States’ Reopening Status

States' Reopening Status

( – On the evening of April, 17, President Donald Trump announced a three-phase guideline to help states reopen their economies. The document recommends certain actions depending on the immediate threat COVID-19 poses to the state at the time. Each section of the plan has a specific set of suggestions to follow.

  • Phase one is similar to the current lockdown steps many states are employing
  • Phase two eases the lockdowns if there’s a potential for a rebound outbreak
  • Phase three is for states with little to no threat of a rebound and is the closest to normal operations

Each state is in a different stage of the outbreak and some of them have intertwined economies. So, they’re creating informal coalitions to coordinate efforts. Let’s see which ones are ready for recovery and which ones need to remain locked down.

The Midwest

Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana are unifying to coordinate recovery efforts. Currently, many of these states feel the need to continue stay-at-home orders. Michigan extended its lockdown to April 30, Ohio until May 1, and Wisconsin’s extensions last until April 24.

The Northeast

New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and others are also coordinating closely.

New York was the first major epicenter for COVID-19, though it may be at the peak of its curve. Dubbed “New York State on PAUSE,” Governor Andrew Cuomo has closed non-essential businesses and implemented stay-at-home orders until May 15.

States in this group either have similar timelines or are indefinite stay-home-orders, as is the case with New Jersey.

The Virginias and Carolinas

North and South Carolina are under lockdown until about the end of April. They’re expected to make announcements of how they plan to get back on track soon. Meanwhile, Virginia’s strict lockdown remains in effect until June 10.

West Virginia doesn’t have a date yet because it’s still in the early stages of the outbreak. The state’s population is uniquely susceptible to COVID-19 because of the many ex-coal miners.

The South

Southern states including Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia are all locked down until the end of April. Florida, which has a robust tourist economy, is eager to get back into business and reopen beaches. Jacksonville started doing that on April 17. Alabama is working on regional revival plans after the lockdown ends.

Mississippi’s lockdown ends April 20, though schools will be closed for the rest of the semester. Louisiana formed its own economic recovery task force on April 16, though New Orleans is another major epicenter for the coronavirus. The city continued to hold parades, like Mardi Gras, through late March.

The West Coast

California, Washington, and Oregon are banding together to fight the virus. Washington, in particular, wants to take matters to the state level. So far, these states are holding up well, all things considered, though they’re all on indefinite lockdown until at least May 4. California is the most populated state in the country, so things could very easily spiral out of control.

Other States

Nebraska is one of the few states that hasn’t issued a stay-at-home order, though it has implemented some economic shutdowns. Hawaii, on the other hand, is isolated and locked down until further notice. Finally, Alaska is still telling its people to stay at home, though an economic reopening could come as early as next week.

As it stands, most of the nation is still under lockdown until the end of April. Trump’s new guidelines will certainly help provide the states with useful guidance. With states banding together to coordinate economic relief efforts, many of them are optimistic for a speedy recovery.

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