Documenting America’s Path to Recovery: July 10, 2020

Each day, we:

  • Track the status of reopening in all 50 states.
  • Compare the status of one industry or activity across the country.
  • Provide in-depth summaries of the latest reopening plans.
  • Give you the latest stories on other reopening plans and ideas.

Want to know what happened yesterday? Click here.

The next three days

What is changing in the next three days?

July 11

  • South Carolina (Republican trifecta): Gov. Henry McMaster (R) issued an order effective June 11 that will prohibit restaurants and bars from selling alcohol after 11:00 p.m. to slow the spread of coronavirus.

July 13

  • Michigan (divided government): On July 10, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) issued Executive Order 2020-147, reiterating that individuals are required to wear face coverings in most indoor public settings. The order expands that requirement to include crowded outdoor spaces and requires businesses to refuse entry or service to individuals not wearing a face covering. The order takes effect on July 13. A willful violation of the order constitutes a misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine. The order exempts children under the age of five and individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, among others.
  • New Mexico  (Democratic trifecta): Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) announced the state was rolling back its reopening due to increasing coronavirus cases. Indoor dining, which had been permitted since June 1, will be prohibited at restaurants and bars. State parks will be closed to out-of-state visitors and visitors who cannot prove their residency. The state’s mask requirement will expand to include anyone exercising in a public space. The changes take effect on July 13.

Since our last edition

What is open in each state? For a continually updated article on reopening status in all 50 states, click here. For our last edition, click here.

  • Arizona (Republican trifecta): Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced that restaurants would be limited to 50% capacity for indoor dining, effective at 10 p.m. on July 11. Restaurants had previously been allowed to reopen at full capacity.
  • Arkansas (Republican trifecta): Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced that the reopening of schools would be delayed until Aug. 24. Schools were previously set to open Aug. 13.
  • Kentucky (divided government): On July 9, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) issued an executive order requiring individuals to wear face coverings in most public settings. Effective July 10, individuals must wear face coverings while inside or waiting in line to enter, any of the following: retail establishments; grocery stores; pharmacies; hair salons/barber shops; nail salons; tattoo parlors; child care facilities; restaurants and bars; health care settings; and any other indoor public spaces. Individuals must also wear face coverings while riding in public transit vehicles or other transportation service vehicles (e.g., taxis, ride-sharing vehicles, etc.). The order exempts children under the age of five and individuals with disabilities.
  • Idaho (Republican trifecta): Gov. Brad Little (R) announced a reopening plan for schools. Guidelines include encouraging face coverings for students and faculty, teaching hygiene, and complying with regular cleaning and disinfecting protocols. It also recommends schools be prepared to teach students in-person, with a hybrid schedule, and completely online. Little also announced Idaho would remain in Phase 4 of reopening for at least two more weeks.
  • Mississippi (Republican trifecta): Gov. Tate Reeves (R) issued an executive order increasing coronavirus restrictions in 13 counties. The order requires individuals to wear face masks in public and limits gatherings to 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.
  • Nevada (Democratic trifecta): Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) ordered bars in several counties, including Washoe and Clark, to close effective 11:59 p.m. on July 10. Under the order, restaurants will not be allowed to seat parties larger than six and must close their bar areas.
  • Vermont (divided government): The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development issued new requirements for large outdoor venues. Effective July 10, event venues, such as football stadiums, fairgrounds, and outdoor concert venues, can exceed the 150-person cap on outdoor gatherings if they create additional areas spaced 25 feet apart with physical barriers. People in the distinct areas cannot interact with those in other distinct areas and must be provided with separate parking, concessions and vendors, bathrooms, and entrances and exits. Event venues must maintain guest lists for each distinct area for 30 days.

Update on stay-at-home orders

Forty-three states issued orders directing residents to stay home except for essential activities and the closure or curtailment of businesses each state deemed nonessential. Seven states did not.

As of July 10, stay-at-home orders have ended in 41 states. Nineteen of those states have Republican governors and 22 have Democratic governors (including Wisconsin, where the state supreme court invalidated the stay-at-home order).

California and New Mexico, both of which have a Democratic governor, are the only remaining states with an active stay-at-home order.

Tracking school reopenings

All 50 states are reopening in some way. Here, we give the status of one industry or activity across the states. Today’s question: what announcements have states made for reopening schools?

