As the coronavirus pandemic has had much of the country on stay-at-home orders for nearly two months, the question remains when normal life will resume with businesses, restaurants and stores opening up.
Several major retailers, including J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Neiman Marcus Group, Macy’s Inc. and Nordstrom Inc., have already begun devising reopening plans as a few states have started permitting nonessential businesses, such as gyms or hair salons, to resume operations. However, each state is operating on its own reopening schedule, with the focus being on minimizing the spread of the virus.
Here, WWD breaks down when and how each state is reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check back on this post as we will be updating it as news develops.
Alabama was on a stay-at-home order until April 30. Gov. Kay Ivey has now issued a “safer-at-home” order that went into effect on April 30 and lasts until May 15.
Under the order, retail stores and beaches are permitted to reopen as long as they follow sanitation and social distancing guidelines. Restaurants and beauty salons have also reopened with restrictions applied.
Alaska’s stay-at-home order expired on April 24.
Restaurants and retail stores are now allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Beauty salons, gyms, bars, swimming pools, theaters and museums, among other businesses, are also permitted to reopen at reduced capacity.
Arizona’s stay-at-home order expired on May 15.
The state allowed some businesses to reopen as of May 1 as long as social distancing and sanitation guidelines are followed. The businesses include restaurants, beauty salons, casinos, movie theaters and retail stores, among others.
Arkansas is one of the few states that did not issue a stay-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many nonessential businesses have closed since the end of March.
Restaurants, retail stores, bars, movie theaters and beauty salons have reopened with restrictions.
California has been on a “safer-at-home” order since March 19 with no end date set. All non-essential businesses are closed.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said during an April 14 tele-news conference that the state will eventually loosen the lockdown orders, stating: “There’s no light switch here, it’s more like a dimmer. We’ll be toggling back and forth between less restrictive and more restrictive measures, more individual responsibility and face coverings and isolation, and more enforcement along those lines.”
California has joined other Western states, including Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Colorado in signing the Western States Pact, which ensures the five states work together to help limit the spread of the virus.
The state has allowed retail stores to reopen to offer curbside pickup services. Restaurants are also offering pickup and delivery options. On May 12, restaurants and shopping centers were permitted to reopen in counties that met certain criteria set by the governor.
Colorado’s stay-at-home order expired on April 26 and was replaced by a “safer-at-home” order.
The new order allows curbside retail sales and the reopening of some personal-care services on May 1. On May 4, offices can reopen with up to 50 percent of their workforce if social distancing measures are taken. Restaurants and beauty salons have also reopened.
Connecticut’s stay-at-home order expired on May 20.
The state has joined New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in a multistate council that’s working on restoring the states’ economies. The council is working on how to gradually lift each state’s stay-at-home order while minimizing the spread of the virus.
Connecticut is reopening retail stores, restaurants, beauty salons and zoos, among other businesses, as of May 20 with restrictions applied.
Delaware’s stay-at-home order expired on May 31.
Gov. John Carney has permitted retail stores and restaurants to operate at 30 percent capacity. He has also set a plan to gradually reopen other businesses, such as malls, gyms and hair salons, as of June 1.
District of Columbia
D.C.’s stay-at-home order was extended to June 8.
The city has however started phase one of its reopening plan, allowing restaurants to offer outdoor dining and beauty salons to offer appointment-only services.
Florida’s stay-at-home order expired May 4.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered that restaurants and retail spaces can begin reopening, but is restricting them to 25 percent of their capacity. The governor plans on reopening bars, gyms and hair salons at a later date.
Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, which have experienced the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, started reopening businesses as of May 18.
Several counties across the state are also reopening their beaches.
Gov. Brian Kemp began reopening Georgia on April 24 by allowing gyms, hair salons, nail salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors to resume operations. Other businesses such as movie theaters, entertainment venues and restaurants — which can offer limited dine-in services — also began reopening on April 27.
Hawaii’s stay-at-home order expired on May 31. Retail stores and restaurants in certain parts of the state have already begun reopening. Some beaches across the state have also reopened.
The state has also issued a mandate requiring any tourists to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.
Idaho’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30.
