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    Reopenings are taking place across the United States as most governors ease harsh restrictions put into place to try to slow the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

    The new virus, which originated in China, causes the potentially deadly disease COVID-19.

    Here’s the situation with each state and the District of Columbia. This post will updated. Last updated on May 15.

    Alabama

    Restaurants, bars, and breweries reopened May 11 with limited seating and other social distancing guidelines under relaxed restrictions from Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

    Gyms and athletic facilities were also allowed to reopen, as were barbershops, salons, and other businesses where close contact is difficult to avoid.

    The limit on social gatherings was removed, opening the door to large church services.

    Ivey let some businesses welcome back customers last month under an altered stay-at-home order.

    Alaska 

    Bars, theaters, and gyms reopened in Anchorage on May 11, two days after retailers, personal care services, gyms, bars, libraries, and museums reopened across the state.

    Capacity limits were placed on most businesses.

    Gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed.

    Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy allowed some sectors of the economy to begin reopening on April 24, including retailers, barbers, nail salons, and hairdressers.

    Arizona

    Some casinos and other businesses began reopening Friday as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s expired.

    Gyms and swimming pools could reopen on Wednesday while restaurants and retailers recently welcomed customers back inside for dine-in service and shopping.

    Elective surgeries restarted on May 1.

    Arkansas

    The state isn’t ready to move to phase two of reopening, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday.

    “We’re not in a position to predict when that might happen,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “Obviously, when you see two days of increase in patients and two days of increase in hospitalization, that’ll cause you to pause and make sure to remind everybody to be careful.”

    Hutchinson previously said he’d announce plans to reopen bars and let summer camps and youth sports resume next week.

    He also said large outdoor venues could reopen May 18 with one-third capacity and indoor venues like bowling alleys could reopen the same day but must have no more than 50 people inside.

    Gyms, fitness centers, and athletic facilities started reopening on May 4, while barbershops, salons, tattoo parlors, and spas welcomed customers two days later. State parks reopened on May 1.

    California

    Guidelines for restaurants to resume dine-in service were released on May 12, as were rules for malls and offices to reopen, according to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    But phase two cannot happen unless counties have no COVID-19 deaths in the previous two weeks and no more than one new CCP virus case per 10,000 residents in the past two weeks, among other metrics.

    Certain counties can move through the reopening phases faster than others but they must meet criteria such as a specific daily rate of new cases and have a readiness plan that’s available to the public.

    Newsom let lower-risk businesses allowed to reopen on May 8, including non-essential manufacturing, childcare facilities, and retailers for curbside pickup.

    Check here for live updates on developments in California.

    Colorado

    Rocky Mountain National Park will reopen on May 27, officials announced on May 12, the same day as campgrounds at state parks reopened.

    Democratic Gov. Jared Polis eased his stay-at-home order last month, letting retailers reopen with curbside service and real estate showings resume.

    Barbershops, salons, and retailers welcomed customers back on May 1, while office work restarted at 50 percent capacity a few days later.

    Polis hasn’t yet decided when restaurants can resume dine-in service.

    Connecticut

    Beaches will reopen for Memorial Day weekend in an agreement made with nearby states to try to avoid a flood of people traveling to one state.

    “If New Jersey opens beaches or Connecticut opens beaches and we didn’t open beaches, you would see a flood of people to Connecticut and New Jersey,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Friday in announcing the plan.

    Beaches in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Delaware will reopen May 22, Cuomo said.

    Democrat Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, meanwhile, is targeting May 20 to relax restrictions.

    Personal care services can reopen then, along with retailers, offices, and restaurants.

    Gyms and some other businesses will remain closed. Primary schools won’t reopen for the rest of the school year, while colleges and universities can start gradually reopening during the summer, Lamont said recently.

    No date has been set for phase two of the reopening plan.

    Delaware

    Farmer’s markets and ice cream shops are allowed to reopen as of Friday while beaches pools can reopen on May 22, state officials said.

    “Summer at the beach and the pool is a huge part of life for so many Delawareans. As we ease our way into a new normal, we’re trying to find ways for Delawareans to enjoy the outdoors and the company of their families,” Democratic Gov. John Carney said in a statement.

