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

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Massachusetts
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 24, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 18, 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: 56,462 (818.0 per 100,000 people — 3rd highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.1% (18th lowest)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) shut his state down until May 18. However, reopening may not actually begin on that date as the governor has stated that procedures for tracing, testing, and quarantining will need to be in place before restrictions are meaningfully eased.

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Michigan
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 24, 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: 38,210 (382.3 per 100,000 people — 8th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.2% (21st lowest)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has received criticism for implementing a too strict stay-at-home order, which originally included banning the use of motorized watercraft and residents relocating to second homes. Whitmer has since relaxed some of the more restrictive measures but extended the state’s stay-at-home order until mid-May.

Minnesota
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented March 27, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 18, 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: 3,816 (68.0 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.0% (16th lowest)

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) is planning to extend his state’s stay-at-home order, which was set to expire on May 4, until May 18. The governor also allowed certain industrial and manufacturing businesses to reopen on April 27, allowing as many as 100,000 people in the state to go back to work.

Mississippi
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented April 3, 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: 6,094 (204.0 per 100,000 people — 16th highest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 17.5% (5th highest)

Mississippi had a shelter-in-place order in effect from April 3 through April 27. The state is now under a safer-at-home order, which means only the most vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, are required to stay home. Businesses in the state are now allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

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Missouri
> Stay-at-home order: Statewide; implemented April 6, 2020
> Stay-at-home order lifted: May 3, 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: 7,171 (117.0 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest)
> Projected unemployment rate, July 2020: 15.7% (17th highest)

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) has implemented a stay-at-home order on April 6, and it is set to expire on May 3. On May 4, businesses will be allowed to reopen and operate at as much as 25% capacity.