Gov. Brad Little has revealed a four-stage plan to reopen the state, starting with retail stores and places of worship reopening between May 1 to 15. Then restaurants and hair salons will be permitted to open between May 16 to 29, gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed between May 30 to June 12 and then bars will be permitted to reopen between June 13 to 26.
Illinois’ stay-at-home order expired on May 29.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker modified the order in April, now permitting several state parks and golf courses to reopen. Retail stores, restaurants and beauty salons have reopened with restrictions.
Indiana’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4
Gov. Eric Holcomb is relaxing restrictions on the state’s retail stores, restaurants and beauty salons, allowing them to operate at partial capacity.
Iowa did not place a stay-at-home order during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State Public Health Emergency declaration until May 27.
On April 27, the governor signed a proclamation that allows restaurants, gyms, malls, libraries, racetracks and other retailers to reopen.
Kansas was on a stay-at-home order until May 3.
Gov. Laura Kelly has revealed a four-phase reopening plan that eases some of the state’s restrictions. The state moved into a modified second phase on May 22, which saw the reopening of restaurants, retail stores, places of worship, personal care services, gyms and movie theaters.
Kentucky did not issue a stay-at-home order. Gov. Andy Beshear instead issued a “healthy-at-home” order on March 26, which asks residents to stay at home and limit their in-person contact. All nonessential businesses were closed in accordance with the order.
The governor has revealed plans for a phased reopening of the state. Phase one, which begins on May 11, calls for the reopening of manufacturing and construction facilities, car dealerships and pet services. Phase two begins on May 20 and permits retail stores to reopen and in-person religious services. Phase three, beginning on May 25, allows salons to reopen.
Louisiana’s stay-at-home order expired on May 15.
Restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, beauty salons and retail stores, among other businesses, are now permitted to operate at 25 percent capacity. Casinos reopened on May 18.
Maine’s stay-at-home order was extended to May 31.
The order allows for businesses such as health-care services, hair salons, car dealerships and car washes to reopen while practicing social distancing guidelines.
Restaurants and retail stores are permitted to reopen in rural counties without community spread. Other businesses are tentatively reopening as of June 1.
Maryland’s stay-at-home order expired on May 15. It was replaced by a “safer at home advisory.”
Certain counties are permitted to reopen retail stores, manufacturing operations, pet services and beauty salons at 50 percent capacity.
Massachusetts was on a stay-at-home order until May 18. It was replaced by a “safer at home” order.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced a phased reopening of the state, which includes the reopening of beauty salons, pet grooming, retail stores, zoos and beaches during the week of May 25. The second phase will include the reopening of restaurants and most retail stores.
Michigan is on a stay-at-home order expired on May 28.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late April that several restrictions would be relaxed, including the reopening of construction sites, gardening stores and nurseries. Retail stores are also offering curbside pickup services.
Minnesota’s stay-at-home order expired on May 17.
Gov. Tim Walz announced on April 24 that manufacturers and offices that don’t have face-to-face interactions with clients are permitted to reopen.
Retail stores are now permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity. Bars, restaurants and beauty salons remained closed until June.
Mississippi was on a stay-at-home order until April 27.
Gov. Tate Reeves announced loosened restrictions on the order will begin on May 3. Strip malls and shopping centers are permitted to reopen, but must reduce capacity by 50 percent. Gyms, movie theaters and salons have also reopened.
Missouri’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3.
Restaurants, beauty salons, retail stores, gyms, movie theaters and other businesses are permitted to reopen as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
Montana’s stay-at-home order expired on April 26.
Retail stores, restaurants, hair salons, gyms, movie theaters and places of worship began reopening at the beginning of May. Some schools across the state have also reopened.
Nebraska is not under a stay-at-home order.
Places of worship, restaurants, beauty salons and child-care services are permitted to open with some restrictions on occupancy.
Nevada’s stay-at-home order expired on May 9.
Retail businesses are now allowed to offer curbside pickup, including restaurants. Outdoor activities such as golf, pickleball and tennis are permitted as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Casinos will reopen on June 4.
New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order was extended to May 31.
Gov. Chris Sununu permitted some retail stores and beauty salons to reopen on May 11. Restaurants are offering outdoor dining.
