Massachusetts, Connecticut Join Rest of United States to Clear COVID-19 Blockages

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All 50 states have now reopened at least partially after Massachusetts and Connecticut lifted some coronavirus lockdowns this week.

Connecticut began lifting restrictions on Wednesday in the first phase of Governor Ned Lamont’s plan to reopen the state.

The state will allow the reopening of outdoor dining rooms, offices, shops and malls, museums and zoos, and outdoor recreation – all with demands for social distancing.

The governor delayed the opening of hair salons, which were to be part of the reopening on Wednesday, until early June.

Summer courses and other educational programs administered by local or regional school boards may not start before July 6, with a few exceptions.

All 50 US states have now reopened at least partially after Massachusetts and Connecticut lifted certain coronavirus lockdowns this week

All 50 US states have now reopened at least partially after Massachusetts and Connecticut lifted certain coronavirus lockdowns this week

Connecticut began lifting restrictions Wednesday, including on restaurants, in the first phase of Governor Ned Lamont's plan to reopen the state

Connecticut began lifting restrictions Wednesday, including on restaurants, in the first phase of Governor Ned Lamont’s plan to reopen the state

The state will allow the reopening of outdoor dining rooms, offices, shops and malls, museums and zoos, and outdoor recreational activities - all with demands for social distancing

The state will allow the reopening of outdoor dining rooms, offices, stores and malls, museums and zoos, and outdoor recreational activities – all with demands for social distancing

Meanwhile, in neighboring Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker presented a step-by-step approach on Monday to gradually restart the state’s economy, which shut down almost two months ago.

In the first phase, starting on Monday, manufacturing and construction can reopen if they meet the standards intended to curb the spread of the virus. Places of worship can resume their services if they follow a social distancing. External services are encouraged.

On May 25, laboratory and office spaces can reopen as well as hair, pet grooming and car wash salons. The retail store can collect at the curb. Offices will reopen in Boston on June 1.

Certain recreational activities will also be allowed to resume on May 25, including parks, drive-ins, certain fields and sports fields, most fishing and hunting activities, boating, gardens and zoos.

Retail stores, restaurants, hotels and other personal services, such as nail salons and day spas, may reopen in Phase Two.

As U.S. states continue to ease restrictions on coronaviruses, business is picking up, but not as usual.

In fact, it is becoming increasingly clear that without a vaccine against the plague, the disruptions could last a long time and the economy would not rebound right away.

In Connecticut, restaurants that reopened Wednesday for alfresco dining are required to rearrange workstations so that employees do not face each other, and stagger shifts and break times to minimize contact with each other .

Manufacturing and construction in Massachusetts may reopen as long as standards to stop virus spread are met

Manufacturing and construction in Massachusetts may reopen as long as standards to stop virus spread are met

In the first phase starting on Monday, manufacturing and construction can reopen provided they meet the standards intended to curb the spread of the virus

In the first phase starting on Monday, manufacturing and construction can reopen provided they meet the standards intended to curb the spread of the virus

Markers should be installed to encourage customers to keep their distance from each other.

Some of the new rules for restoring the echo reopening guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are intended for daycares, schools, day camps, public transport, restaurants, bars and other businesses and organizations.

For example, the CDC suggests that public transit systems close all other rows of seats and limit the number of passengers who can be on a bus or train.

Amid the wave of reopenings, many Americans remain suspicious, according to a new survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Poll finds 83% of Americans are at least somewhat concerned that lifting restrictions in their area will lead to additional infections.

Currently, there are more than 1.5 million infections in the United States and more than 92,000 deaths.

With the virus far from over, reopenings could turn out to be a stop and start process, two steps forward, one step back.

A forecast from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School model predicts nearly 4.3 million cases and 230,000 deaths by July 24 if states reopen but individuals fail to maintain their social distancing efforts.

Meanwhile, a separate model from the UMass Center for Excellence in Prediction of Influenza predicts that deaths will exceed 113,000 by mid-June.

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of what’s open in each state:

Alabama: Gyms, salons and hair salons can reopen if social distance is respected. Restaurants and bars can reopen with a limited number of places.

Alaska: Retail stores, restaurants and personal care services can open at 50% capacity. Religious services can also operate at 50% of their capacity. Fitness centers and bars are limited to 25% of their capacity.

Arizona: Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses can all reopen. Major league sports can also resume without spectators. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Arkansas: Restaurants, gyms and personal care can reopen. Bars can reopen from May 26. Theaters, casinos and stadiums can also reopen if they are limited to a capacity of 50 people.

California: Low risk businesses like clothing stores, sporting goods and florists can resume with a curbside pickup. Manufacturers can start over with social distancing. Gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care services remain closed. Sports without spectators can start again this month.

Colorado: Retail and personal care services may reopen. Restaurants and bars are always limited to take-out only. Large workplaces can reopen to 50% capacity.

