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

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Kansas
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 30, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 3, 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: 3,174 (109.0 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 14.7% (8th lowest)

Kansas residents have been under a stay-at-home order since March 30. Though the order is set to expire on May 3, Gov. Laura Kelly (D) may extend the shutdown as Kansas lacks the testing supplies necessary to safely reopen.

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Kentucky
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 26, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: N/A
> 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: 4,146 (92.8 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 16.3% (10th highest)

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) plans to restart his state in phases. The first phase began on April 27 with the re-institution of nonemergency medical care visits. Phase two will begin on May 11 with the reopening of certain businesses, such as construction and auto dealerships. A specific date for lifting the state’s stay-at-home order has yet to be chosen.

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Louisiana
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 23, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 15, 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: 27,068 (580.9 per 100,000 people — 6th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 18.0% (2nd highest)

While restaurants now offer pick up and delivery services, and stores can offer curbside delivery, the stay-at-home order remains in effect in Louisiana until at least May 15. Louisiana is one of the hardest hit states by the coronavirus, both in terms of the infection rate and the effects on the economy.

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Maine
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented April 2, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 31, 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: 1,023 (76.4 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.7% (17th highest)

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) issued a stay-at-home order that was set to expire on April 30. However, the governor recently extended the order to last until May 31.

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Maryland
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 30, 2020
> 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: 19,487 (322.5 per 100,000 people — 11th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 13.9% (the lowest)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who implemented a stay-at-home order on March 30, has yet to give a specific date for the state’s reopening. The governor has, however, outlined a three-stage plan for reopening, which will likely begin in May if infection rates decline. The stages involve slowly reopening businesiness and lifting other restrictions.