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Trump tells Dem governors to ‘LIBERATE’ Michigan, Virginia and Minnesota

President Trump made himself the star of the ‘lockdown rebellion’ on Friday by tweeting ‘LIBERATE Minnesota’ and then adding Michigan and Virginia to the list of states that should be freed. 

The tweets came one day after the president’s coronavirus taskforce rolled out guidelines that would give governors broad power to decide when states’ economies would open back up amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

But governors, including Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, have attracted protests from constituents complaining that the stay at home orders to prevent the spread of the deadly virus have trampled on their liberty. 

President Trump did an about-face on Friday and started tweeting that states should be 'liberated' from the stay at home orders put in place by governors to keep people from spreading the coronavirus

President Trump did an about-face on Friday and started tweeting that states should be 'liberated' from the stay at home orders put in place by governors to keep people from spreading the coronavirus

President Trump did an about-face on Friday and started tweeting that states should be ‘liberated’ from the stay at home orders put in place by governors to keep people from spreading the coronavirus 

The president began by tweeting 'LIBERATE MINNESOTA!' as protesters gathered at the home of the Democratic governor Friday morning

The president began by tweeting 'LIBERATE MINNESOTA!' as protesters gathered at the home of the Democratic governor Friday morning

The president began by tweeting ‘LIBERATE MINNESOTA!’ as protesters gathered at the home of the Democratic governor Friday morning 

Then the president said that Michigan and Virginia, two more states under Democratic control, should also be liberated, adding in Virginia that the 2nd Amendment needed to be 'saved'

Then the president said that Michigan and Virginia, two more states under Democratic control, should also be liberated, adding in Virginia that the 2nd Amendment needed to be 'saved'

Then the president said that Michigan and Virginia, two more states under Democratic control, should also be liberated, adding in Virginia that the 2nd Amendment needed to be ‘saved’ 

Backlash protests against lockdown orders have been staged all over the country. In Michigan on Wednesday, protesters came out to the state capitol as part of 'Operation Gridlock'

Backlash protests against lockdown orders have been staged all over the country. In Michigan on Wednesday, protesters came out to the state capitol as part of 'Operation Gridlock'

Backlash protests against lockdown orders have been staged all over the country. In Michigan on Wednesday, protesters came out to the state capitol as part of ‘Operation Gridlock’ 

Protesters in Michigan on Wednesday brandished weapons and held up Trump/Pence flags and signs demanding an end to the lockdown

Protesters in Michigan on Wednesday brandished weapons and held up Trump/Pence flags and signs demanding an end to the lockdown

Protesters in Michigan on Wednesday brandished weapons and held up Trump/Pence flags and signs demanding an end to the lockdown 

Michiganders who protested against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were pro-Trump in nature including one that called her a 'Nazi woman'

Michiganders who protested against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were pro-Trump in nature including one that called her a 'Nazi woman'

Michiganders who protested against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were pro-Trump in nature including one that called her a ‘Nazi woman’ 

All three states that Trump singled out have Democratic governors – and are potentially swing states in the 2020 election.   

On Wednesday, thousands of protesters showed up to Michigan’s state capitol in their vehicles to demonstrate against Whitmer’s order – the strictest in the nation. 

Whitmer has banned residents from visiting their neighbors and has told large retailers to close off sections dedicated to home improvement goods.   

The protest – called ‘Operation Gridlock – was devised by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and the Michigan Freedom Fund, which is linked to the family of Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.     

It featured some of the elements of a Trump campaign rally including ‘lock her up’ chants and large Trump 2020 flags. Some protesters also brought Confederate flags, despite Michigan being part of the Union during the Civil War. 

‘We are all on the same team when it comes to defeating COVID-19. Right now the governor is focused on saving lives and protecting Michigan families,’ a spokesperson for Whitmer said, responding to the president’s tweet.

‘As the governor has said, we’re not going to reopen Michigan’s economy via tweet,’ the spokesperson added. 