New Jersey’s stay-at-home order is expected to lift on June 5.
Gov. Phil Murphy has allowed several of the state’s parks to reopen, as well as non-essential retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup. Several beaches across the state have also reopened with restrictions.
New Mexico’s stay-at-home order expired on May 31.
The state has already started easing some restrictions on businesses, such as retailers are now allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity and offer curbside delivery and pickup options. Places of worship, pet grooming businesses and state parks are also permitted to reopen.
New York issued its “New York on Pause” order on March 22, which closed all nonessential businesses and prohibited all non-essential gatherings. The order expired on May 28.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a broad reopening plan for the state, starting with “low-risk” businesses upstate being permitted to reopen in mid-May. Gatherings of maximum 10 people are now permitted.
New York City, the hardest hit part of the country, is expected to start phase one of its reopening plan on June 8.
North Carolina’s stay-at-home order expired on May 22.
The state has issued a three-phase plan to reopen the state. Phase one allows some retailers, including clothing stores and book stores, to reopen as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Phase two allows restaurants and bars to reopen while operating at a reduced capacity. Phase three would allow businesses to increase their capacity.
North Dakota did not issue a stay-at-home order.
As of May 1, businesses such as restaurants, beauty salons and gyms were permitted to reopen.
Ohio’s stay-at-home order expired on May 29.
Gov. Mike DeWine announced he is permitting several businesses to reopen with restrictions, including retail stores, restaurants (for outdoor dining), hair salons and construction sites.
Oklahoma did not issue a stay-at-home order.
Gov. Kevin Stitt has allowed some businesses to reopen with restrictions starting on April 24, including beauty salons, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms.
Oregon has been on a stay-at-home order since March 23.
Gov. Kate Brown is permitting 31 of 36 counties to reopen. Retail stores statewide are also permitted to reopen. Restaurants and beauty salons are reopening in certain parts of the state.
Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order expires on June 4.
Golf courses, marinas and privately owned campgrounds were permitted to reopen as of May 1. Retail stores in the northwest and north-central part of the state were permitted to reopen starting May 8.
Rhode Island’s stay-at-home order expired on May 8.
Retail stores have reopened and are operating at limited capacity. Hair salons and state parks were also permitted to reopen.
South Carolina’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4.
The state allowed retailers such as furniture, apparel, home improvement and sporting goods stores, among others, to reopen as of April 20. Stores are restricted to operating at 20 percent capacity.
South Dakota did not issue a stay-at-home order.
Businesses are allowed to reopen as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
Tennessee’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30.
Retail stores, restaurants and beauty salons were permitted to reopen by May 1 with social distancing guidelines enforced.
Texas was on a stay-at-home order until April 30.
The state is permitting state parks, retail stores, beauty salons, movie theaters and restaurants to reopen at limited capacity.
Utah did not issue a stay-at-home order.
The state is allowing restaurants, beauty salons and gyms to reopen as of May 1.
Vermont’s stay-at-home order expired on May 15.
Gov. Phil Scott is permitting construction and manufacturing sites to reopen on May 11. Retail stores are permitted to reopen as of May 18 and can operate at a limited capacity. Restaurants and salons remain closed.
Virginia’s stay-at-home order will expire on June 10.
The state began its first phase of reopening on May 15 with beauty salons operating by appointment and restaurants allowing outdoor dining. The reopening does not apply to northern Virginia.
Washington’s stay-at-home order was extended to July 12.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a four-phase reopening plan, with the first phase slated to begin on May 15 that allows more businesses to do curbside pickup. Phase two then allows social gatherings of five people or fewer, restaurants to operate at 50 percent occupancy and beauty salons to reopen. Phase three allows social gatherings of up to 50 people and businesses like gyms, bars and movie theaters to reopen.
Phase four lifts all remaining restrictions.
West Virginia’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3.
Gov. Jim Justice announced on April 30 a “safer at home” order, where restaurants, beauty salons and pet groomers are permitted to open as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order ended on May 13.
Retail stores, pet groomers and state parks have begun reopening at limited capacity.
Wyoming did not issue a stay-at-home order.
Gov. Mark Gordon has ordered that gyms, beauty salons and other personal-care services can reopen starting May 1.
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