38 States Have Reopened or Are Reopening Soon

38 States Have Reopened or Are Reopening Soon
Dan Settle sits outside Chris' Barber Shop as he waits his turn for a haircut in Lilburn, Ga., on April 24, 2020. (Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images)

Thirty-eight states have started reopening or are planning to reopen soon from the near-total economic lockdown implemented to try to slow the spread of the CCP virus, according to an Epoch Times tally.

Businesses in 21 states have already started reopening or will be allowed to welcome customers back on May 1.

Alabama, Georgia, Montana, and Tennessee are among the states that have already started reopening. Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming are among the states loosening restrictions effective Friday.

The other states that have reopened or are reopening on May 1 are: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Vermont.

Another 17 governors are planning to ease restrictions in the coming days, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Brick House Salon co-owner Casey Aviles cleans up her station
Brick House Salon co-owner Casey Aviles cleans up her station as she prepares to open for business later this week in Greeley, Colorado, on April 28, 2020. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The governors in that category have either firmed up the first phase of reopening in their states or outlined plans to have the states start to reopen on a certain date.

The other states with planned reopenings on May 4 or later are Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

Letting retailers reopen but restricting them to curbside pickup and delivery isn’t counted as easing restrictions in the tally.

Some of the states still have most restrictions in place.

The 12 other governors are resisting calls to start relaxing their orders relating to businesses.

A business proprietor stands
A business proprietor stands in front of his store in the Lower East Side neighborhood in New York City on April 30, 2020. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom hasn’t loosened any restrictions and tightened up ones on beaches, ordering Orange County beaches closed. Delaware Gov. John Carney, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam—who originally issued the lengthiest stay-at-home order in the nation—have said their states need to see two weeks of declining symptoms and presumed positive COVID-19 cases, citing federal guidelines.

All three could be weeks away from starting to reopen.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus from China that causes COVID-19.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers let a small number of businesses reopen for delivery and pickup but most businesses remain closed. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker extended his stay-at-home order to May 18. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said, but not committed to, a May 15 reopening for some upstate counties.

Some governors are slated to give updates on possible reopenings at press conferences on Friday. They are: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee plans to share more details on his reopening plan soon.

From The Epoch Times

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