Updates on Reopenings Across the United States (May 17)

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
May 17, 2020US News
Updates on Reopenings Across the United States (May 17)
Two diners sit outside the Thai Sapa restaurant in Springdale, Utah on May 14, 2020. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Reopenings are taking place across the United States as most governors ease harsh restrictions put into place to try to slow the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

The new virus, which originated in China, causes the potentially deadly disease COVID-19.

Here’s the situation with each state and the District of Columbia. This post will be updated. Last updated on May 17.


Republican Gov. Kay Ivey warned residents on May 15 that “the threat of COVID-19 remains” even as the state continues reopening.

“Alabamians are hurting, and I am committed to helping these hundreds of thousands of people and every Alabama family restore their livelihoods. For that reason, we have been taking steps to safely reopen our state’s economy,” she said in a statement.

“I urge Alabamians to stay smart and vigilant as we continue practicing social distancing guidelines to combat this virus. Let us do our part and practice personal responsibility,” she added later.

Restaurants, bars, and breweries reopened May 11 with limited seating and other social distancing guidelines while gyms, personal care businesses, and athletic facilities could reopen.

A limit on social gatherings was removed, opening the door to large church services.

Reopening started in April.


A mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving in Alaska was extended to June 2, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Friday.

The stated goal of the order, originally announced in March, was “to protect the public health of Alaskans” by preventing the spread of the CCP virus.

Bars, theaters, and gyms, meanwhile, reopened in Anchorage on May 11, two days after retailers, personal care services, gyms, bars, libraries, and museums reopened across the state.

Capacity limits were placed on most businesses. Gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed.

Dunleavy allowed some sectors of the economy to begin reopening on April 24, including retailers, barbers, nail salons, and hairdressers.


Some casinos and other businesses began reopening May 15 as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired. Malls reopened Saturday.

Gyms and swimming pools were previously allowed to reopen while restaurants and retailers recently welcomed customers back inside for dine-in service and shopping.

Elective surgeries restarted on May 1.


Large outdoor venues can reopen May 18 with one-third capacity; indoor venues like bowling alleys can reopen the same day but must have no more than 50 people inside.

The state isn’t ready to move to phase two of reopening, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday.

“We’re not in a position to predict when that might happen,” Hutchinson said at a press conference. “Obviously, when you see two days of increase in patients and two days of increase in hospitalization, that’ll cause you to pause and make sure to remind everybody to be careful.”

Hutchinson previously said he’d announce plans to reopen bars and let summer camps and youth sports resume next week.

Gyms, fitness centers, and athletic facilities started reopening on May 4, while barbershops, salons, tattoo parlors, and spas welcomed customers two days later. State parks reopened on May 1.


Guidelines for restaurants to resume dine-in service were released on May 12, as were rules for malls and offices to reopen, according to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

But phase two cannot happen unless counties have no COVID-19 deaths in the previous two weeks and no more than one new CCP virus case per 10,000 residents in the past two weeks, among other metrics.

Certain counties can move through the reopening phases faster than others, but they must meet criteria such as a specific daily rate of new cases and have a readiness plan that’s available to the public.

Newsom let lower-risk businesses allowed to reopen on May 8, including non-essential manufacturing, childcare facilities, and retailers for curbside pickup.

Check here for live updates on developments in California.

A man wearing a mask walks along the Venice Beach
A man wearing a mask walks along the Venice Beach boardwalk on the day Los Angeles County reopened its beaches, which had been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in California, on May 13, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)


Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said recently he wants to let restaurants resume dine-in service by the end of May but will wait to announce a date until more data comes in.

Polis eased his stay-at-home order last month, letting retailers reopen with curbside service and real estate showings resume.

Barbershops, salons, and retailers welcomed customers back on May 1, while office work restarted at 50 percent capacity a few days later.

Rocky Mountain National Park will reopen on May 27, officials announced on May 12, the same day as campgrounds at state parks reopened.


Beaches will reopen for Memorial Day weekend in an agreement made with nearby states to try to avoid a flood of people traveling to one state.

“If New Jersey opens beaches or Connecticut opens beaches and we didn’t open beaches, you would see a flood of people to Connecticut and New Jersey,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters in announcing the plan.