Connecticut: Restaurants with terraces, retail stores and offices can reopen to 50% of their capacity. Personal care services can reopen from June 1.

Delaware: Retail stores may offer curbside pickup, but gyms, restaurants, bars and cinemas remain closed.

Florida: Retail stores, restaurants, gymnasiums and personal care services may reopen. Sports sites can resume without spectators. Bars, nightclubs and cinemas are still closed.

Georgia: Gyms, personal care and restaurants may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed for the time being.

Hawaii: Shopping centers, car washes, pet grooming and in-person retail can resume. Restaurants and bars remain closed. The beaches are only open for exercise.

Idaho: Restaurant, gyms, personal care businesses, retail stores and places of worship may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Illinois: Retail stores are open for pickup and delivery, and state parks are open for hiking and fishing. Gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care services are still closed.

Indiana: Retail stores, offices and places of worship may reopen. Restaurants and bars can operate at 50% of their capacity. Personal care services can reopen by appointment only. Gyms and outdoor recreation facilities remain closed.

Iowa: Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Kansas: Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Kentucky: Manufacturing, construction, car dealers and professional services can resume at 50% of their capacity. Retail businesses and places of worship may also reopen. Personal care services can start again from May 25 and restaurants and bars will likely reopen in June.

Louisiana: Restaurants, gymnasiums, personal care services and places of worship may reopen. Bars, shops and cinemas remain closed.

Maine: Personal care services may reopen, as well as retail businesses and restaurants in rural areas. Gyms can now organize outdoor lessons. Bars and retail stores in other parts of the state remain closed.

Maryland: Retail stores may reopen, while personal care services may reopen with appointments. Restaurants, bars, gyms and personal care services will remain closed.

Massachusetts: Construction, manufacturing and places of worship may reopen. Gyms, bars, restaurants and personal care services remain closed.

Michigan: Businesses and restaurants in some parts of the state can reopen to 50% of their capacity. The construction industry has reopened and retail stores can open for curbside pickup. Gyms and personal care businesses remain closed.

Minnesota: Retail businesses and commercial, industrial, manufacturing and office centers may reopen. Gyms, personal care services, restaurants and bars remain closed.

Mississippi: Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Missouri: Gyms, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, retail stores and personal care services are open.

Montana: Schools, places of worship, restaurants, bars, retail stores and personal care businesses may reopen.

Nebraska: Restaurants, personal care businesses and places of worship may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Nevada: Retail stores, restaurants and personal care businesses may reopen at reduced capacity. The gymnasiums, bars and nightclubs remain closed.

New Hampshire: Retail stores and personal care businesses may reopen. Restaurants can open to sit outside. The gymnasiums, bars and nightclubs remain closed.

New Jersey: Gyms, restaurants, bars and nightclubs remain closed. Outdoor recreation, including golf courses and parks, is now open.

New Mexico: Retail stores may open, but gyms, restaurants, bars, and personal care services remain closed.

New York: Roadside retail cinemas and drive-ins are allowed in certain parts of the state. Gyms, restaurants, personal care services and other retail stores remain closed.

North Carolina: Retail stores are open, but gyms, restaurants, bars, and personal care services remain closed.

North Dakota: Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Ohio: Retail stores, restaurants and personal care businesses may reopen. The gymnasiums, bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Oklahoma: Gyms, restaurants, bars, retail stores, personal care businesses and places of worship are open.

Oregon: Some retail stores, gyms, bars, restaurants, and personal care businesses may reopen in parts of the state.

Pennsylvania: Retail stores may reopen in parts of the state. Gyms, restaurants, bars and personal care businesses remain closed for the time being.

Rhode Island: Retail stores and outdoor restaurants can start again. Gyms, bars, nightclubs and personal care businesses may reopen.

Caroline from the south: Gyms, restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses may reopen. Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

South Dakota: The state had no locking measures in place. Businesses have been asked to open their doors and take precautions to keep people separate.

Tennessee: Gyms, restaurants and personal care services may reopen, but bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Texas: Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and shopping malls can reopen at 25%. In some parts of the state, they can open to 50% of their capacity. Bars remain closed throughout the state.

Utah: Gyms, restaurants and personal care services may reopen.

Vermont: Retail businesses may reopen, but gymnasiums, restaurants, bars and personal care services remain closed.

Virginia: Restaurants and bars can only open for al fresco dining. Personal care services may also reopen and gymnasiums remain closed.

Washington: Restaurants and roadside retailing may reopen in parts of the state. Gyms, bars and personal care services remain closed.

West Virginia: Gyms can reopen and restaurants can offer outdoor dining. Personal care services are reopened by appointment only.

Wisconsin: Bars, restaurants, gyms, retail stores and personal care services may reopen.

Wyoming: Restaurants, bars, gyms and personal care services may reopen.

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