Which States Are Re-Closing?

These U.S. counties and states are hitting pause on reopening as COVID-19 cases surge across the country

What states are reclosing

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases has some states rethinking their reopening plans.

Here is a list of states that are halting reopening efforts until they can get a better grasp on the outbreak.

Editor’s note: This story was last updated July 13, 2020.

List of US states re-closing

Arizona

Arizona saw nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases on June 28, which promoted Governor Doug Ducey to close bars, movie theaters, gyms, and water parks. The order went into effect June 29 and will last 30 days. Public schools were also ordered to delay the start of classes until August 17.

California

On July 13, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all counties in the state to close some indoor operations, including restaurants, bars, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and aquariums, museums, and cardrooms. The businesses will be allowed to operate outdoors.

In addition, Newsom has ordered gyms, worship services, personal care services, malls, offices, hair salons, and barbershops to close in 30 counties.

On June 18, the California Department of Health released a memo mandating people in California must wear face coverings when they are in high-risk situations, including:

  • Inside, or waiting in line to enter, any indoor public space
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Waiting in line or riding public transportation or ridesharing
  • Work
  • Where food is prepared
  • In common areas (stairs, hallways, elevators, parking facilities)
  • Any enclosed our public outdoor areas where you are unable to physically distance

Colorado

Governor Jared Polis ordered bars and nightclubs to close in-person service. The announcement was made June 30, and closures will be in effect for 30 days.

Connecticut

Governors Andrew Cuomo (New York), Phil Murphy (New Jersey), and Ned Lamont (Connecticut) announced that travelers from 16 states need to self-quarantine for 14 days if they visit the region. Those states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Florida

In an emergency order, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended “on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.” Bars can still sell alcohol in sealed, to-go containers.

Miami-Dade County will allow gyms to remain open. Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order on July 6 closing restaurants and bars.

Idaho

At least one county is rolling back its reopening. Ada County moved back to the guidelines in Idaho’s Stage 3 for COVID-19 response on June 24. This includes the closing of bars and nightclubs.

Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards said on June 25 that he is going to delay moving into Phase 3 of the reopening plan by 28 days.

Michigan

On July 1, bars reverted to takeout and outdoor drinking. Bars in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula remain open.

New Jersey

New Jersey has postponed indoor dining indefinitely.

Governors Andrew Cuomo (New York), Phil Murphy (New Jersey), and Ned Lamont (Connecticut) announced that travelers from 16 states need to self-quarantine for 14 days if they visit the region. Those states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo is reevaluating indoor dining for New York City.

Governors Andrew Cuomo (New York), Phil Murphy (New Jersey), and Ned Lamont (Connecticut) announced that travelers from 16 states need to self-quarantine for 14 days if they visit the region. Those states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

North Carolina

North Carolina has seen a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. On June 26, a North Carolina judge that bars and clubs remain closed.

Tennessee

On July 3 Nashville has reverted to 50% restaurant capacity, and Davidson County closed bars for 2 weeks.

Texas

Governor Greg Abbott said on June 26 that all bars in the state must close and restaurants need to limit capacity. Bars were allowed to reopen under the state’s second phase of reopening on May 22.

He also issued an Executive Order that suspended elective surgeries in order to free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.

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