  • Seven states (Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, and Wyoming) have reopened their campuses for students and staff.
  • Eleven states have issued reopening guidance and also announced a scheduled reopening.
  • Two states have announced schools will reopen in the fall but have not released reopening guidance.
  • Officials in 13 other states have issued guidance for reopening schools to in-person instruction, but have not indicated when or whether they plan to do so.

Reopening plans: a recap

Between April 27 and July 9, we provided a daily summary of all 50 states’ reopening plans. Below, we’ve compiled a brief recap of when states introduced restrictions on businesses and individuals through stay-at-home orders or other means, and when states began easing those restrictions. Each state recap ends with a link to our analysis of the reopening plan.

The date of initial reopening shows when each state permitted at least three industries the state had closed to initially reopen.

Beginning Monday, July 13, this newsletter will shift gears to focus on K-12 school reopening plans. Each day, we’ll feature plans in two states to address reopening public schools for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Alabama

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 4
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30
  • Date of initial reopening: April 30
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Alabama’s reopening plan

Alaska

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 27
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 24
  • Date of initial reopening: April 24
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Alaska’s reopening plan, “Reopen Alaska Responsibly.”

Arizona

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 31
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15
  • Date of initial reopening: May 4
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Arizona’s reopening plan, “Arizona Together.”

Arkansas

  • Stay-at-home order issued: Arkansas did not issue a stay-at-home order. On April 4, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) issued an executive order closing some businesses statewide.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 6
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Arkansas’ reopening plan.

California

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 19
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: California’s stay-at-home order is still in effect, and does not have a fixed end date.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 8
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of California’s reopening plan, “Resilience Roadmap.”

Colorado

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 25
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 26
  • Date of initial reopening: April 27
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Colorado’s reopening plan.

Connecticut

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 20
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 20
  • Date of initial reopening: May 20
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Connecticut’s reopening plan.

Delaware

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 22
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 31
  • Date of initial reopening: June 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Delaware’s reopening plan.

Florida

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 1
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 4
  • Date of initial reopening: May 4
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Florida’s reopening plan.

Georgia

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 3
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30
  • Date of initial reopening: April 24
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Georgia’s reopening plan, “Reviving a Healthy Georgia.”

Hawaii

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 23
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 31
  • Date of initial reopening: May 7
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Hawaii’s reopening plan, “Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai’i.”

Idaho

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 25
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30
  • Date of initial reopening: May 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Idaho’s reopening plan, “Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity.”

Illinois 

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 20
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 29
  • Date of initial reopening: May 29
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Illinois’ reopening plan, “Restore Illinois.”

Indiana 

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 23
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 3
  • Date of initial reopening: May 4
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Indiana’s reopening plan, “Back on Track Indiana.”

Iowa 

  • Stay-at-home order issued: Iowa did not issue a stay-at-home order. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed a proclamation closing restaurants, bars, fitness centers, casinos, theaters, and other businesses March 17.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Iowa’s reopening plan.

Kansas 

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 28
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 3
  • Date of initial reopening: May 4
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Kansas’ reopening plan, ”Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.”

Kentucky

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 25
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 29
  • Date of initial reopening: May 11
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Kentucky’s reopening plan, ”Healthy at Work.”

Louisiana

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 22
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15
  • Date of initial reopening: May 15
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Louisiana’s reopening plan, ”Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana.”

Maine

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 31
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 31
  • Date of initial reopening: May 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Maine’s reopening plan, ”Restarting Maine’s Economy.”

Maryland

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 30
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15
  • Date of initial reopening: May 15
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Maryland’s reopening plan, ”Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.”

Massachusetts

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 24
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 18
  • Date of initial reopening: May 18
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Massachusetts’ reopening plan, ”Reopening Massachusetts.”

Michigan

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 23
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 1
  • Date of initial reopening: April 24
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Michigan’s reopening plan, ”MI Safe Start.”

Minnesota

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 25
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 17
  • Date of initial reopening: April 27
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Minnesota’s reopening plan, ”Stay Safe.”

Mississippi

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 1
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 27
  • Date of initial reopening: April 27
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Mississippi’s reopening plan, ”Safe Return Mississippi.”

Missouri

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 6
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 3
  • Date of initial reopening: May 4
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Missouri’s reopening plan, ”Show Me Strong”

Nebraska

  • Stay-at-home order issued: Nebraska did not issue a stay-at-home order. Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) closed some businesses and limited gatherings on a regional basis beginning March 18.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 4
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Nebraska’s reopening plan.

