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America back in business: States opening up post US shutdown

See which states are reopening, when and how long the stay-at-home order lasted.

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Back in March our nation went on lockdown due to the coronavirus. Finder actually took a look at what state governments were the most responsive to the pandemic. We now take a look at our 50 states and their reopening process.

Countries were not uniform in how they approached closures and neither were our states. There have also been contrasts in how states are reopening. These contrasts appear to be a result of America’s governors responding to apprehensive citizens and a debilitating economy. This is occurring even with the caveat of a second wave.

States with the shortest stay at home order duration

The states of Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming did not have stay at home orders at all. The state of Oklahoma only had an order for vulnerable populations such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

States with the longest stay at home order duration

We found the top 5 states with the longest stay at home duration to be California at 79 days, New Jersey & Illinois at 77 days, New York at 76 and Washington had 75 days with 3 other states.

Alaska

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/28/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 04/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/28/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 04/24/2020

Graph representing Alaska's 7 day average COVID cases, close and open dates

Alabama

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/04/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 04/30/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/28/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 04/30/2020

Alabama 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Arizona

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/31/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/16/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/31/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Arizona 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Arkansas

  • Stay at home order start date: Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: Did not close non-essential businesses

Arkansas 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

California

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/19/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/19/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

California 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Colorado

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/26/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/9/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/26/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/9/2020

Colorado 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Connecticut

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/23/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/23/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/20/2020

Connecticut 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Delaware

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/24/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/08/2020

Delaware 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

District of Columbia

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/30/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/29/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/29/2020

District of Columbia 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Florida

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/03/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/18/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 04/03/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Florida 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Georgia

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/03/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 04/03/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Georgia 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Hawaii

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/25/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/01/2020

Hawaii 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Idaho

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/25/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/01/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/01/2020

Idaho 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Illinois

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/21/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/21/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/01/2020

Illinois 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Indiana

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/24/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/18/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Indiana 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Iowa

  • Stay at home order start date: Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/17/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/08/2020

Iowa 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Kansas

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/30/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/04/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/30/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Kansas 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Kentucky

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/26/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/26/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/11/2020

Kentucky 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Louisiana

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/23/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/15/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/23/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/01/2020

Lousiana 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Maine

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/02/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/01/2020

Maine 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Maryland

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/30/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/23/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/15/2020

Maryland 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Massachusetts

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/24/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/18/2020

Massachusetts 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Michigan

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/24/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/07/2020

Michigan 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Minnesota

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/27/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/18/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/27/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Minnesota 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Mississippi

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/03/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 04/27/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 04/03/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 04/27/2020

Mississippi 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Missouri

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/06/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/15/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: N/A
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Missouri 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Montana

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/28/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 04/26/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/28/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/01/2020

Montana 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Nebraska

  • Stay at home order start date: Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: Did not close non-essential businesses

Nebraska 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Nevada

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/01/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/09/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/20/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/09/2020

Nevada 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

New Hampshire

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/27/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/27/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/11/2020

New Hampshire 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

New Jersey

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/21/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/21/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/02/2020

New Jersey 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

New Mexico

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/24/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/15/2020

New Mexico 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

New York

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/22/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/22/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

New York 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

North Carolina

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/30/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/08/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/30/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/08/2020

North Carolina 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

North Dakota

  • Stay at home order start date: Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: Did not close non-essential businesses

North Dakota 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Ohio

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/23/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/23/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/04/2020

Ohio 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Oklahoma

  • Stay at home order start date: Order only for vulnerable populations
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 04/24/2020

Oklahoma 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Oregon

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/23/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/23/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Oregon 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Pennsylvania

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/01/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 04/01/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/08/2020

Pennsylvania 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Rhode Island

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/28/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/09/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/28/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Rhode Island 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

South Carolina

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/07/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/04/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/31/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

South Carolina 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

South Dakota

  • Stay at home order start date: Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: Did not close non-essential businesses

South Dakota 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Tennessee

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/02/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/31/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Tennessee 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Texas

  • Stay at home order start date: 04/02/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/01/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 04/02/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Texas 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Utah

  • Stay at home order start date: Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: Did not close non-essential businesses

Utah 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Vermont

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/24/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/15/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/04/2020

Vermont 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Virginia

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/30/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/15/2020

Virginia 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Washington

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/23/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Washington 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

West Virginia

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/25/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/04/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/24/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/04/2020

West Virginia 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Wisconsin

  • Stay at home order start date: 03/25/2020
  • Stay at home order end date: 05/13/2020
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: 03/25/2020
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: 05/11/2020

Wisconsin 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Wyoming

  • Stay at home order start date: Did not have a statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Stay at home order end date: ongoing
  • Non-essential businesses closed date: N/A
  • Non-essential businesses reopened date: ongoing

Wyoming 7 day moving average of covid cases, stay at home start and stay at home end dates

Methodology

Reported COVID case data was sourced from Wikipedia. Cases only include people who were tested and confirmed positive. Rolling 7 day averages were calculated using arithmetic mean over the previous 7 days.

Closure and reopening dates were sourced from both the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and was supplemented by effective dates from each state’s executive orders/proclamations.

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