On Thursday, protesters gathered outside the home of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, to protest his stay at home order

On Thursday, protesters gathered outside the home of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, to protest his stay at home order

On Thursday, protesters gathered outside the home of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, to protest his stay at home order 

On Friday, crowds gathered outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's official residence again, to protest having to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic

On Friday, crowds gathered outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's official residence again, to protest having to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic

On Friday, crowds gathered outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s official residence again, to protest having to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic  

A number of protesters flew pro-Trump flags Friday outside the Minnesota governor's home as they encouraged the Democrat to 'open Minnesota now!'

A number of protesters flew pro-Trump flags Friday outside the Minnesota governor's home as they encouraged the Democrat to 'open Minnesota now!'

A number of protesters flew pro-Trump flags Friday outside the Minnesota governor’s home as they encouraged the Democrat to ‘open Minnesota now!’ 

Signs are posted at the gate outside of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's official residence on Friday in St. Paul

Signs are posted at the gate outside of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's official residence on Friday in St. Paul

Signs are posted at the gate outside of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s official residence on Friday in St. Paul 

The crowd in Minnesota did not practice proper social distancing nor did protesters sport masks, which could potentially curb the spread of the virus

The crowd in Minnesota did not practice proper social distancing nor did protesters sport masks, which could potentially curb the spread of the virus

The crowd in Minnesota did not practice proper social distancing nor did protesters sport masks, which could potentially curb the spread of the virus 

Whitmer did say Friday morning, however, that she hoped she would be able to open a part of the Michigan economy by May 1 – the day that Trump has been touting, as it marks the expiration of the ’30 Days to Slow the Spread’ federal guidelines. 

‘I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1st, but it’s two weeks away, and the information, the data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly,’ she said. 

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Whitmer was asked if the president’s tweet were encouraging protesters. 

‘I hope that it’s not encouraging more protests,’ she told reporters. 

She commiserated with the underlying concerns. ‘People are feeling very anxious, you know?’  

‘The last thing I want to do is have a second wave here, so we’ve got to be really smart,’ she said. 

She also responded to another planned protest, which is supposed to take place next Wednesday. 

‘I totally respect people’s right to dissent and voice their disagreement with decisions I’ve made,’ she said. ‘If people are going to come to town I ask them that they do so that keeps themselves safe and others as well.’  

And on Thursday and Friday, protesters showed up outside the residence of Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, saying they, too, wanted to get back to work – despite widespread COVID-19 testing not being available yet. 

Walz did ease some of his state’s restriction on Friday pertaining to outdoor activities. 

Minnesota residents would now be allowed to golf, boat, fish, hunt and hike as long as proper social distancing was practiced. 

‘It’s important for us to stay active and enjoy the outdoors while preventing the spread of COVID-19,’ Walz said, according to KEYC News. ‘This measure will allow Minnesotans to take advantage of more opportunities to get outside, while still doing their part to keep their neighbors healthy.’

Medical professionals have advised Americans to stay at home so the country can ‘flatten the curve’ – basically slow the spread of the disease so that medical facilities don’t get overhwhelmed. 

Friday’s tweets come as a surprise because on Thursday when Trump was asked what his message to the demonstrators was, he declined to jump in the fray.   

‘It’s been a tough process for people,’ Trump said. 

‘And I watched, in one particular state, where they were – they want to get back. They want to get back. There were very strict sanctions that were put on people, that was probably the most strict of all,’ the president added, a likely reference to Michigan.

A reporter then asked if the president would urge those protesters to listen to their local authorities. 

‘I think they’re listening. I think they listen to me,’ the president said. ‘They seem to be protesters that like me and respect this opinion. And my opinion is the same as just about all the governors,’ the president said.     

But Democratic governors, including Virginia’s Ralph Northam, have been extending business closures. 

Arlen Penfield of Goochland, Virginia holds up a sign demanding that Virginia be reopened in a protest Thursday in Richmond

Arlen Penfield of Goochland, Virginia holds up a sign demanding that Virginia be reopened in a protest Thursday in Richmond

Arlen Penfield of Goochland, Virginia holds up a sign demanding that Virginia be reopened in a protest Thursday in Richmond 

Protesters showed up to the Virginia state capitol on Thursday to demonstrate against Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam stay at home order

Protesters showed up to the Virginia state capitol on Thursday to demonstrate against Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam stay at home order

Protesters showed up to the Virginia state capitol on Thursday to demonstrate against Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam stay at home order 

On Wednesday Northam announced that entertainment businesses in the commonwealth, including movie theaters and gyms, would remain closed through May 8. 

