With economies in tatters and novel coronavirus cases starting to plateau in many areas of the U.S., governors are starting to discuss ending stay-at-home orders -- many of which have been in place for over a month.
But reopening states to business is a difficult and controversial topic. Should states reopen too early, coronavirus cases may spike again, undoing the good social distancing did for weeks. Should they continue to stay closed, small businesses across the state may never recover and fiscal crises could grip many states.
President Donald Trump initially asserted his own authority to reopen states, before he later demurred and said governors would act independently with guidance from the federal government.
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Here is a look at when stay-at-home orders will be lifted across the country:
Alabama: Gov. Kay Ivey lifted Alabama's stay-at-home order April 30, allowing some businesses to reopen at 50% capacity, and allowing elective medical procedures to resume.
Alaska: Gov. Mike Dunleavy allowed nonessential businesses to reopen for regular business hours, with varying restrictions by sector, on April 24. Many travel and fishing restrictions have also been lifted.
Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey announced he state's stay-at-home order will expire May 15. Pools, gyms and spas can open on May 13. Major league sports can resume without fans on May 16.
Arkansas: Having never put an official stay-at-home order in place, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced May 4 that Arkansas movies theaters, bowling alleys, arenas and other large outdoor venues could reopen. The governor also announced that restaurants can resume limited dine-in options on May 11.
California: Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an indefinite stay-at-home order is in place, with some restrictions eased for expanded retail with curbside pickup and resumption of some manufacturing and supply chains. Three counties -- Modoc, Sutter and Yuba -- have issued orders to reopen businesses.
Colorado: The state's stay-at-home order expired on April 27, moving to a new phase named by Gov. Jared Polis as "Safer at Home." In this phase, retail businesses can do curbside pickup, other businesses can reopen with medical precautions and elective surgeries may resume. Businesses such as salons, dog groomers, personal trainers and elective medical services opened May 1. On May 4, Polis allowed offices to reopen at 50% capacity. Some counties, including Denver, have extended their stay-at-home orders until May 8.
Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont extended his state's stay-at-home order until May 20.
Delaware: Gov. John Carney extended a stay-at-home order until May 15.
District of Columbia: Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the city's stay-at-home order was extended through May 15.
Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis' allowed restaurants and stores to reopen at 25% capacity on May 4. All businesses in Florida’s most populous counties -- Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach -- remain closed.
Georgia: The state earned widespread criticism, even from the president, after Gov. Brian Kemp said businesses like gyms, hair salons and barber shops could open on April 24 with theaters and restaurants reopening on April 27.
Hawaii: Gov. David Ige extended the stay-at-home order until May 31.
Idaho: The state proceeded with its first phase of reopening -- which includes allowing religious centers and certain nonessential businesses to operate -- on May 1. The next phase, as outlined by Gov. Brad Little, begins May 16.
Illinois: While Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he will extend the state's stay-at-home order until at least May 30, he has lifted restrictions on retail stores, allowing them to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. However, Madison County officials have announced plans to reopen restaurants and retails businesses at 25% capacity beginning May 13.
Indiana: Indiana's stay-at-home order expired on May 1.
Iowa: The state has not had a stay-at-home order since April 20 and Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted the ban on nonessential surgeries beginning April 27.
Kansas: Gov. Laura Kelly announced a phased reopening the state, starting on May 4.
Kentucky: Gov. Andy Beshear's stay-at-home order is currently indefinite.
Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that the state will enter phase one of reopening on Friday, May 15. Churches, barbers, salons, gyms and other designated businesses will be able to reopen at 25% capacity.
Maine: Gov. Janet Mills has introduced the Rural Reopening Plan, under which retail stores in 12 of 16 counties opened on May 11.
Maryland: Gov. Larry Hogan's stay-at-home order is currently indefinite.
Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker closed schools and day care businesses for the rest of the academic year. Massachusetts’ stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 18.
Michigan: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the state's stay-at-home to May 28, although the state has eased some restrictions on some companies and outdoor activities.
