Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Colorado > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 547 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 31,155) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 29 per 100,000 people — 14th highest (total: 1,667) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 293,284 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 5.0% — 13th smallest increase (from 29,673 to 31,155) > Est. peak date: 9/15/2020 (est. 7,451 active infections) > Population: 5,695,564

Gov. Jared Polis signed an order on June 1 shifting Colorado to a Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order from the previous Safer at Home order. The new order now encourages people to go outside while maintaining social distancing. Playgrounds and swimming pools are allowed to open at limited capacity. Public and private gatherings are limited to 10 people. Nonessential employees are strongly encouraged to keep working from home for at least until the end of June.

Restaurants are now allowed to serve alcoholic beverages in expanded outdoor dining spaces. After June 18, bars can reopen at 25% capacity or 50 people indoors, whichever is fewer. Overnight camps will be allowed if they have no more than 25 children outdoors and 10 indoors. Cosmetic and personal services can reopen as well. Indoor gatherings of up to 100 people and outdoor events of up to 175 people can resume, as long as people can stay at least 6 feet apart.

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Connecticut > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 1,285 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 45,913) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 120 per 100,000 people — 3rd highest (total: 4,287) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 400,391 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 1.0% — the smallest increase (from 45,440 to 45,913) > Est. peak date: 4/4/2020 (est. 10,130 active infections) > Population: 3,572,665

Connecticut announced that summer camps will be allowed to open on June 29, in compliance with state requirements. As of June 1, barbershops, hair salons, and tribal casinos were allowed to reopen. Gov. Ned Lamont’s order on limits on social gatherings was amended, and as of June 1, outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people were allowed, in compliance with social distancing protocols of 6 feet apart and wearing of masks. As of June 2, child care facilities have been allowed to have 50 kids, up from 30. Outdoor and in-person graduation ceremonies can be held after July 6. State campgrounds will open for the season on July 8. Campers can make reservations online beginning June 20. The state’s two river ferry services resumed on June 20.

Connecticut is one of three states that now require people coming from states with a 10% positivity rate in daily COVID-19 testing or higher to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Delaware > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 1,126 per 100,000 people — 7th highest (total: 10,889) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 52 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 505) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 98,201 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 3.7% — 9th smallest increase (from 10,499 to 10,889) > Est. peak date: 4/21/2020 (est. 882 active infections) > Population: 967,171

Delaware’s state museums reopened on June 1 for self-guided tours. Personal care services such as massage therapy were allowed to reopen at 30% capacity on June 8. Delaware began phase 2 of reopening on June 15, with retailers, restaurants, and other establishments allowed to expand to 60% capacity. Personal care businesses have been allowed to expand from 30% to 60% capacity as well since June 22.

Outdoor gatherings are allowed but of no more than 250 people. Child care facilities can now open for all families but with group size limits. People are required to wear face coverings in public settings, including stores, doctor’s offices, and public transportation.

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Florida > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 512 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 109,014) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 15 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 3,281) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 1,669,440 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 31.8% — 3rd biggest increase (from 82,719 to 109,014) > Est. peak date: 10/1/2020 (est. 54,342 active infections) > Population: 21,299,325

Phase 2 of the reopening of Florida’s economy began on June 3. Under phase 2, bars and pubs may operate dine-in service at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside. Movie theaters and entertainment venues can operate at 50% capacity also. There are restrictions on salons and barbershops. All Florida counties, except Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, entered phase 2 on June 5.

The state has yet to a date for the start of phase 3, when bars, restaurants, gyms, and other businesses can resume operations at full capacity and when sporting events will be open for fans. Florida has to have a downward trend of new coronavirus cases before phase 3 is implemented. This may not happen soon as the state is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases, with young people comprising most of the new positive tests.

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Georgia > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 662 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 69,668) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 26 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 2,718) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 885,594 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 15.6% — 17th biggest increase (from 60,254 to 69,668) > Est. peak date: 10/1/2020 (est. 19,825 active infections) > Population: 10,519,475

The general shelter-in-place order expired on April 30, and the shelter-in-place order for older state residents and other at-risk individuals expired on June 12. Most social gatherings of more than 50 people are banned, unless there can be 6 feet of distance between every person. Gov. Brian Kemp permitted amusement park rides, carnivals, circuses, and water parks to open beginning June 12 in compliance with health requirements. Restaurants no longer have a limit on how many people can sit at one table or on the number of customers per square foot. Bars can now have 50 people or 35% of full capacity, whichever is greater.

Effective July 1, live performance venues can open if they meet certain criteria. Exhibitions, trade shows, conferences, business retreats, and other conventions can be held as of July 1. Overnight summer camps are open but people can attend only if they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 12 days.

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