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Here's When Every State Plans to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

Virginia
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 30, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: June 10, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): No mandatory restrictions
> School closure status: Closed for the academic year
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 13,535 (158.9 per 100,000 people — 20th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.0% (3rd lowest)

Though Virginia did not impose a stay-at-home order until March 30, later than most other states, its order will remain in effect long after many states will begin to take steps to returning to normalcy. The state’s stay at home order is not set to expire until June 10. However, residents will be able to make non-emergency medical visits beginning on May 1.

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Washington
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 23, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 4, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): No mandatory restrictions
> School closure status: Closed for the academic year
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 13,521 (179.4 per 100,000 people — 18th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

On March 23, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) implemented a statewide stay-at-home order, and on April 2, Inslee extended the order until May 4. Nonessential businesses are slated to reopen the following day.

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West Virginia
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 24, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 4, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): Mandatory for travelers from certain states
> School closure status: Closed for the academic year
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 1,077 (59.6 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) recently introduced a three phased approach to reopening the state. The first phase involves allowing elective medical procedures. The second phase, which is expected to start next week, will lift the stay-at-home order and allow restaurants with outdoor dining and certain small businesses to reopen. The third and final phase will involve slowly opening places like gyms, hotels, and casinos over a three week period.

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Wisconsin
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 25, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 26, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): No mandatory restrictions
> School closure status: Closed for the academic year
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 6,081 (104.6 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

Though outdoor recreation, like golf and boating, is permitted, the state’s stay-at-home order will remain in effect in Wisconsin until it expires on May 26.

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Wyoming
> Stay-at-home order: None
> Stay-at-home order lifted: N/A
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): Mandatory for all travelers
> School closure status: Temporarily closed
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 389 (67.3 per 100,000 people — 6th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) is one of only a handful of state leaders to not issue a stay-at-home order. Gordon has, however, closed certain nonessential businesses and issued a directive for out-of-state visitors to quarantine for two weeks. Places like gyms and hair salons will be allowed to reopen in Wyoming on May 1.