Previously that policy was set to expire on April 23.  

In his tweet directed at Virginia, Trump also advised residents to ‘save your great 2nd Amendment.’ 

‘It is under siege!’ Trump said. 

A week ago, Northam signed a new gun control bill into law. 

Northam was asked about the president’s tweet at a Friday afternoon press conference.  

‘I would just simply say that as the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia I, along with this staff, is fighting a biological war,’ the Virginia Democrat said. ‘I do not have time to involve myself in Twitter wars.’ 

‘I will continue to make sure that I do everything that I can to keep Virginians safe and to save lives,’ Northam added. 

Conservative pundits and Republican governors have been the ones pushing for Americans to get back to work – fearing that the economic destruction caused by people staying at home is worse than the wrath of the virus, which has so far killed a confirmed 38,846 Americans. 

States with Republican governors were the last to put stay at home orders in place and there are still some hold-outs, including South Dakota where GOP Gov. Kristi Noem said Americans were giving up their ‘liberties for a little bit of security.’   

Infections in South Dakota have tripled in one week. 

‘I believe that South Dakotans can make the best decisions to keep themselves and their loved-ones safe,’ Noem tweeted Thursday. 

Noem said that the state’s biggest outbreak, in a Smithfield Foods pork processing plant, would have happened even if she would have put a lockdown order in place.  

‘What they are neglecting to tell folks is that this processing plant is critical infrastructure. Regardless of a shelter-in-place order or not, it would have been up and running because it’s an important part of our nation’s food supply,’ Noem said. 

States including Utah, North Carolina and Ohio also saw demonstrations this week, and more are planned for the coming days, including in Oregon, Idaho and Texas.

The US states with tentative re-opening dates: Alabama, Idaho, Ohio and Michigan have plans to lift restrictions on May 1 – a day after Trump outlined guidelines and hard-hit places like New York extended lockdowns until May 15

A handful of US states already have tentative dates to open up again following coronavirus-related lockdowns as President Donald Trump outlined guidelines for a phased reopening of the devastated US economy. 

Alabama, Idaho, Ohio and Michigan have all expressed plans to reopen in some form by May 1, while Colorado has indicted April 26 and Oklahoma says April 30 for possible dates to kick start parts of their economies again.  

Several others, like Texas and Florida, are expected on Friday to announce updated timetables for lifting restrictions just one day after Trump’s announcement. 

Meanwhile, states like hard-hit New York had already committed to extending lockdown measures into at least mid-May prior to Trump unveiling his three-stage guidelines. 

About 95 percent of the country currently remains on some form of lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

There are varying degrees of stay-at-home orders in those states with the most extreme shutting down all non-essential businesses and urging people to remain indoors unless absolutely necessary. 

Seven states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming – still have no stay-at-home orders in place for its residents. 

Despite no stay-at-home orders in those seven states, some have closed down schools and some non-essential businesses amid the pandemic. They too are looking to start reopening the state economies. 

Ohio’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday his state was planning to reopen some businesses on May 1. 

‘We must get Ohio’s economy moving again. We must get people back to work,’ DeWine said during his coronavirus briefing.

The governor said he had put together an economic advisory board, which is made up of small and big business CEOs, as part of the plan to start reopening.  

In re-opening any business, DeWine said it was essential to provide a safe working environment to avoid a spike in coronavirus cases.

‘During the stay at home time, the companies that were allowed to continue have learned a lot and we’ve seen them put in place some very, very stringent measures. In a sense, this has been a trial period where we can see some of the things that work,’ he said.

He said the advisory board was currently working on the plan, saying: ‘We’ve got a lot more work to do between now and May 1 because we want to get this right.’

DeWine did, however, warn that life would not resume as normal for some period of time: ‘I am an optimist and am confident that Ohioans will also live up to the challenge of doing things differently as we open back up beginning on May 1.’  

Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Ohio's Republican Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio's Republican Governor Mike DeWine

Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Ohio’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine have both flagged the possibility of partly re-opening their respective states by May 1 

Trump on Thursday gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out 'a phased and deliberate approach' to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Trump on Thursday gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out 'a phased and deliberate approach' to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Trump on Thursday gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out ‘a phased and deliberate approach’ to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Friday she hoped to begin re-engaging parts of the economy on May 1. 

