Do you realize that more than 90% of the US population is under a stay-at-home order or shelter-in-place order right now? 90%! That is huge!
I have to be honest and say my mental state is suffering quite a bit. I hope you are handling it ok.
When will it be deemed safe to continue on with normal life?
The President says May 1st is the day to get back out there. Some governors and mayors agree and some disagree. Everyone is torn because no one knows the answer.
Here is what we know so far about each state and their plans of reopening. Keep in mind, this information is constantly changing!
The governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, had issued a stay-at-home order that is set to expire on April 30th. They say they will have a plan ready by April 17th on how to reopen the state’s economy. It will be a slow process of reopening and they want to reopen everything while keeping up with social distancing.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered Alaska residents to stay at home on March 28th. That order is to remain in effect until rescinded. He does have plans to reopen the state as early as next week.
Gov. Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizona that will expire on April 30th. It could be extended if needed, but the governor would like to get things up and running while maintaining social distancing and safety.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has not issued a stay-at-home order for Arkansas. Schools are closed for the rest of this school year. Places like gyms, restaurants, bars, and other public spaces are closed until further notice.
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for the state of California on March 19th that has no set expiration date.
Gov. Jared Polis has extended the Colorado stay-at-home order. It is now in effect until April 26th. He hopes to start to reopen then, but only if residents are staying home and wearing masks while out. He also said that opening in early May will not mean that things go back to normal right away.
Gov. Ned Lamont extended Connecticut’s mandatory shutdown until May 20th. They expect at least another month before making a decision on when they will begin to open back up.
Gov. John Carney issued a statewide stay-at-home order for Delaware that will remain until May 15th as of now. This could be extended.
District of Columbia
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser extended the stay-at-home order for Washington D.C. until May 15th. At that time they will reaccess the situation and decide on how and when to reopen. It may be extended.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order for Florida that is in effect until April 30th. He is considering re-opening schools in the state.
Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statewide shelter-in-place order for Georgia that expires on April 30th. He also extended the public health emergency through May 13th. They will not be reopening schools this school year.
Gov. David Ige issued a stay-at-home order for Hawaii that will last until at least April 30th. There has not been any open talk on reopening Hawaii at this time.
Gov. Brad Little issued a stay at home order for Idaho on March 25th. This is scheduled to remain in effect until April 15th and could be extended.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for Illinois until April 30th. They hope to slowly start lifting shelter-in-place orders.
Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order for Indiana that lasts through April 20th, but that could be extended. They plan to open slowly when they feel it is safe.
Gov. Kim Reynolds has not declared a stay-at-home order Iowa. There is a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency that was declared on March 17th. This ordered all nonessential businesses to close until April 30th. They are discussing plans on the possibility of reopening schools.
Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay-at-home order for Kansas that expires on April 19th. She did say that she is considering extending the order and will talk about that this week.
Gov. Andy Beshear issued a “Healthy at Home” order for Kentucky on March 25th that does not have an expiration date. There has not been a decision on when to reopen. He did recommend that school districts extend the suspension of in-person classes until at least May 1st. It is possible that the schools could be canceled for the rest of the year.
Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the stay-at-home order for Louisiana through April 30th. They have not decided the next steps as of yet.
Gov. Janet Mills issued a “Stay Healthy at Home” executive order until at least April 30th for Maine. She did extend the state’s civil state of emergency until May 15th.
Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statewide stay-at-home order for Maryland on March 30th. There is no expiration date as of now on this order.
Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order for Massachusetts that required all nonessential businesses to close until May 4th.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until April 30th. This could be extended.
Gov. Tim Walz extended the stay-at-home order for Minnesota until May 3rd. He signed an executive order extending the peacetime emergency until May 13th as well.
Gov. Tate Reeves issued a shelter-in-place order for Mississippi will expire on April 20th. Schools will remain closed for the rest of the semester. He has also stated that Mississippi needed to “open things back up as quickly and as responsibly as possible”.
Gov. Mike Parson issued “Stay Home Missouri” order for Missouri until April 24th. There have been no plans put out about reopening the state as of posting.
Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana extended the stay-at-home order until April 24th. They are hoping to reopen sooner rather than later.
Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy” campaign on April 10th. He also ordered that all hair salons, tattoo parlors, and strip clubs stay closed until April 30th. All organized group sports are canceled until May 31st. Nebraska has not issued a stay-at-home order and they have not made any plans to reopen the state as of now.
Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a stay-at-home order for Nevada until April 30th.
Gov. Chris Sununu issued a stay-at-home order until May 4th for New Hampshire.
Gov. Phil Murphy issued a stay-at-home order for New Jersey on March 21st and there is no specific end date.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended New Mexico’s emergency order until April 30th.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a “New York State on PAUSE” executive order that started on March 22nd. Schools are ordered to stay closed until April 29th. Nonessential businesses are to remain closed until April 29th as well. This will probably be extended because he has not come to a decision on when businesses can reopen.
Gov. Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order for North Carolina until April 29th.
Gov. Doug Burgum has not issued a stay-at-home order. He has shut down schools, restaurants, fitness centers, movie theaters, and salons. He has not talked about fully reopening businesses and schools at this time.
Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide stay-at-home order for Ohio until May 1st.
Gov. Kevin Stitt has issued a statewide “Safer at Home” order in Oklahoma for adults over the age of 65 and other high-risk residents until April 30th. They plan to slowly reopen the economy.
Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order for residents of Oregon to stay at home on March 23rd, there is no end date designated.
Gov. Tim Wolf issued stay-at-home orders for Pennsylvania until April 30th.
Gov. Gina Raimondo issued an emergency declaration for Rhode Island that extended the stay-at-home order until May 8th.
Gov. Henry McMaster extended his previous “State of Emergency” executive order for South Carolina until at least April 27th.
Gov. Kristi L. Noem has not issued a stay-at-home order for South Dakota.
Gov. Bill Lee extended Tennessee’s stay-at-home order until April 30th. They plan to begin reopening the economy in May.
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all Texans to stay home until April 30th. Businesses “that will have minimal or zero impact” on the spread of the coronavirus will be the first to reopen.
Gov. Gary Herbert extended Utah’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive through May 1st. Schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Utah has not issued a stay-at-home order.
Gov. Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for Vermont that was extended until May 15th.
Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for Virginia until June 10th.
Gov. Jay Inslee extended Washington’s stay-at-home order until May 4th.
Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order for West Virginia until further notice.
Gov. Tony Evers issued a “Safer at Home” order for Wisconsin that prohibits all nonessential travel and will remain in effect until April 24th.
Gov. Mark Gordon submitted a request asking for a federal disaster declaration for Wyoming on April 9th. Wyoming does not have a stay-at-home order.
Whew…that was a lot! So weird to see how each state is different! It can be a bit confusing with all of the different terms. Hopefully we can all get back to normal soon! Stay safe!