Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

 
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New Mexico > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 524 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 10,990) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 23 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 480) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 308,105 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 9.2% — 23rd smallest increase (from 10,065 to 10,990) > Est. peak date: 4/23/2020 (est. 974 active infections) > Population: 2,095,428

Nonessential businesses and services, including retailers, are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. Gatherings of more than five people are not allowed. Restaurants are now allowed to resume indoor seating at 50% capacity. They can in most of the state now offer limited outdoor dine-in service. Tables must be at least 6 feet apart, and each table can have no more than six customers. Gyms can also reopen and operate at 50% capacity. Malls, barbershops, and tattoo parlors can open at 25% capacity. Many state parks are now open for day use. Breweries can now offer outdoor and patio seating at 50% capacity, in line with social distancing protocols. Indoor service is allowed at 50% capacity, but bar and counter seating is still banned.

COVID-19 testing sites located throughout the state now offer free testing on Mondays for employees at restaurants, farmers’ markets, food manufacturing facilities, and grocery stores.

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New York > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 1,994 per 100,000 people — the highest (total: 389,666) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 127 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 24,782) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 3,551,952 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 1.2% — 2nd smallest increase (from 385,142 to 389,666) > Est. peak date: 3/24/2020 (est. 104,785 active infections) > Population: 19,542,209

Businesses can deny entry to people without masks. Campgrounds and RV parks are now allowed to reopen statewide. In-person special education instruction can take place over the summer. Schools can hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies. Five regions are on track to enter phase 4 on June 26 — Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier. In phase 4, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, an increase from 25 allowed in phase 3. Long Island entered phase 3 on June 24.

New York City entered phase 2 on June 22. People can go back to the office. The U.S. Open will take place in Queens from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 — the usual time every year — without a live audience. New York City is expected to enter phase 3 no sooner than July 6.

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North Carolina > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 541 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 56,174) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 12 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 1,271) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 791,285 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 19.9% — 12th biggest increase (from 46,855 to 56,174) > Est. peak date: 10/1/2020 (est. 3,307 active infections) > Population: 10,383,620

North Carolina entered its first phase of reopening on May 8, allowing retailers to operate at 50% capacity and child care centers to reopen. The modified stay-at-home order expired on May 22, when the state entered phase 2. Under the new rules, gatherings of up to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors are allowed. The state also advises residents to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others in public and wear a face mask. Restaurants are now open but must operate at 50% capacity and follow strict sanitation and social distancing guidelines.

Phase 2 was set to expire on June 26, but the state paused further reopening plans due to a surge in new COVID-19 cases. People in North Carolina are now required to wear face coverings when in public, making the state the first in the South to issue such a mandate. Children under 11, people with preexisting conditions, and those exercising outdoors are exempt.

North Dakota > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 442 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 3,362) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 10 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 78) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 98,689 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 6.2% — 17th smallest increase (from 3,166 to 3,362) > Est. peak date: 4/27/2020 (est. 173 active infections) > Population: 760,077

North Dakota is one of a handful of states that never issued a statewide stay-at-home order. The order for all nonessential businesses to close ended on April 30. Some businesses, including movie theaters, gyms, salons, tattoo parlors, bars, and restaurants have been allowed to open. Bars and restaurants are now allowed to increase capacity to 75%; movie theaters are allowed to increase capacity to 65%; and fitness centers may consider resuming classes with social distancing. The recommended capacity for banquets and weddings increased to 75% of venue occupancy, but to no more than 500 people.

Long-term care facilities can start a phased approach to resuming visitation, preferably outdoors. Visitors should make an appointment. Nursing homes approved for phase 1 can resume group dining and other activities such as bingo.

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Ohio > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 400 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 46,759) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 24 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 2,755) > Total tests administered as of June 25: N/A > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 10.2% — 25th smallest increase (from 42,422 to 46,759) > Est. peak date: 4/23/2020 (est. 4,730 active infections) > Population: 11,689,442

The modified stay-at-home order expired on May 29. People are required to wear face coverings when in public. Social gatherings remain limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Gyms and fitness centers are able to reopen and non-contact and limited-contact sports can resume with safety protocols in place. Public and club pools can reopen as can miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys. Catering and banquet centers can reopen if tables are at least 6 feet apart and gatherings don’t exceed 300 people. Entertainment facilities such as country clubs, indoor movie theaters, outdoor playgrounds, trampoline parks, and zoos can now also open. Casinos, amusement parks, and water parks can open beginning June 19.

Contact practice for all sports were allowed to resume on June 22, as long as participants adhere to safety protocols.