    But he told people who don’t live in the state not to travel to the beaches and strict social distancing requirements remain in effect, such as a mandate requiring people keep six feet of distance between themselves and individuals they don’t live with.

    A selection of businesses reopened last week but are under restrictions, with some only being able to serve customers through curbside pickup and others through appointments.

    District of Columbia

    Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser on Wednesday extended the city’s stay-at-home order to June 8.

    It was slated before to expire on May 15.

    “Rushing to reopen can have tragic results,” Bowser said at a press conference.

    Officials have said the first phase will only start after three metrics show a sustained decline: new daily CCP virus cases, reports of flu-like illnesses, and new cases inside nursing homes.

    Florida

    More reopenings will take place May 18, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.

    Restaurants will be able to fill up to 50 percent capacity, as will retailers.

    Gyms will reopen.

    Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which just entered phase one, will lag behind the rest of the state because of high numbers of virus cases.

    DeSantis previously let personal care businesses reopen along with restaurants and retailers.

    Georgia

    Public swimming pools and summer camps were allowed to reopen on May 14,

    Restaurants can welcome more customers, including parties of up to 10 people.

    Bars, nightclubs, live performance venues, and amusement parks will remain closed until the end of the month under orders from Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

    A slew of businesses began reopening on April 24, including restaurants, movie theaters, and bowling alleys, in one of the first reopenings in the country.

    Kemp allowed his order to expire on April 30 but extended a state of emergency until June, with some restrictions remaining in place.

    Hawaii

    Democratic Gov. David Ige said he plans to extend his revised stay-at-home order through the end of June, as well as a two-week mandatory quarantine for all people who enter the state.

    Some businesses deemed medium-risk may be allowed to reopen before then, Ige added.

    That includes barbershops and dine-in service at restaurants.

    Lt. Governor Josh Green previously said such businesses could reopen as soon as May 25.

    Officials have let some businesses reopen, including auto dealerships, pet grooming services, and childcare companies.

    Idaho

    Indoor dining at restaurants can resume on May 16 and salons, gyms, and recreation facilities can reopen as phase two starts.

    Republican Gov. Brad Little announced the start date at a press conference on Thursday.

    Ninety percent of businesses in the state were allowed to reopen in phase one, which started May 1, according to Little’s office.

    The governor said bars can reopen on May 30, the scheduled date for phase three of reopening.

    Illinois

    All four regions outlined in Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan are on track to move to phase three by May 29, the governor said Thursday.

    “Every region is poised, if it maintains the metrics that it’s at now, to move into Phase 3 in a few short days,” Pritzker said at a press briefing. “I mean, literally we’re talking about 14 days.”

    Illinois entered phase two on May 1. Some so-called non-essential businesses take customers’ orders and deliver them or have curbside pickup.

    Pritzker’s stay-at-home order is in place through the end of May and some businesses such as restaurants are under harsh restrictions until at least late June.

    Indiana

    Personal care businesses such as spas and barbershops reopened on May 11 by appointment only. Restaurants and bars could welcome customers back inside but only at 50 percent capacity.

    The reopenings are part of phase two of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s plan.

    Phase two started earlier this month with the reopening of retailers and commercial businesses, including any manufacturing companies deemed non-essential. Phase three is slated for May 24.

    Casinos likely won’t reopen until June 14, according to the Indiana Gaming Commission. That’s when phase four of the plan is scheduled.

    Holcomb allowed his stay-at-home order to expire on May 1.

    Iowa

    Restaurants across the state are allowed to resume dine-in service on May 15 while personal care businesses like salons can welcome customers inside, under further relaxations from Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.

    Dentist offices, campgrounds, drive-in movie theaters, tanning facilities, and spas reopened on May 8, while restaurants, fitness centers, and retailers in most counties reopened at 50 percent capacity on May 1.

    But some counties, due to high case counts, have kept strict restrictions in place until now.

    Reynolds told reporters that Iowa has “seen significant progress” in the battle against the CCP virus.

