DemDaily: Status of the States: Opening Up

May 11, 2020

The country is slowly opening up after the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders being lifted at different rates on a state-by-state basis, despite warnings of health experts say that a second, if not a third wave, is ahead of us.

The United States, now "officially" more than two months into the crisis, and over five months since the Trump administration was first warned of the pending pandemic, is still without a national testing or quarantine program.

State Cases of Coronavirus (Map: New York Times)

Even as cases of infection in the US, now at 1,352,600 and deaths at 81,400, rise, states continue to lift restrictions, under pressure of a devastated economy with now 43.2 Americans out of work or working reduced hours.

Over two-thirds of state Governors have lifted stay-at-home orders and opened businesses at some level, most with public health restrictions such as requiring workers to wear masks and social distancing, but enforcement varies widely. In some cases, despite statewide opening, local counties have enforced their own stricter orders.

Some states, like Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, all slated to open in the next three weeks, are coordinating their efforts. Other states in the Midwest and West Coast have also formed coalitions to usher in a regional recovery.

Still others, like California, which was the first state to order all residents to stay home, as well as Washington and Oregon, remain on near-full lockdown.

To help our readers, who hail from every state, we have provided an update on the status of each state as to their stay-at-home orders and what aspects of daily life have been reopened, or about to be reopened. Categories may include all or some, but where limited to one component of each, it is noted.


Food and Drink: Restaurants, Dining and Bars
Retail: Retail Stores. Where curbside only, it is noted.
Personal Care: Hair Salons, Barbershops, Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors and/or Pet Groomers.
Entertainment: Libraries, Theaters, Bowling Alleys, Museums
Worship: Houses of Worship
Industries: Offices, Manufacturing (where noted)
Outdoor and Recreation: Gyms, Pools, Beaches, Campgrounds, Trails, and/or Golf Courses.

Status of the States Reopening

Red: Republican
Blue: Democrat
Stay at Home or Shelter In Place Order Reopened
Expired April 30
Food, Retail, Personal, Outdoor
Expired April 24
Food, Retail, Personal, Entertainment, Outdoor
Expires May 15
Food, Retail, Personal
None, but openings with restrictions as of May 6
Food, Personal, Outdoor
In effect since March 19. Opening TBA Retail (curbside), Industries (including manufacturing)
Expired April 26
Retail, Personal, Industries
Expires May 20 Outdoor (restricted)
Expires May 31 Retail (curbside), Personal
District of Columbia (Mayor)
Expires May 15
Food (curbside), Essential Businesses (restricted), Outdoor
Expired May 4 Food, Retail, Outdoor
Expired April 30 Food, Personal, Entertainment, Outdoor
Expires May 31 Retail, Personal (pet groomers), Outdoor
Expired April 30 Worship
Expires May 31
Retail (curbside), Outdoor
Expired May 4 Food, Retail, Personal, Entertainment, Worship, Industries (including Manufacturing)
None, but openings with  restrictions as of May 1
Food, Retail, Personal, Entertainment (Libraries), Outdoor
Expired May 3 Food, Retail, Worship, Industries
Late May
Personal (pet grooming), Industries (including manufacturing)
Expires May 15
Food, Retail
Expires May 31
Retail, Personal, Outdoor
In effect since March 30. Opening TBA Outdoor
Expires May 18
Expires May 28 Retail (curbside), Outdoor, Industries (including manufacturing)
Expires May 17 Retail (curbside), Industries (including manufacturing)
Expired April 27 Food, Retail, Personal, Outdoor
Expired May 3 Food, Retail, Personal, Entertainment, Outdoor

A total of 48 states and DC have ordered or recommended school closures through end of the academic year. Regardless, children in at least nine states and DC have now died of COVID-19 or what appears to be a rare illness linked to the virus called "pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome."

Red: Republican
Blue: Democrat
State at Home or Shelter In Place Order
Expired April 26 Food, Retail, Personal, Worship
None, but openings with restrictions as of May 4 Food, Personal, Worship
Expired May 9 Food, Retail, Personal, Outdoor
New Hampshire
Expires May 31 Retail, Personal, Outdoor
New Jersey
June 5 Outdoor
New Mexico
Expires May 15 Retail, Personal, Outdoor
New York
Expires May 15 None
North Carolina
Expires May 22 Retail
North Dakota
Expired May 1 Food, Personal, Entertainment, Outdoor
Expires May 29 Industries (including manufacturing)
None, but openings with restrictions as of April 24 Food, Personal, Entertainment, Worship, Outdoor, Industries
In effect since March 23, opening TBA Outdoor
Expires June 4 Retail, Outdoor
Puerto Rico
Expires May 25 Partial: Retail, Personal, Industries, Outdoor
Rhode Island
Expired May 8 Retail, Personal, Outdoor, Industries
South Carolina
Expired May 4 Food, Retail, Outdoor
South Dakota
None, but Restrictions All, where cases down for 14 days.
Expired April 30 Food, Retail, Personal, Outdoor
Expired April 30 Food, Retail, Personal, Entertainment, Outdoor
None, but openings with restrictions as of May 1 Food, Personal and Outdoor
Expires May 15 Industries (including manufacturing), Outdoor
Expires June 10 Food (curbside), Essential businesses (restricted), Outdoor
Expires July 12 Retail (curbside), Outdoor, Industries (construction)
West Virginia
Expired May 3 Food, Personal
Expires May 26 Retail (curbside), Personal (pet groomers), Outdoor
None, but openings with restrictions as of May 1 Personal, Outdoor

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