Which States Are Reopening, Which Remain on Lockdown, and Why

In the absence of clear federal oversight, state and local officials have led public health responses to the novel coronavirus . Over the past two months, officials across the nation have shuttered bars and restaurants, imposed curfews, and prohibited large gatherings in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, which has infected more than a million Americans and killed more than 60,000. By April 1, all but five states had issued statewide or local shelter in place orders to protect public health.
Now, some officials are moving to reopen businesses, citing concerns about the economic impacts of the shutdown, while others extend restrictions. The decentralized approach has led to a lack of consistency, breeding confusion among residents and small business owners. In Georgia and Oklahoma, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors can reopen under new state guidelines, but in states like Texas and Iowa—where officials have permitted restaurants and retailers to resume operations—they must remain closed.

This guide will be updated as new restrictions are imposed or lifted. Last Update: April 30, 2020, 5:40pm.

AlabamaGovernor Kay Ivey ordered all Alabama residents to shelter in place beginning April 4, after repeatedly insisting such an action was not necessary. It did not last long. Ivey later signed an executive order allowing all retail stores to reopen at 50 percent capacity starting April 30.

"We know that what we are announcing today will please some and make others frustrated that we're not going further at this time but our job must be always to find the right balance,” Ivey said at a press conference on the reopening plans.


Governor Mike Dunleavy relaxed his “Hunker Down” order for the state, which went into effect on March 28. Beginning April 24, restaurants, retail stores, person care services, gyms, law firms, and marketing offices were permitted to reopen, with restrictions. Restaurants and personal care services may serve customers in-house by reservation only, and strict social distancing and disinfection procedures must be in place.ArizonaGovernor Doug Ducey ordered all Arizona residents to shelter in place beginning March 31.
On April 29, Ducey announced he would extend the state's stay at home order to May 15, with some changes aimed at slowly reopening Arizona's economy. Retail stores will be permitted to reopen starting May 4, and can expand their operations on May 8, provided they follow strict state guidelines. Ducey said he intends to permit restaurants to open later in the month, though he has not identified a date.