    A slew of other businesses, including bars, movie theaters, and bowling alleys, remain closed until May 27 or later.

    Kansas

    Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday she’s slowing reopening, ordering bars and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month.

    “Unfortunately, the daily rate of disease spread has not shown the downward trajectory necessary to move fully into Phase 2,” she told reporters.

    Kelly said she plans on keeping some restrictions in place until near the end of June.

    Barbershops, salons, and other personal care businesses can reopen May 18 but must only serve customers by appointment. Gyms can reopen and in-person graduation ceremonies can take place if 10 or fewer people are in one room.

    Phase one started on May 4. Kelly allowed restaurants to welcome customers inside and some businesses to reopen.

    Kentucky

    Retailers can welcome back customers on May 20, according to new guidelines from Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, the same day churches can resume in-person services.

    Restaurants are slated to be able to resume dine-in service two days later while personal care businesses including salons can reopen on May 25.

    Reopenings slated for June include movie theaters, gyms, and childcare businesses.

    Some businesses, including offices and construction companies, reopened on May 11.

    Louisiana

    Churches, gyms, and movie theaters can reopen May 15 at 25 percent capacity, the same limit placed on restaurants as they resume dine-in service.

    Barbershops, salons, casinos, museums, and zoos can also reopen under relaxed restrictions from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who let his stay-at-home order expire Thursday.

    Stores were allowed to open for curbside delivery and restaurants were allowed to open outside areas for patrons to eat meals without tableside service on May 1.

    Maine

    Hotels and other places of stay can accept reservations for June 1 or later, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Thursday.

    A previous order prohibited reservations unless essential workers were making them.

    Retailers, meanwhile, were able to welcome customers inside in 12 counties with no community transmission of the CCP virus on May 11, while restaurants in the same counties can resume table service on May 18.

    “With low case counts, no evidence of community transmission, and, now, expanded testing capacity, we believe it is appropriate to gradually lift some limitations on certain businesses in our rural counties with health and safety precautions to protect public health,” Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said in a statement.

    Businesses began reopening statewide on May 1, including barbershops, hair salons, golf courses, state parks, auto dealerships, and car washes. Phase two of reopening for most of the state isn’t scheduled until June 1.

    Maryland

    Manufacturing companies deemed non-essential can reopen Friday along with retailers, salons, and churches.

    Dine-in service in restaurants, gyms, and theaters will remain closed for now.

    Some counties are not starting to reopen, including Howard and Montgomery counties.

    The reopening was enabled by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan shifting a stay-at-home order to a safer-at-home order.

    “The fight against this deadly disease is far from over. But because of incredible courage you have shown and the extraordinary sacrifices you have made, Maryland, and our nation, can now at least begin to slowly recover,” Hogan said at a press conference.

    Massachusetts

    Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has repeatedly resisted setting a start date for reopening even as he’s said he wants to relax restrictions starting May 18.

    Businesses that can reopen in phase one will be ones that can welcome customers without spreading the CCP virus, Baker said this week.

    “I would love to be able to open up everything tomorrow,” Baker said. “But that would be an incredibly irresponsible thing to do.”

    Baker’s four-phase reopening plan includes letting limited industries resume operations with “severe restrictions” in phase one.

    Phases two and three will let the additional businesses reopen. Phase four won’t happen until the development of vaccines and/or therapies against the CCP virus.

    Michigan

    General Motors and other car manufacturers can resume production on May 18. Auto supply companies and some other manufacturers reopened May 11.

    Michigan is in phase three of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s six-phase reopening plan.

    Retailers and companies using offices can reopen in phase four.

    The start date for that phase hasn’t been set yet. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order was recently extended through May 28.

    Minnesota

    Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is shifting his stay-at-home order to one with looser restrictions, enabling retailers to welcome customers back inside with capacity limits and for people to gather in groups of up to 10.

    “We know the safest place we can be is at home, but we can’t continue like this forever,” he said at a press conference.

    Restaurants and bars are closed to dine-in service until June 1. Personal care businesses like salons are also not allowed to reopen until then.

