Special Report

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

Hawaii
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 25, 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: 607 (42.7 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.8% (3rd highest)

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) implemented a stay-at-home order on March 25, initially scheduled to last until April 30. The order was recently extended however to remain in effect until May 31.

Idaho
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 25, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: April 30, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): Mandatory for all travelers
> School closure status: Closure recommended, not mandatory
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 1,897 (108.1 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.0% (3rd lowest)

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) first implemented a stay-at-home order on March 25. Initially, the order prohibited businesses from offering curbside delivery or drive-thru services, though this changed in mid-April. So long as there is not a surge in cases of the virus, businesses are set to reopen in stages through May.

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Illinois
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 21, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 30, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): No mandatory restrictions
> School closure status: Temporarily closed
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 45,883 (360.1 per 100,000 people — 9th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.6% (19th highest)

Illinois is one of the hardest hit states by COVID-19 — and the length of its stay-at-home order is a reflection of that fact. The only state to implement a stay-at-home order before Illinois was California. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) will modify the rules of the order on May 1, and the new rules will last until the end of the month. The modifications will strengthen social distancing requirements and expand the list of essential businesses to include places like animal grooming services and garden centers.

Indiana
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 24, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 1, 2020
> Quarantine for travelers (as of April 28): No mandatory restrictions
> School closure status: Temporarily closed
> COVID-19 cases as of April 27, 2020: 15,961 (238.5 per 100,000 people — 14th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.0% (16th lowest)

In mid-April, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) announced that the stay-at-home restrictions in the state will ease starting on May 1. The governor and other lawmakers are reviewing options on how to best reopen the state’s economy, sector by sector.

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Iowa
> 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: 5,868 (185.9 per 100,000 people — 17th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.2% (5th lowest)

Iowa is one of only a handful of states to have not issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Still,

Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) declared a State of Emergency in mid-March, closing all nonessential businesses until April 30. Starting May 1, restaurants, gyms, and retailers can reopen at 50% capacity in 77 of the state’s 99 counties. In the remaining counties, where COVID-19 rates have been higher, nonessential businesses are scheduled to reopen on May 15.