Beaches in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Delaware will reopen May 22, Cuomo said.

Democrat Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, meanwhile, is targeting May 20 to relax restrictions.

Personal care services can reopen then, along with retailers, offices, and restaurants.

Gyms and some other businesses will remain closed. Primary schools won’t reopen for the rest of the school year, while colleges and universities can start gradually reopening during the summer, Lamont said recently.

No date has been set for phase two of the reopening plan.


Phase one of reopening won’t start until June 1, Democratic Gov. John Carney said Friday.

“We can’t have a healthy, functioning economy again until our communities are healthy,” he said in a statement.

Some easing will take place or has taken place before then, including the reopening of beaches.

Farmer’s markets and ice cream shops were allowed to reopen May 15 while beaches and pools can reopen on May 22, state officials said.

But he told people who don’t live in the state not to travel to the beaches and strict social distancing requirements remain in effect, such as a mandate requiring people keep six feet of distance between themselves and individuals they don’t live with.

District of Columbia

Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser recently extended the city’s stay-at-home order to June 8.

It was slated before to expire on May 15.

“Rushing to reopen can have tragic results,” Bowser said at a press conference.

Officials have said the first phase will only start after three metrics show a sustained decline: new daily CCP virus cases, reports of flu-like illnesses, and new cases inside nursing homes.


More reopenings will take place on May 18, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.

Restaurants will be able to fill up to 50 percent capacity, as will retailers.

Gyms will reopen.

Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which just entered phase one, will lag behind the rest of the state because of high numbers of virus cases.

DeSantis previously let personal care businesses reopen along with restaurants and retailers.

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Shoppers inside the Town Center at Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Fla. on May 15, 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Zoo Atlanta reopened Saturday, the latest reopening in the state.

Public swimming pools and summer camps were allowed to reopen on May 14.

Restaurants can welcome more customers, including parties of up to 10 people.

Bars, nightclubs, live performance venues, and amusement parks will remain closed until the end of the month under orders from Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

A slew of businesses began reopening on April 24, including restaurants, movie theaters, and bowling alleys, in one of the first reopenings in the country.

Kemp allowed his order to expire on April 30 but extended a state of emergency until June, with some restrictions remaining in place.


Democratic Gov. David Ige said he plans to extend his revised stay-at-home order through the end of June, as well as a two-week mandatory quarantine for all people who enter the state.

Some businesses deemed medium-risk may be allowed to reopen before then, Ige added. That includes barbershops and dine-in service at restaurants.

Lt. Governor Josh Green previously said such businesses could reopen as soon as May 25.

Officials have let some businesses reopen, including auto dealerships, pet grooming services, and childcare companies.

Oahu, one of the areas that has lagged behind the rest of the state, said beaches were reopening May 16.


Indoor dining at restaurants was allowed to resume on May 16 as salons, gyms, and recreation facilities reopened.

The new reopenings were deemed phase two of Republican Gov. Brad Little’s plan.

Ninety percent of businesses in the state were allowed to reopen in phase one, which started May 1, according to Little’s office.

The governor said bars can reopen on May 30, the scheduled date for phase three.


All four regions outlined in Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan are on track to move to phase three by May 29, the governor said Thursday.

“Every region is poised, if it maintains the metrics that it’s at now, to move into Phase 3 in a few short days,” Pritzker said at a press briefing. “I mean, literally we’re talking about 14 days.”

Illinois entered phase two on May 1. Some so-called non-essential businesses take customers’ orders and deliver them or have curbside pickup.

Pritzker’s stay-at-home order is in place through the end of May and some businesses such as restaurants are under harsh restrictions until at least late June.


Personal care businesses such as spas and barbershops reopened on May 11 by appointment only. Restaurants and bars could welcome customers back inside but only at 50 percent capacity.

The reopenings are part of phase two of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s plan.

Phase two started earlier this month with the reopening of retailers and commercial businesses, including any manufacturing companies deemed non-essential. Phase three is slated for May 24.

Casinos likely won’t reopen until June 14, according to the Indiana Gaming Commission. That’s when phase four of the plan is scheduled.

Holcomb allowed his stay-at-home order to expire on May 1.