    Walz previously let some businesses, primarily in industrial sectors, reopen.

    Mississippi

    Casinos can start reopening May 21, the state Gaming Commission said. Casinos were closed on March 16.

    Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has allowed a number of businesses, including gyms, salons, and barber shops, top reopen.

    Restaurants were allowed to welcome customers last week, while retailers were allowed to reopen last month.

    Missouri

    Campgrounds are reopening May 18.

    “We are happy to be able to reopen our campgrounds and provide another outdoor recreational opportunity for our visitors, but, as you might expect, our guests will see some changes,” Carol Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said in a statement.

    Social distancing limitations include occupancy restrictions in restrooms and shower houses.

    One of the widest reopenings in the country took place in the state in early May. Every business was allowed to reopen as long as people abided by social distancing requirements, Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, said at a press conference.

    The main requirement is keeping 6 feet distance between an individual and people they don’t live with.

    Montana

    Gyms, movie theaters, and museums are reopening on May 15, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said.

    Restaurants and bars welcomed customers back inside on May 4.

    Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock let retailers and houses of worship reopen last month.

    Students were allowed to return to schools on May 7, pending decisions by local school boards, in one of the earliest planned reopenings of schools in the nation.

    Nebraska

    Youth baseball and softball can resume in June. Depending on how that goes, other events and activities may be able to resume soon, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts said Thursday.

    “Those are sports that are generally more socially distant anyway.” Rickets said at a Monday press conference. “We want to take this a step at a time to see how we can roll this out and make it work.”

    Rickets said recently that bars won’t be allowed to reopen until June or later. He let restaurants in some areas of the state to resume dine-in service on May 4.

    Some other businesses were also allowed to reopen, including hair salons and tattoo parlors. Health-related businesses were allowed to reopen or expand services, such as dental work and veterinary services.

    Nevada

    Restaurants inside casinos can reopen, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said, if social distancing restrictions are followed.

    The properties must confirm whether a separate entrance for the restaurant exists.

    If not, managers have to detail how customers can enter the restaurant without going onto the gaming floor.

    Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak let restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, retailers, and car dealerships reopen with limitations on May 9.

    New Hampshire

    Restaurants can serve customers at outside tables starting May 18, a week after retailers, hair salons, golf courses, and barbershops reopened.

    “New Hampshire is definitely ready to take these first steps because they are just that, they are steps,” Republican Gov. Chris Sununu told WMUR.

    “We’ve looked at the data. We’ve been very cognizant of the trends.”

    Campgrounds, manufacturing businesses, and state parks reopened on May 1 while hospitals could resume elective procedures on May 4 as Sununu’s stay-at-home order expired.

    New Jersey

    Construction work deemed non-essential and some retailers that were forced to shut down earlier this year can reopen on May 18, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

    Retailers will be forced to operate through a curbside pickup business model.

    Murphy’s planned executive order will also permit drive-through and drive-in events if attendees follow strict social distancing guidelines.

    Murphy has relaxed few restrictions apart from letting state and county parks reopen since announcing a stay-at-home order in March.

    New Mexico

    Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the state’s emergency public health order to May 31.

    The modified order lets retailers welcome customers back inside on May 16 and so-called non-essential businesses, such as those requiring offices, can also resume operations.

    Gyms, salons, theaters, and other businesses remain closed until at least early June.

    Grisham also announced that residents will be required to wear face coverings in public.

    Businesses allowed to reopen earlier in May included gun stores, pet service businesses, and golf courses.

    New York

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended his stay-at-home order until June 13 as he said five regions meet the criteria to begin reopening.

    The regions are: Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Southern Tier.

    Phase one of reopening allows retailers to serve customers with curbside pickup and manufacturing and construction businesses to reopen. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing companies can reopen, along with wholesale trade operations.

    North Carolina

    Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that phase two of reopening will likely not start for at least two weeks.

    Phase one started last week.

    Retail stores deemed non-essential, such as clothing and sporting goods stores, were allowed to welcome customers inside.

    Childcare services will be allowed to resume operations, but only for children of parents who are working or looking for work. Summer day camps can start but overnight ones cannot.

