Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

 
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Montana > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 72 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 766) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 2 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 21) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 75,066 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 21.6% — 9th biggest increase (from 630 to 766) > Est. peak date: 3/18/2020 (est. 48 active infections) > Population: 1,062,305

Phase 2 of reopening started on June 1, and gatherings are now limited to a maximum of 50 people. Also beginning on June 1, restaurants, bars, breweries distilleries, and casinos were allowed to expand to 75% capacity. Gyms, indoor group fitness classes, pools, and hot tubs can also operate at 75% capacity. Concert halls, bowling alleys, and other places of assembly can resume activities but with reduced capacity. The 24-person cap per child care facility has been lifted. Employers should still allow employees to work remotely as much as possible. Glacier National Park began to reopen certain parts of the park on June 8. Areas of the west side of the park are open for day-use only. Montana’s gates to Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone, as well as Gardiner and Cooke City are now open as well.

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Nebraska > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 944 per 100,000 people — 10th highest (total: 18,221) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 13 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest (total: 257) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 163,368 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 5.8% — 15th smallest increase (from 17,226 to 18,221) > Est. peak date: 10/1/2020 (est. 573 active infections) > Population: 1,929,268

After June 22, 89 counties are now in phase 3 of reopening, and the remaining four counties are in phase 2. In phase 3, restaurants and bars can expand to 100% occupancy with no more than eight people per table. Games such as pool and darts will be allowed. Self-serve buffets and salad bars are still banned. Gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs can operate at 75% capacity. Personal care service businesses can operate at 75% capacity, but everyone has to wear masks. Wedding and funeral venues can allow a maximum of eight people per table and must limit dances or social events requiring guests to leave their tables.

Statewide, as of June 22, fan attendance for youth and school games expanded and is no longer limited to household members only. Contact team sports can begin practices and play games starting July 1. Drive-in movies can resume, but people must remain inside their cars. Parades, carnivals, dances, and beer gardens are banned until at least June 30.

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Nevada > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 473 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 14,362) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 16 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 494) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 290,098 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 21.3% — 10th biggest increase (from 11,842 to 14,362) > Est. peak date: 10/1/2020 (est. 1,182 active infections) > Population: 3,034,392

The state began phase 2 of reopening on May 29, allowing salons and tattoo parlors to open. Pools, museums, zoos, malls, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and more were also allowed to reopen with reduced capacity. Nevada’s gaming industry reopened on June 4. Live events such as sports, concerts, and theater performances may be held for broadcast, with no in-person spectators allowed. Schools will reopen for summer classes and activities.

Contactless outdoor youth sports practices can resume. Baseball and softball training can resume provided certain rules are followed, including having at least 30 minutes between training sessions to avoid crowding, players and coaches arriving no earlier than 15 minutes prior to a session, and participants picking up their own trash after all practices and activities.

Local officials have the authority to tighten restrictions in their area if necessary. As of June 26, people will be required to wear masks anywhere in public.

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New Hampshire > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 413 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest (total: 5,598) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 26 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 347) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 111,566 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 3.0% — 6th smallest increase (from 5,436 to 5,598) > Est. peak date: 4/30/2020 (est. 657 active infections) > Population: 1,356,458

An amended stay-at-home order expired on May 31. Still, people must maintain at least 6 feet distance when outside, use proper hand hygiene, and wear a mask whenever possible. Services like salons, massage therapy centers, and tattoo shops were allowed to reopen. Hotels and short-term rentals were allowed to resume service for state residents.

Beach activities are now allowed at state seacoast beaches. As of June 15, gyms can open at 50% capacity, and amateur sports can move into phase 2. Indoor athletic facilities and road races can reopen. Bowling alleys, libraries, funeral homes, museums, art galleries and pools can also open. Outdoor attractions such as tourist trains can resume. Day camps can open after June 22. Overnight summer camps can open a week after that. Indoor movie theaters, performing arts centers, and amusement parks can all open with capacity limits after June 29.

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New Jersey > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 1,907 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 169,892) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 146 per 100,000 people — the highest (total: 12,995) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 1,299,645 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 1.3% — 3rd smallest increase (from 167,703 to 169,892) > Est. peak date: 3/31/2020 (est. 31,156 active infections) > Population: 8,908,520

New Jersey’s stay-at-home order was lifted on June 9. Phase 2 of reopening started on June 15. Museums, libraries, limited in-person government services, and gyms can reopen. Outdoor dining and limited in-person retail can resume. Hair salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen after June 22. Career and training schools can reopen after July 1, as long as they follow health and safety protocols. Nonessential retail stores opened after June 15 at 50% capacity. Indoor portions of malls can reopen with restrictions after June 29.

Outdoor organized sports that involve no or little contact resumed on June 22. Traditional practices and competitions may be allowed after July 6 for medium-risk sports and after July 20 for high-risk sports. Amusement parks, casinos, and playgrounds statewide will be allowed to reopen July 2. The limit on outdoor gatherings may be raised to 500 people on July 3. Graduations can be held after July 6 and have a 500-person limit. People can gather outside in groups of 100.