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Jim and Sharon Ward enjoy a meal at Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, Ind. on May 13, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Restaurants across the state were allowed to resume dine-in service on May 15, while personal care businesses like salons could welcome customers inside, under further relaxations from Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Dentist offices, campgrounds, drive-in movie theaters, tanning facilities, and spas reopened on May 8, while restaurants, fitness centers, and retailers in most counties reopened at 50 percent capacity on May 1.

But some counties, due to high case counts, have kept strict restrictions in place until now.

Reynolds told reporters that Iowa has “seen significant progress” in the battle against the CCP virus.

A slew of other businesses, including bars, movie theaters, and bowling alleys, remain closed until May 27 or later.


The Kansas City Zoo reopened Saturday after being closed for about two months.

The reopening came a few days after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she was slowing down her reopening plan. She ordered bars and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month.

“Unfortunately, the daily rate of disease spread has not shown the downward trajectory necessary to move fully into Phase 2,” she told reporters.

Kelly said she plans on keeping some restrictions in place until near the end of June.

Barbershops, salons, and other personal care businesses can reopen May 18 but must only serve customers by appointment. Gyms can reopen and in-person graduation ceremonies can take place if 10 or fewer people are in one room.

Phase one started on May 4. Kelly allowed restaurants to welcome customers inside and some businesses to reopen.


State parks will reopen on June 1 along with recreational parks, lodges, and cabins, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday.

The next step in reopening is slated for May 10.

Retailers can welcome back customers that day, while churches can resume in-person services.

Restaurants are slated to be able to resume dine-in service two days later. Personal care businesses including salons can reopen on May 25.

Reopenings slated for June include movie theaters, gyms, and childcare businesses.

Some businesses, including offices and construction companies, reopened on May 11.


Churches, gyms, and movie theaters were able to resume operations as of May 15 at 25 percent capacity, the same limit placed on restaurants as they resumed dine-in service.

Barbershops, salons, casinos, museums, and zoos can also reopen under relaxed restrictions from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who let his stay-at-home order expire recently.

Stores were allowed to open for curbside delivery and restaurants were allowed to open outside areas for patrons to eat meals without tableside service on May 1.


Hotels and other places of stay can accept reservations for June 1 or later, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Thursday.

A previous order prohibited reservations unless essential workers were making them.

Retailers, meanwhile, were able to welcome customers inside in 12 counties with no community transmission of the CCP virus on May 11, while restaurants in the same counties can resume table service on May 18.

Businesses began reopening statewide on May 1, including barbershops, hair salons, golf courses, state parks, auto dealerships, and car washes. Phase two of reopening for most of the state isn’t scheduled until June 1.

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People wait in line for fries on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., on May 10, 2020. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)


Manufacturing companies deemed non-essential were able to reopen Friday, along with retailers, salons, and churches.

Dine-in service in restaurants, gyms, and theaters will remain closed for now.

Some counties are not starting to reopen, including Howard and Montgomery counties.

The reopening was enabled by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan shifting a stay-at-home order to a safer-at-home order.

“The fight against this deadly disease is far from over. But because of incredible courage you have shown and the extraordinary sacrifices you have made, Maryland, and our nation, can now at least begin to slowly recover,” Hogan said at a press conference.


Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he was extending the order mandating the closure of so-called non-essential businesses to May 18, when his reopening committee will release its four-phased reopening plan.

No reopenings have started yet. Baker has said he hopes to start reopening on May 18.

Businesses that can reopen in phase one will be ones that can welcome customers without spreading the CCP virus.


General Motors and other car manufacturers can resume production on May 18. Auto supply companies and some other manufacturers reopened May 11.

Michigan is in phase three of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s six-phase reopening plan.

Retailers and companies using offices can reopen in phase four.

The start date for that phase hasn’t been set yet. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order was recently extended through May 28.


Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is shifting his stay-at-home order to one with looser restrictions, enabling retailers to welcome customers back inside with capacity limits and for people to gather in groups of up to 10.

“We know the safest place we can be is at home, but we can’t continue like this forever,” he said at a press conference.

Primary schools can reopen in late June, according to new guidelines from the state.

Restaurants and bars are closed to dine-in service until June 1. Personal care businesses like salons are also not allowed to reopen until then.

