America's slow road to reopening continued Monday as more than a dozen states eased strict lockdown measures on businesses and social activities put in place to curb the spread of the virulent coronavirus.
Several states believe they have “flattened the curve” of infections enough to phase their economies open after more than a month of shuttered stores, restaurants, and citizens hunkered down at home.
The moves come as the daily death toll across the U.S. dropped four days in a row for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted earlier this year. The 1,313 new deaths Sunday followed 1,426 deaths Saturday, 1,947 on Friday, and 2,029 on Thursday.
As of Monday morning, there are more than 1.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 67,000 deaths in the U.S.
States like Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee began to lift restrictions to varying degrees last month, while Texas and Illinois followed suit last week.
The following states are either lifting measures for the first time or continuing their slow rollout to reopening.
Elective and non-urgent procedures, such as biopsies and angiograms, will resume Monday with defined safety protocols for patients and medical staff.
Barber Rhonda Adams poses outside her shop shop in downtown Juneau, Alaska, on April 24 after some businesses were allowed to reopen. Adams said she was excited to get back to work. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy already had opened the way for restaurants to resume dine-in service and retail shops and other businesses to open their doors last month.
Gov. Doug Ducey last week extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” executive order until May 15, adjusting it to allow retail businesses to begin reopening Monday.
These businesses, after showing they can follow health guidelines and social distancing measures, will be allowed to sell goods through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, or curbside delivery.
Gyms and fitness centers may begin to resume operations Monday, but they must screen all staff and members upon entry. A physical distance of 12 feet is required between people, who must also wear masks. Staff must wipe and sanitize all equipment after each use.
While no statewide stay-at-home order was imposed, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson had issued restrictions that limited businesses and outdoor activities.
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Non-critical commercial businesses may allow up to 50 percent of their employees to conduct in-person work that takes place outside a private residence and follows social distancing measures as of Monday.
Gov. Jared Polis replaced the state’s stay-at-home order on April 27 with a “safer at home” order lasting 30 days, in which residents are urged to stay at home as much as possible. However, retail businesses with curbside delivery were allowed to reopen and elective medical procedures could resume.
As part of Phase 1 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” plan, all counties except Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach will begin reopening Monday.
People have breakfast at a cafe Monday in Clearwater Beach, Fla., as many public beaches and restaurants begin reopening. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Retail shops, museums, and libraries will reopen at 25 percent capacity. Restaurants could reopen outdoor seating with tables six feet apart, while indoor capacity was reduced to 25 percent. Elective surgeries could also resume at facilities with adequate space and personal protection equipment.
Phase 1 of Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to reopen the state begins Monday.
All businesses not prohibited may open if they can maintain six feet of distance between consumers, and fundamental cleaning and health practices are followed.
Businesses that cannot avoid close contact, like hair salons and tattoo parlors, will remain closed, along with theaters, museums, and fitness centers. Bars and nightclubs may continue operating curbside and carryout services.
Gov. Tim Walz on Monday will allow retail businesses and other non-critical businesses to begin offering curbside pick-up with restrictions. Employees and customers should continue wearing protective equipment and follow social distancing guidelines.
The first phase of Gov. Mike Parson’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan began Monday.
Retail shops can reopen at a reduced customer capacity. Restaurants will resume dine-in service with limits, including sitting no more than 10 at a table.
The order encourages barbers, hairstylists, and tattoo artists to take “enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate risks.”
As part of the state’s roadmap to reopening, restaurants, bars, breweries, and distilleries will begin providing some in-establishment services Monday.
Montana’s Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock last week gave retailers the green light to reopen and allowed churchgoers to attend services after a month-long hiatus.
On Monday, some restaurants, beauty and nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors may reopen with a 10-person limit. Elective surgeries will resume if certain PPE requirements are met.
Restaurants can begin serving dine-in customers with limits, including reducing capacity to 50 percent, setting tables six feet apart, and restricting diners to no more than six-person groups. Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited.
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Under Gov. Chris Sununu’s modified stay-at-home order, certain health care services may resume operations Monday.
The order, which runs through May 31, implements a phased approach to reopening the economy over several weeks.
Manufacturing, distribution, and construction will begin opening back up Monday, along with general office environments.
On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine allowed all medical procedures that can be done without an overnight stay to resume, including dentists and veterinarians.
Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the statewide “Work-Or-Home” order and returned to voluntary status Monday, Restaurants will resume outdoor dining service, with a table limit of no more than eight people. Staff and customers must follow social distancing and sanitation measures.
In this Monday April 27, 2020, photo, owners Carol and Mike MacLeod pose in one of the greenhouses of Evergreen Gardens of Vermont in Waterbury Center, Vt. Monday was the first day businesses such as greenhouses and garden centers could allow a small number of customers inside as part of Vermont's gradual coronavirus pandemic reopening plan. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
The state will allow crews of 10 or fewer workers to resume outdoor work, including construction at unoccupied job sites. Manufacturing and distribution operations could also resume with no more than 10 employees and follow social distancing.
Vermont has a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order in place until May 15.
Gov. Jim Justice on Monday reopened small businesses with 10 employees or less, along with pet groomers, barbershops, and hair and nail salons. Restaurants could resume outdoor dining and takeaway and delivery service.
Elective medical procedures were also allowed to resume.