Her state has faced one of the fastest growing infection rates but some residents have taken to the streets in protest over the strict lockdown and their inability to return to work.  

‘I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1 but it’s two weeks away, and the information, the data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly,’ she said in an interview with GMA. ‘It’s hard to tell you precisely where we’ll be one week from now, let alone two weeks from now.’

It comes after four sheriffs issued a joint statement saying that while they would spread public health messages about hand-washing and social distancing, they would not strictly enforce Whitmer’s stay-at-home policy because people needed to get back to normal life. 

Mississippi’s Republican Governor Tate Reeves said he would extend by a week a stay-at-home order that was set to expire on Monday while easing some restrictions early next week. 

In Utah, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox told CNN that parts of the state economy may reopen cautiously in the next couple of weeks. 

In Texas and Florida, Republican governors were expected on Friday to outline plans for a gradual reopening of their states with both of the stay-at-home guidelines set to expire on April 30. 

The governors of states in various parts of the country have already agreed to work together to coordinate reopening their states. 

Seven Midwestern governors announced on Thursday they would coordinate after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast.  The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky. 

The West Coast pact includes: Washington, Oregon and California and the Northeast includes: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

It comes as Trump gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out ‘a phased and deliberate approach’ to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.  

The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in harder-hit locations. They make clear that the return to normalcy will be a far longer process than Trump initially envisioned, with federal officials warning that some social distancing measures may need to remain in place through the end of the year to prevent a new outbreak. 

Guidelines largely reinforce plans already in the works by governors who have primary responsibility for public health in their states. 

The United States has seen the highest death toll of any country in the pandemic, and public health officials have warned that a premature easing of social distancing orders could exacerbate it.

The political wrangling over the COVID-19 crisis has begun to take on familiar partisan battle lines. Democratic strongholds in dense urban centers such as Seattle and Detroit have been hard hit by the virus, while more Republican-leaning rural communities are struggling with the shuttered economy but have seen fewer cases. 

Increasingly, Republican state lawmakers, including some in Texas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, have begun putting pressure on governors to reopen businesses. Pennsylvania’s Republican-led legislature passed a bill that would loosen restrictions, which Democratic Governor Tom Wolf was expected to veto.     

STATE-WIDE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS

Alabama  

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Non-essential businesses closed to the public
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 

Alaska 

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses are limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 
  • Travelers from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 

Arizona 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses are limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 

Arkansas 

  • No state-wide stay-at-home order 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings – doesn’t apply to unenclosed outdoor spaces or places of worship
  • Gym and entertainment venues closed, hotels and vacation rentals restricted to authorized guests
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 

California

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order 
  • Gatherings in a single room or place prohibited
  • Nonessential businesses are limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only
A sign promoting awareness of COVID-19 hangs over a road in Ketchum, Idaho

A sign promoting awareness of COVID-19 hangs over a road in Ketchum, Idaho

A sign promoting awareness of COVID-19 hangs over a road in Ketchum, Idaho

Colorado 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 26
  • Public and private gatherings of any number prohibited with limited exceptions
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  • Restaurants and bars limited to takeout only

Connecticut 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 20 
  • Five person limit on social gatherings, 50-person limit for religious services 
  • Non-essential businesses must suspend all in-person operations
  • Out-of-state visitors strongly urged to self-quarantine
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Delaware 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 15 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state who aren’t just passing through must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Florida 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • No social gatherings public spaces – with religious exemptions
  • Nonessential services closed to the public – but gun stores remain open
  • Visitors from COVID-19 hot spots such as New York must self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Georgia

  • Shelter-in-place order until April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Hawaii

  • Stay-at-home order at least through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Idaho

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • Non-essential gatherings prohibited 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Illinois

  • Stay-at-home order through at least April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
Golfers practice social distancing at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia

Golfers practice social distancing at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia

Golfers practice social distancing at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia

Indiana

  • Stay-at-home order through April 20, but likely to be extended 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Iowa

  • No stay-at-home order 
  • Nonessential businesses ordered to close until April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Kansas