Minnesota: While Gov. Tim Walz has allowed some agricultural and industrial employees to return to work, Minnesota’s stay-at-home order is still in effect until May 18.
Mississippi: The state's stay-at-home order expired on April 27, and Gov. Tate Reeves' "safer-at-home" order went into effect, allowing some businesses reopen.
Missouri: The state’s stay-at-home ordered expired on May 3 with Gov. Mike Parson allowing all businesses to reopen -- if following social distancing guidelines -- the next day.
Montana: The state's stay-at-home order lifted on April 24 and some businesses reopened.
Nebraska: The state does not have a stay-at-home order.
Nevada: Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that the state’s stay-at-home order will continue until May 15.
New Hampshire: While the state's original stay-at-home order ended on May 4, Gov. Chris Sununu issued a new executive order, Stay at Home 2.0, which eased some restrictions on some businesses. Elective medical procedures were allowed to resume on May 4.
New Jersey: The state's stay-at-home order is in place until further notice. Gov. Phil Murphy announced all schools in the state will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.
New Mexico: The state eased some restrictions on May 1, including allowing veterinary offices to reopen and pet services to resume. Some nonessential retailers can operate on a pickup and delivery basis, and others by appointment. Most aspects of ordinary life, like restaurants, offices, gyms, salons and mass gathering spaces are still closed. This phase of reopening ends on May 15.
New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the stay-at-home order until May 15, however he said that he will extend the "NY PAUSE" initiative in many parts of the state. He laid out metrics to guide which parts of the state will be allowed to open on May 15, with some parts of Central and Northern New York already meeting the standards.
North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper began phase one of the state's plan to reopen on May 8. During this phase, the state has allowed non-essential businesses to operate at 50% capacity.
North Dakota: While the state did not have a stay-at-home order, Gov. Doug Burgum's order for business closures ended on April 30.
Ohio: While Gov. Mike DeWine extended his state's stay-at-home order until May 29, he allowed manufacturing, distribution, construction and office work to resume with increased distancing and other health measures on May 4. On May 12, retail and other services can reopen with extra precautions in place to keep shoppers safe.
Oklahoma: Gov. Kevin Skitt began reopening the state with restrictions lifting on barber shops, nail salons, spas, elective surgeries and state parks on April 24. The governor allowed movie theaters, gyms and restaurants to reopen May 1.
Oregon: Gov. Kate Brown announced the state’s stay-at-home order on March 23, which continues to stay in effect.
Pennsylvania: While much of the state began to reopen on May 8, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that many counties are still under a stay-at-home order.
Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the state's stay-at-home order would be extended to May 8.
South Carolina: The stay-at-home order was made voluntary on May 4 and restaurants were allowed to open outdoor dining, in addition to takeout and delivery.
South Dakota: South Dakota does not have a stay-at-home order.
Tennessee: Gov. Bill Lee allowed the state's stay-at-home order to expire on April 30 and replaced it with a "safer-at-home" order -- which allows certain businesses to reopen -- lasting until May 29.
Texas: The state's stay-at-home order ended April 30. Gov. Greg Abbott allowed retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries to operate at 25% capacity on May 1.
Utah: The state does not have a stay-at-home order.
Vermont: Gov. Phil Scott extended the stay-at-home order until May 15.
Virginia: Gov. Ralph Northam extended the stay-at-home order until June 10, but many restrictions on businesses are being lifted before that date.
Washington: The state’s stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 31, but Gov. Jay Inslee has begun to already reopen parts of the state's economy.
West Virginia: Gov. Jim Justice replaced his stay-at-home order with a "safer-at-home" order on May 4. The new order encourages -- but does not require -- residents to stay at home.
Wisconsin: Gov. Tony Evers announced the state's stay-at-home order was extended to May 26.
Wyoming: Gov. Mark Gordon announced that gyms, barber shops, hair salons and other personal care services and elective surgeries could resume on May 1, as the first phase of reopening the economy.
ABC News' Ryan Shepard, Benjamin Siu, Olivia Eubanks and Jack Arnholz contributed to this report.
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