    Phase two would see a limited reopening of restaurants and bars to inside service and the reopening of public playgrounds.

    Further reopening would be at least one month down the road, Cooper has said.

    North Dakota

    Schools can reopen for summer programs starting June 1, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum said Monday.

    He described in a statement the order as “a soft opening of school facilities.”

    Restaurants, gyms, and personal care businesses were allowed to reopen in early May with capacity limits and social distancing measures.

    Guidelines for recreation centers, athletic centers, music venues, and theaters were expected soon.

    Ohio

    Restaurants and bars can offer service at outdoor tables starting Friday. Dine-in service can resume on May 21.

    Personal care services like barber shops reopened under relaxed restrictions from Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.

    DeWine allowed manufacturing, construction, and distribution businesses to reopen on May 4, along with some office work, under his altered stay-at-home mandate.

    The order was extended through May 29 after previously being set to expire on May 1.

    Medical providers like dentists were allowed to resume non-essential surgeries last week.

    Oklahoma

    Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed as of Friday while sporting events, weddings, and funerals can resume.

    Nonessential travel can resume and bars can welcome a limited number of customers.

    Phase one of  Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s reopening plan started last month with the reopening of barbershops and other personal care businesses.

    Restaurants, malls, and other stores began reopening on May 1.

    Oregon

    Retailers can reopen if they’re not inside malls on Friday. Customers must wear face masks.

    Childcare businesses and summer camps are also reopening statewide.

    In many counties, further reopenings are taking place, including dine-in services at restaurants and bars.

    Personal care businesses in those counties can serve customers by appointment only. Gyms also reopened.

    Twenty-eight of 33 counties have been approved for phase one of reopening, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday.

    Pennsylvania

    Thirty-seven counties have moved out of the red phase detailed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor said Friday that 12 more counties can move to the yellow phase on May 22.

    Wolf has battled with some local leaders who want to move through his colored-reopening plan faster, threatening to cut funding if the counties move forward without his approval.

    Wolf’s plan designates counties as red, yellow, or green. Red means counties still have a high number of new daily CCP virus cases and other metrics showing little improvement during the pandemic.

    Wolf extended his stay-at-home order for those counties until June 4.

    Rhode Island

    Summer camps can reopen June 29, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday.

    Restaurants are allowed to reopen for outdoor dining on May 18, about a week after offices and so-called nonessential retail stores were allowed to reopen.

    Raimondo has also let churches and other houses of worship hold services with five or fewer people and funerals that involve up to 10 people.

    Beaches and restaurants remain closed for now.

    South Carolina

    So-called close-contact businesses including barbershops, hair salons, gyms, pools, and others are reopening with limitations on May 18, a week after restaurants across the state were allowed to offer dine-in service.

    Republican Gov. Henry McMaster allowed some businesses to reopen last month in one of the earliest reopenings in the nation.

    Most beaches in the state are open again.

    South Dakota

    Any business that wanted to could reopen, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem announced in late April.

    The state issued guidance on occupancy limits and employee screenings.

    Schools were allowed to host small groups of students to “check in” with them before the end of the school year.

    “The plan I am unveiling today continues to put the power of decision-making into the hands of the people—where it belongs. Today’s plan relies on South Dakotans continuing to exercise common sense, reasonableness, innovation, and a commitment to themselves, their families, and—in turn—their communities,” Noem said in a statement.

    Tennessee

    Nashville began letting some businesses reopen Monday, including retailers. Dine-in service is allowed in restaurants.

    Bowling alleys, golf facilities, and other similar businesses resumed operations in most of the state last week.

    Most businesses in much of the state were allowed to reopen on May 1 as Republican Gov. Bill Lee let his stay-at-home order expire.

    Salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen on May 6.

    Some counties were moving slower through the phased reopening such as Davidson County, which includes Nashville.

    Texas

    Salons, barbers, and tanning businesses were resuming operations on May 8.

    Gyms and bars can reopen as soon as May 18, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday.

    Abbott previously let restaurants, malls, movie theaters, and retailers reopen and serve customers inside their buildings.