Walz previously let some businesses, primarily in industrial sectors, reopen.


Casinos can start reopening May 21, the state Gaming Commission said. Casinos were closed on March 16.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has allowed a number of businesses, including gyms, salons, and barbershops, to reopen.

Restaurants were allowed to resume tableside service while retailers were allowed to welcome people inside.

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Family members watch Carmen Antillon receives her Tupelo High School diploma from Tupelo High School 12th grade Assistant Principal L.V. McNeal during a graduation ceremony at Milam Elementary School in Tupelo, Miss., on May 6, 2020. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)


Campgrounds are reopening May 18.

“We are happy to be able to reopen our campgrounds and provide another outdoor recreational opportunity for our visitors, but, as you might expect, our guests will see some changes,” Carol Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said in a statement.

Social distancing limitations include occupancy restrictions in restrooms and shower houses.

One of the widest reopenings in the country took place in the state in early May. Every business was allowed to reopen as long as people abided by social distancing requirements, Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, said at a press conference.

The main requirement is keeping 6 feet distance between an individual and people they don’t live with.


Gyms, movie theaters, and museums were able to reopen on May 15.

Restaurants and bars welcomed customers back inside on May 4.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock let retailers and houses of worship reopen last month.

Students were allowed to return to schools on May 7, pending decisions by local school boards, in one of the earliest planned reopenings of schools in the nation.


Youth baseball and softball can resume in June. Depending on how that goes, other events and activities may be able to resume soon, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday.

“Those are sports that are generally more socially distant anyway.” Rickets said at a Monday press conference. “We want to take this a step at a time to see how we can roll this out and make it work.”

Rickets said recently that bars won’t be allowed to reopen until June or later. He let restaurants in some areas of the state to resume dine-in service on May 4.

Some other businesses were also allowed to reopen, including hair salons and tattoo parlors. Health-related businesses were allowed to reopen or expand services, such as dental work and veterinary services.


Phase one of reopening won’t end until June 1 or later, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak said May 16.

“It’s gonna take a minimum of two weeks of analyzing” data about the pandemic, Sisolak told reporters.

Sisolak let restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, retailers, and car dealerships reopen with limitations on May 9.

Restaurants inside casinos can reopen under the revised order, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said, if social distancing restrictions are followed.

The properties must confirm whether a separate entrance for the restaurant exists. If not, managers have to detail how customers can enter the restaurant without going onto the gaming floor.

New Hampshire

Restaurants can serve customers at outside tables starting May 18, a week after retailers, hair salons, golf courses, and barbershops reopened.

“New Hampshire is definitely ready to take these first steps because they are just that, they are steps,” Republican Gov. Chris Sununu told WMUR.

“We’ve looked at the data. We’ve been very cognizant of the trends.”

Campgrounds, manufacturing businesses, and state parks reopened on May 1 while hospitals could resume elective procedures on May 4 as Sununu’s stay-at-home order expired.

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The letter X marked in red are placed on the floor of an exercise room more than seven feet apart at Gold’s Gym Islip in N.Y., on May 13, 2020. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

New Jersey

Construction work deemed non-essential and some retailers that were forced to shut down earlier this year can reopen on May 18, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced.

Retailers will be forced to operate through a curbside pickup business model.

Murphy’s planned executive order will also permit drive-through and drive-in events if attendees follow strict social distancing guidelines.

Murphy has relaxed few restrictions apart from letting state and county parks reopen since announcing a stay-at-home order in March.

New Mexico

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the state’s emergency public health order to May 31.

The modified order lets retailers welcome customers back inside on May 16 and so-called non-essential businesses, such as those requiring offices, can also resume operations.

Gyms, salons, theaters, and other businesses remain closed until at least early June.

Grisham also announced that residents will be required to wear face coverings in public.

Businesses allowed to reopen earlier in May included gun stores, pet service businesses, and golf courses.

New York

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended his stay-at-home order until June 13 as he said five regions meet the criteria to begin reopening.

The regions are: Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Southern Tier.

Phase one of reopening allows retailers to serve customers with curbside pickup and manufacturing and construction businesses to reopen. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing companies can reopen, along with wholesale trade operations.

