Special Report

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

Alabama
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented April 4, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30, 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: 6,539 (133.8 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.5% (6th lowest)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) plans on keeping the stay-at-home order in effect until the end of April. Life will not return to normal in the state immediately after, however, as the governor acknowledged the need for greater testing capacity before all businesses can reopen normally.

Alaska
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 28, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: April 24, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): Mandatory for all travelers
> School closure status: Closed for the academic year
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 345 (46.8 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.8% (3rd highest)

The stay-at-home order was lifted on April 24 in much of Alaska before the rest of the country. As part of the easing of restrictions, Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) allowed restaurants to open — and operate at 25% capacity. The lifting of restrictions did not apply to Anchorage until April 27. Non-urgent medical appointments can resume in the state on May 4.

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Arizona
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 31, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15, 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: 6,716 (93.6 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.4% (24th lowest)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has said that the stay-at-home order will remain in effect until May 15. The order was originally set to expire at the end of April. Ducey said that restaurants could reopen as early as May 12, best case scenario.

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Arkansas
> Stay-at-home order: None
> Stay-at-home order lifted: N/A
> 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: 3,017 (100.1 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.3% (22nd lowest)

Arkansas is one of only a handful of states to have not issued a stay-at-home order. Still, establishments like restaurants have been closed, except for takeout, and public schools in the state will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

In recent days, the state has begun to open its economy, and if cases of the virus remain flat or decline, more businesses will open on May 11.

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California
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 19, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: N/A
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): No mandatory restrictions
> School closure status: Closure recommended, not mandatory
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 44,792 (113.2 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

California, on March 19, became the first state to issue a stay-at-home order. California is also one of only a handful of states to have not given a specific date as to when it anticipates lifting the order. Currently, all gatherings are prohibited, and restaurants are limited to takeout services. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will coordinate California’s reopening with the governors of Oregon and Washington.