  • Stay-at-home order until May 3 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings – exempting funerals and religious services with social distancing
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Residents who traveled to California, Florida, New York or Washington state after March 14, or visited Illinois or New Jersey after March 22, must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Kentucky 

  • No stay-at-home order 
  • Mass gatherings prohibited, smaller gatherings allowed with social distancing 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Louisiana 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
A customer wears a face mask while picking up food at the Municipal Fish Market in DC

A customer wears a face mask while picking up food at the Municipal Fish Market in DC

A customer wears a face mask while picking up food at the Municipal Fish Market in DC

Maine

  • ‘Stay healthy at home’ executive order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Maryland 

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Massachusetts

  • Non-essential businesses closed through May 4 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings 
  • Visitors from out of state advised to self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Michigan 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • Public gatherings prohibited – with religious exemptions  
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Minnesota 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 3
  • Entertainment and performance venues closed 
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only 

Mississippi 

  • Stay at home order through April 20
  • Schools closed through the end of the semester
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Missouri

  • ‘Stay Home Missouri’ order through April 24
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses must enforce social distancing  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Montana

  • Stay-at-home order through April 24
  • Nonessential social and recreational gatherings prohibited  
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Nebraska

  • No stay-at-home order
  • Hair salons, tattoo parlors and strip clubs closed through May 31 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Nevada

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30.
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Recreational, entertainment and personal-care businesses closed, including casinos  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New Hampshire

  • Stay-at-home order through May 4 
  • Nine person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New Jersey

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential retail businesses must close bricks-and-mortar premises. Recreational and entertainment businesses also closed  
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New Mexico

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30  
  • Five person limit on gatherings in a single room
  • Nonessential businesses must suspend all in-person operations 
  • Arriving air travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

New York 

  • Stay-at-home order through May 15
  • Nonessential gatherings prohibited   
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
  • Masks must be worn in situations where social distancing is not possible 

North Carolina

  • Stay-at-home order through April 29
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

North Dakota

  • No stay-at-home order
  • Schools, restaurants, fitness centers, movie theaters and salons closed
  • No state-wide directive on gatherings  
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Ohio

  • Stay-at-home order through May 1
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Oklahoma

  • ‘Safer at Home’ order until April 30 for people over the age of 65 and other vulnerable residents
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses must suspend services 
  • Visitors arriving from New York, California, Louisiana and Washington must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Oregon

  •  Indefinite stay-at-home order
  • 25 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Pennsylvania 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • Gatherings prohibited 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Rhode Island

  • Stay-at-home order through May 8 
  • Five person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only
A couple in protective masks walk through Central Park in New York City

A couple in protective masks walk through Central Park in New York City

A couple in protective masks walk through Central Park in New York City

South Carolina

  • ‘State of Emergency’ executive order extended through at least April 27 
  • Three person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

South Dakota

  • No stay-at-home order
  • Unnecessary gatherings of 10 or more prohibited

Tennessee 

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Texas

  • Stay-at-home order through April 30 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Air travelers flying to Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana or Washington – or Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami – must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Utah

  • No stay-at-home order
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Businesses must minimize face-to-face contact with high-risk employees  
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Vermont

  • Stay-at-home order through May 15
  • 10 person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Virginia

  • Stay-at-home order through June 10
  • Recreation and entertainment businesses closed through May 8 
  • 10 person limit on gatherings 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Washington

  • Stay-at-home order through May 4
  • All gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are prohibited 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

West Virginia

  • Indefinite stay-at-home order
  • Five-person limit on gatherings
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Visitors from coronavirus hotspots must self-quarantine for 14 days 
  •  Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only

Wisconsin

  • ‘Safer at Home’ order prohibits all nonessential travel until May 26 
  • All public and private gatherings are prohibited with limited exceptions. 
  • Nonessential businesses limited to minimum operations or remote work
  • Self-quarantine recommended for out-of-state visitors 
  • Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only 

Wyoming 

  • No stay-at-home order – but social distancing restrictions through April 30
  • 10 person limit on gatherings in a confined space
  • Restaurants and bars limited to take-out only 
  • Anyone entering the state except for essential work must quarantine for 14 days

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