North Carolina

Churches are allowed to reopen after a federal judge blocked restrictions from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper affecting indoor services at  houses of worship.

Cooper’s most recent order limited indoor services to 10 or fewer people and said services should take place outside “unless impossible.”

“The record, at this admittedly early stage of the case, reveals that the Governor appears to trust citizens to perform non-religious activities indoors (such as shopping or working or selling merchandise) but does not trust them to do the same when they worship indoors together,” Judge James Dever III said in his ruling.

Cooper said recently that phase two of reopening will likely not start until May 26. Phase one started in early May.

Retail stores deemed non-essential, such as clothing and sporting goods stores, were allowed to welcome customers inside in phase one and childcare reopened for children of parents who are working or looking for work

Phase two would see a limited reopening of restaurants and bars to inside service and the reopening of public playgrounds.

Further reopening would be at least one month down the road, Cooper has said.

North Dakota

Large gatherings are allowed, including concerts and sporting events, state officials said Friday. They released recommendations for how such gatherings should be handled.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum told reporters that “market forces” will guide owners of the venues in following the protocols to make sure people feel “safe and comfortable.”

Schools can reopen for summer programs starting June 1.

Restaurants, gyms, and personal care businesses were allowed to reopen in early May with capacity limits and social distancing measures.

Guidelines for recreation centers, athletic centers, music venues, and theaters were expected soon.


Businesses not following guidelines from the government are being “irresponsible,” Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s office said Saturday.

“Those who operate their businesses while disregarding safety guidelines, designed to protect the health of their customers and all Ohioans, are being irresponsible and need to understand that these guidelines will be enforced,” the statement said.

DeWine allowed restaurants and bars to offer service at outdoor tables starting Friday. Dine-in service can resume on May 21.

A slew of businesses have resumed operations in recent weeks, including personal care services, manufacturing companies, and construction crews.

DeWine’s extended stay-at-home order runs through May 29.


Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed as of Friday while sporting events, weddings, and funerals can resume.

Nonessential travel can resume and bars can welcome a limited number of customers.

Phase one of  Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s reopening plan started last month with the reopening of barbershops and other personal care businesses.

Restaurants, malls, and other stores began reopening on May 1.


Retailers can reopen if they’re not inside malls as of Friday. Customers must wear face masks.

Childcare businesses and summer camps also reopened statewide.

In many counties, further reopenings are taking place, including dine-in services at restaurants and bars.

Personal care businesses in those counties can serve customers by appointment only. Gyms also reopened.

Twenty-eight of 33 counties have been approved for phase one of reopening, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday.


Thirty-seven counties have moved out of the red phase detailed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor said Friday that 12 more counties can move to the yellow phase on May 22.

Wolf has battled with some local leaders who want to move through his colored-reopening plan faster, threatening to cut funding if the counties move forward without his approval.

Wolf’s plan designates counties as red, yellow, or green. Red means counties still have a high number of new daily CCP virus cases and other metrics showing little improvement during the pandemic.

The governor extended his stay-at-home order for those counties until June 4.

Rhode Island

Phase one of reopening will last one month, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, double the time she said earlier this month.

Beaches will likely not be able to reopen for Memorial Day weekend, the governor told reporters Friday.

Raimondo has eased some restrictions, allowing restaurants to commence outdoor dining, Offices and so-called nonessential retail stores were allowed to reopen.

Churches and other houses of worship can hold services with five or fewer people and funerals that involve up to 10 people can be held.

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An empty pool is viewed at an apartment complex awaiting reopening in Arlington, Va., on May 14, 2020. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

South Carolina

So-called close-contact businesses including barbershops, hair salons, gyms, pools, and others are reopening with limitations on May 18, a week after restaurants across the state were allowed to offer dine-in service.

“Be safe, but go,” Republican Gov. Henry McMaster said at a press conference Friday as he urged people to patronize local businesses. “Our economy is not made to be shut down.”

McMaster allowed some businesses to reopen last month in one of the earliest reopenings in the nation.

Beaches in the state are open again.

South Dakota

Bars and restaurants began welcoming customers inside on Saturday, weeks after reopenings in the rest of the state.

Any business that wanted to could reopen, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem announced in late April.