Nevada

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 1
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15
  • Date of initial reopening: May 9
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Nevada’s reopening plan, “Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery.”

New Hampshire

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 26
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 15
  • Date of initial reopening: May 11
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of New Hampshire’s reopening plan.

New Jersey

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 21
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 9
  • Date of initial reopening: May 18
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of New Jersey’s reopening plan, “New Jersey: The Road Back.”

New Mexico

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 23
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: New Mexico’s stay-at-home order is scheduled to expire on July 15.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of New Mexico’s reopening plan.

New York

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 20
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 27
  • Date of initial reopening: May 15
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of New York’s reopening plan, “NY Forward.”

North Carolina

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 27
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 22
  • Date of initial reopening: May 8
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of North Carolina’s reopening plan, “Staying Ahead of the Curve.”

North Dakota

  • Stay-at-home order issued: North Dakota did not issue a stay-at-home order. Gov. Doug Burgum (R) issued an executive order closing nonessential businesses in some industries, including recreational facilities, movie theaters, tanning and tattoo parlors, and barbershops, on March 27.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of North Dakota’s reopening plan, “Smart Restart.”

Ohio

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 22
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 19
  • Date of initial reopening: May 4
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Ohio’s reopening plan, “Responsible Restart.”

Oklahoma

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 1
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 6
  • Date of initial reopening: April 24
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Oklahoma’s reopening plan, “Open Up and Recover Safely.”

Oregon

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 23
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 19
  • Date of initial reopening: May 15
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Oregon’s reopening plan, “Building a Safe and Strong Oregon.”

Pennsylvania

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 1
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 4
  • Date of initial reopening: May 8
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan.

Rhode Island

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 28
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 8
  • Date of initial reopening: May 9
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Rhode Island’s reopening plan, “Reopening RI: Charting the Course.”

South Carolina

  • Stay-at-home order issued: April 6
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 4
  • Date of initial reopening: April 20
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of South Carolina’s reopening plan, “Accelerate SC.”

South Dakota

  • Stay-at-home order issued: South Dakota did not issue a stay-at-home order.
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of South Dakota’s reopening plan, “Back to Normal.”

Tennessee

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 30
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30
  • Date of initial reopening: April 27
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Tennessee’s reopening plan, “Tennessee Pledge.”

Texas

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 31
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30
  • Date of initial reopening: April 24
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Texas’ reopening plan, “Texans Helping Texans.”

Utah

  • Stay-at-home order issued: Utah did not issue a stay-at-home order. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) closed some businesses and limited gatherings beginning March 26.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Utah’s reopening plan, “Utah leads together.”

Vermont

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 24.
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15
  • Date of initial reopening: April 20
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Vermont’s reopening plan, “Be Smart, Stay Safe.”

Virginia

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 30.
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: June 10
  • Date of initial reopening: May 15
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Virginia’s reopening plan, “Forward Virginia.”

Washington

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 23
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 31
  • Date of initial reopening: May 5
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Washington’s reopening plan, “Safe Start Washington.”

West Virginia

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 24
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 4
  • Date of initial reopening: April 30
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of West Virginia’s reopening plan, “The Comeback.”

Wisconsin

  • Stay-at-home order issued: March 24
  • Stay-at-home order lifted: May 13
  • Date of initial reopening: April 24
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Wisconsin’s reopening plan, “Badger Bounce Back.”

Wyoming

  • Stay-at-home order issued: Wyoming did not issue a stay-at-home order. Governor Mark Gordon (R) closed some businesses beginning March 20.
  • Date of initial reopening: May 1
  • Reopening plan: Click here for a summary of Wyoming’s reopening plan, “A Transition Plan for a Healthy Wyoming.”

Additional activity

In this section, we feature examples of activities by other federal, state, and local governments and influencers relevant to recovering from the pandemic.

  • One of Maine’s two casinos, Bangor’s Hollywood Casino, reopens July 10. The reopening comes after state officials and casino executives reached an agreement on capacity limits and other mitigation measures. Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck said the overall capacity limit casinos will be 200 people, with no more than 50 people allowed in each of four zones into which the casinos will be divided. Face coverings will be required.
  • Walt Disney World will begin a phased reopening of its parks on July 11. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will open to guests on July 11, while Hollywood Studios and Epcot will open to guests on July 15.
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools, in Nashville, Tennessee, announced on July 9 that students would not have the option of returning to classrooms this fall as originally planned. Instead, students will start the year learning remotely.



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