Special Report

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

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Colorado
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 26, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: April 27, 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: 13,879 (243.7 per 100,000 people — 13th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.1% (4th lowest)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) issued a stay-at-home order on March 26. On April 27, the order was lifted and replaced by a “safer at home” order. Under the new guidelines, residents are still encouraged to stay home as much as possible, and at risk populations, such as the elderly, should only leave home when absolutely necessary. Additionally, certain businesses, such as delivery and dog grooming services, have reopened and many more nonessential businesses are scheduled to reopen on May 1.

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Connecticut
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 23, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 20, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): No mandatory restrictions
> School closure status: Temporarily closed
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 25,997 (727.7 per 100,000 people — 5th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.8% (10th lowest)

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has pushed the state’s reopening date to May 20th. Upon opening, Connecticut will likely implement a procedure of checking temperatures and other signs of infection for individuals before they are permitted to enter certain buildings. Connecticut will coordinate its reopening of its economy with other states in the Northeast, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Delaware
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 24, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15, 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: 4,162 (430.3 per 100,000 people — 7th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.8% (6th highest)

Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) has set the state’s stay-at-home order to lift on May 15, and for the economy to reopen after 28 days of steady declines in confirmed new cases of COVID-19. Once the state reopens, face coverings will be required, and social distancing measures will be implemented.

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Florida
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented April 3, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): Mandatory for travelers from certain states
> School closure status: Closure recommended, not mandatory
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 32,138 (150.9 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.5% (24th highest)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued a stay-at-home order on April 3, with the caveat that local leaders can decide whether or not to close public beaches. The stay-at-home order is scheduled to end with the month of April, though visitors will not be allowed in the Florida Keys until June.

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Georgia
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented April 3, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: April 24, 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: 24,219 (230.2 per 100,000 people — 15th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.9% (11th lowest)

Georgia had one of the shortest-lived stay-at-home orders of any state. Restrictions were imposed on April 3, and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) began easing them on April 24 by allowing a range of businesses, including bowling alleys, hair salons, and tattoo parlors, to open for business. On April 27, theaters and restaurants reopened. However, bars and nightclubs in the state remain closed.