    Abbott’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30.

    Utah

    Most of the state will enter phase two on May 16, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.

    Gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed while organized sports can resume.

    All businesses can reopen if owners follow social distancing restrictions.

    Herbert on May 1 let a slew of businesses reopen, including gyms, salons, and dine-in service at restaurants.

    Vermont

    A gradual reopening of retailers is starting May 18 with social distancing restrictions, including capacity limits.

    Golf courses, tennis courts, and other outside recreation facilities reopened on May 7.

    Gatherings of up to 10 people were also allowed, but elderly people shouldn’t attend, according to Republican Gov. Phil Scott.

    Construction, distribution, and transportation companies with fewer than 10 people were allowed to resume operations on May 4. Scott let “low-contact” businesses reopen last month if they had no more than two staff members. The businesses could return to full operations on May 11.

    Elective care procedures have been allowed to resume.

    Virginia

    A phased reopening for some parts of the state is starting Friday, but counties in northern Virginia will stay locked down for now.

    Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order this week extending restrictions for areas just outside Washington to May 28 after local officials expressed concern about reopening this week.

    “While the data show Virginia as a whole is are ready to slowly and deliberately ease some restrictions, it is too soon for Northern Virginia. I support the request from localities in this region to delay implementation of Phase One to protect public health,” Northam said in a statement announcing he was allowing some counties and towns to delay reopening.

    Phase one of reopening will let retailers labeled nonessential reopen at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants can open outdoor seating and gyms can open outdoor spaces at 50 percent capacity. Houses of worship can welcome congregants at the same capacity limits. Salons, barbershops, and other personal care businesses can reopen but can serve customers by appointment only.

    Northam on May 4 extended his stay-at-home order through May 14.

    Phase one will last up to four weeks or even longer, according to state officials. Phases two and three are projected to last about three weeks each.

    Washington

    Phase two of reopening may not happen on June 1, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.

    Inslee also said a requirement for restaurants to note the names and phone numbers of customers for contact tracing purposes might be changed to a recommendation after widespread outcry about the plan.

    Phase one started earlier this month as retailers opened with curbside pickup and car dealerships, car washes, and mobile pet services resumed operations.

    Phase two includes the reopening of all manufacturing businesses that were forced to close. Construction companies, domestic services, retailers, personal care services, and real estate companies can also resume operations. Restaurants can welcome customers back inside with capacity limits.

    West Virginia

    Gyms and health clubs can reopen May 18, Republican Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday.

    Justice issued a phased reopening plan that has so far let drive-in movie theaters, wellness centers, outdoor dining service, and all small businesses with fewer than 10 employees resume operations.

    Phase four is slated to start on May 21.

    That phase includes restaurants resuming dine-in service and large stores reopening.

    Wisconsin

    Numerous businesses reopened Thursday after the state Supreme Court on May 13 blocked the extended stay-at-home order.

    State Health Secretary Andrea Palm had extended the order on April 16 to May 26.

    “This case is about the assertion of power by one unelected official, Andrea Palm, and her order to all people within Wisconsin to remain in their homes, not to travel and to close all businesses that she declares are not ‘essential’ in Emergency Order 28,” justices wrote.

    “Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel, and closing businesses exceeded the statutory authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02 upon which Palm claims to rely.”

    People who violated the order cannot be criminally penalized, according to the majority decision.

    Unlike most states, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has delegated to Palm to issue stay-at-home orders. The order in question is described as safer-at-home, or a looser version of a stay-at-home mandate.

    Local governments can still issue their own restrictions.

    Wyoming

    Yellowstone National Park will reopen on a limited basis on May 18 while Grand Teton National Park reopened this week.

    Republican Gov. Mark Gordon has let gyms, barbershops, salons, and tattoo parlors reopen, but hasn’t yet issued a date for when restaurants and bars can resume dine-in service.

    Daycares have welcomed children back while hospitals resumed elective surgeries.

    An order limiting public gatherings to no more than nine people was extended through mid-May while state campgrounds won’t be open until May 15.

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