Officials issued guidance on occupancy limits and employee screenings.

Schools were allowed to host small groups of students to “check in” with them before the end of the school year.

“The plan I am unveiling today continues to put the power of decision-making into the hands of the people—where it belongs. Today’s plan relies on South Dakotans continuing to exercise common sense, reasonableness, innovation, and a commitment to themselves, their families, and—in turn—their communities,” Noem said in a statement.


Capacity restrictions on restaurants and retailers will be lifted May 22,  Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Friday.

Large attractions can also reopen.

Some counties are following their own reopening plans.

A number of businesses have been allowed to reopen, including personal care businesses.


Gyms and bars can reopen on May 18, according to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Manufacturing plants deemed non-essential can also resume operations. Work in office buildings will also be allowed.

Salons, barbers, and tanning businesses resumed operations earlier this month, as did restaurant dine-in service, malls, theaters, and retailers.

Abbott’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30.


Most of the state will enter phase two on May 16, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.

Gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed while organized sports can resume.

All businesses can reopen if owners follow social distancing restrictions.

Herbert on May 1 let a slew of businesses reopen, including gyms, salons, and dine-in service at restaurants.


A gradual reopening of retailers is starting May 18 with social distancing restrictions, including capacity limits.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Friday he will let restaurants resume dine-in service before June 1. Personal care businesses like barbershops will be able to reopen before then.

Golf courses, tennis courts, and other outside recreation facilities previously reopened while gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed.


A phased reopening for some parts of the state started Friday, but counties in northern Virginia will stay locked down for now.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order this week extending restrictions for areas just outside Washington to May 28 after local officials expressed concern about reopening this week.

Phase one of reopening will let retailers labeled nonessential reopen at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants can open outdoor seating and gyms can open outdoor spaces at 50 percent capacity. Houses of worship can welcome congregants at the same capacity limits. Salons, barbershops, and other personal care businesses can reopen but can serve customers by appointment only.

Northam on May 4 extended his stay-at-home order through May 14. Phase one will last up to four weeks or even longer, according to state officials. Phases two and three are projected to last about three weeks each.


Phase two of reopening may not happen on June 1, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.

Inslee also said a requirement for restaurants to note the names and phone numbers of customers for contact tracing purposes might be changed to a recommendation after widespread outcry about the plan.

Phase one started earlier this month as retailers opened with curbside pickup and car dealerships, car washes, and mobile pet services resumed operations.

Phase two includes the reopening of all manufacturing businesses that were forced to close. Construction companies, domestic services, retailers, personal care services, and real estate companies can also resume operations. Restaurants can welcome customers back inside with capacity limits.

West Virginia

Gyms and health clubs can reopen May 18, Republican Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday.

Justice issued a phased reopening plan that has so far let drive-in movie theaters, wellness centers, outdoor dining service, and all small businesses with fewer than 10 employees resume operations.

Phase four is slated to start on May 21.

That phase includes restaurants resuming dine-in service and large stores reopening.


Numerous businesses reopened Thursday after the state Supreme Court on May 13 blocked the extended stay-at-home order.

State Health Secretary Andrea Palm had extended the order on April 16 to May 26.

“This case is about the assertion of power by one unelected official, Andrea Palm, and her order to all people within Wisconsin to remain in their homes, not to travel and to close all businesses that she declares are not ‘essential’ in Emergency Order 28,” justices wrote.

“Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel, and closing businesses exceeded the statutory authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02 upon which Palm claims to rely.”

People who violated the order cannot be criminally penalized, according to the majority decision.

Unlike most states, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has delegated to Palm to issue stay-at-home orders. The order in question is described as safer-at-home, or a looser version of a stay-at-home mandate.

Local governments can still issue their own restrictions.


Yellowstone National Park will reopen on a limited basis on May 18 while Grand Teton National Park reopened this week.

Republican Gov. Mark Gordon has let gyms, barbershops, salons, and tattoo parlors reopen, but hasn’t yet issued a date for when restaurants and bars can resume dine-in service.

Daycares have welcomed children back while hospitals resumed elective surgeries.

An order limiting public gatherings to no more than nine people was extended through mid-May while state campgrounds won’t be open until May 15.

From The Epoch Times

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