitors visited the Wyoming park.
Alaska will open houses of worship on May 22, but other states' churches remain closed, as the reopening of religious services has been a point of contention in some states. Some New Jersey churches have announced plans to reopen in violation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s prohibitions.
Continue reading to find out the status of your state’s reopening plans.
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Now in the second phase of openings, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey amended the safer-at-home order, allowing fitness centers, hair and nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors to open their doors along with bars and eateries on May 11. However, bars and restaurants have had to adhere to certain Alabama Department of Public Health restrictions, including no large waiting lines at entrances to avoid customers standing close together. Larger event gatherings, including concerts and sporting events, remain barred until further notice.
[Pictured: A mechanic waits for customers in Montgomery, Alabama.]
On May 22, houses of worship in Alaska will open their doors. With some of the fewest reported COVID-19 cases in the isolated state surrounded by water, the government began reopening businesses as early as April 24. As of May 8, Gov. Mike Dunleavy allowed retail stores, bars, restaurants, and fitness businesses to open doors for the second phase of openings. Dunleavy said officials would closely follow any reported COVID-19 cases, tightening restrictions if necessary.
[Pictured: A social-distancing guide sticker marks six feet.]
Major league sporting events—minus thousands of spectators—are now allowed in Arizona, with Gov. Doug Ducey permitting the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL to resume scheduled events as of May 16. Between May 4–13, retail stores, salons, barbershops, and restaurants reopened in the Grand Canyon State, along with fitness centers and community pools. The executive stay-at-home order issued by the governor lifted on May 15.
[Pictured: A sign at the clubhouse during the final round of the Scottsdale Arizona open.]
Free-standing bars in Arkansas will open doors May 26, said Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who allowed gatherings of 50 or less to enter casinos, theaters, and stadiums on May 18. If there are no new reported cases of COVID-19 after reopenings, the governor said eateries could extend their capacity up to 67%. By May 22, community pools in Arkansas will reopen for public use.
[Pictured: Barricade tape cordons off seating prior to a performance in Fort Smith, Arkansas.]
Some California businesses are fighting to reopen since seeing 20% unemployment rates in parts of the Golden State. While Sacramento officials are loosening restrictions on small firms and restaurants on May 22, Gov. Gavin Newsom said spectator-free sporting events would not take place until June. As restrictions vary by region, San Diego is speeding up its second phase of reopenings—reportedly pushing restaurant and retail openings—while Los Angeles allowed public access to beaches May 13.
[Pictured: Venice Beach reopens for limited activities.]
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While restaurant reopening restrictions remain in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis said officials would have more answers on May 25. The “new normal” will include strict guidelines, including employees submitting to daily temperature checks and wearing face masks and gloves when serving customers. Outdoor signs at restaurants will note anyone with COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter.
[Pictured: A drive-in theater in Montrose, Colorado, follows social-distancing guidelines.]
The May 20 reopening of Connecticut retail and restaurants saw little customer activity even though Gov. Ned Lamont reports a decline in COVID-19 cases and an increase in daily testing. Temporary zoning rules now allow for outside dining at restaurants that were previously serving take-out only. Unlike many states that have opened up hair salons and barbershops, Connecticut is keeping cosmetologist commerce closed until June 1.
[Pictured: People lunch at a cafe in Stamford, Connecticut.]
On May 22, Delaware locals will finally feel their feet in the sand with beaches opening up before Memorial Day. Meanwhile, a Delaware stay-at-home order remains in effect until May 31, but curbside pickup and appointment-only business continues. Restaurants and retailers can open doors on June 1, only allowing 30% customer capacity. Barbershops and hair salons are only serving essential workers until further notice.
[Pictured: A road sign reminder for residents.]
The Sunshine State’s phase-one reopening of fitness centers, malls, barbershops, and more has locals out and about since May 18. Passenger screenings will cease June 1 at the Key West International Airport, and checkpoints on major highways to the Florida Keys will also lift. Since the limited-restriction reopening of state parks and some beaches in May, COVID-19 cases continue to rise, with 47,471 statewide cases reported on May 20 compared to the May 1 total of 34,728 infections.
[Pictured: Guests pose at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk.]
Like Florida, Georgia has had less-restrictive openings in place, permitting fitness centers, massage therapists, barbershops, and hair salons to open their doors at the end of April. According to CNN, business owners report a slow but steady rise in commerce as new COVID-19 cases trend “unsteadily downward,” though the state is under scrutiny for reported COVID-19 data numbers. The stay-at-home order for Peach State locals was lifted April 30, but is in effect until June 12 for elderly citizens.
[Pictured: A barber prepares his chair in Atlanta.]
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