Coronavirus: When Will Your State Reopen for Business?

Bowing to pressure from President Trump, along with public protests in states including North Carolina and Wisconsin, the timeline to “reopen” the economy is now on a fast track. When will your state declare itself open for business? Find out below.

Trump’s Plan for ‘Opening Up America Again’

Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have just one purpose: to flatten the curve of infection so our hospitals don’t get overwhelmed with patients. A major spike in people needing urgent medical care, such as ventilators, could result in a much higher death toll.

But on the other side of the equation, we have a stock market in free fall and businesses that are desperate for cash. The high economic cost of the pandemic has Trump pushing for things to get back to normal as quickly as possible.

And his idea of what’s possible isn’t exactly in line with what advisors and experts are saying.

The White House issued guidelines for “Opening Up America Again” last week. The three-step plan is intended to help states determine when it will be safe to open schools, non-essential businesses, and other places that are currently shuttered.

In order to open back up, states should:

  1. See a decline in COVID-19 cases for two weeks straight
  2. See a decline in overall reported symptoms
  3. Ensure hospitals are running smoothly and routinely testing their staff

Unfortunately, the United States still does not have nearly enough tests to go around. The country also does not have a program in place to trace infections.

Despite this–and despite the almost 800,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States–some states have already decided to loosen restrictions.

When Will Your State Reopen?

Every governor has the authority to decide when (or if) to loosen stay-at-home orders and reopen non-essential businesses.

As of right now, three states are already making moves to reopen the economy. Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are the first states to push for a return to normal.

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia has declared that most businesses will be open beginning April 24. Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina plans to reopen the state’s beaches on Tuesday and has okayed businesses to open at 20% capacity to maintain a semblance of social distancing.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee has announced that the stay-at-home order will expire at the end of the month. All three governors are Republicans.

On the other end of the spectrum, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advising caution and patience. He plans to move forward much more slowly than the Southern states. Cuomo formed a pact with other East Coast states in order to cooperatively decide on a timeline to loosen restrictions.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are all working together to figure out the best, safety approach.

On the West Coast, California, Washington, and Oregon are working together to incrementally reopen their states. California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom stated that the interstate coalition will get back to business “in a safe, strategic, responsible way.”

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