UPDATED: Opening America: State-by-state guide to coronavirus reopening

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This post was updated 8/07/2020.

As of Aug. 07, all U.S. states are in some phase of reopening … some quickly, some very slowly. It runs the gamut from wide-open states like South Dakota to mostly off-limits states like Hawaii. Unfortunately, some states have had to slow or even reverse re-opening due to new surges of infections.

Here’s a look at where states are on the reopening curve to help you decide how to plan the rest of 2020’s travel possibilities.

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This guide is current as of the time of publication, and we will keep information regularly updated as the situation progresses.

And if you missed it, here’s our country-by-country guide to reopenings and our new Africa country-by-country guide.

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    Alabama to Guam


    Everything is open in Alabama and anyone can visit, however, the state is seeing a surge of new infections. In fact, some states are requiring visitors from Alabama to quarantine.

    A “Safe at home” order was in effect until July 31. However, the big change is that the state is now requiring masks in public when interacting within six feet with people of another household. The change was driven by a recent uptick in new coronavirus cases announced by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

    The state still asks people to stay home if they can, but now allows gatherings of groups of 10 or more at places like churches and restaurants as long as some social distancing occurs. Gyms, barber shops, sporting venues and nail salons are open. Retail stores (with 50% capacity) and beaches have also reopened. All hotels, spas and resorts are in the process of reopening. Golf courses are open.

    Alabama has reported more than 76,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,400 deaths.


    As of July 17, visitors and returning residents could get out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine by providing negative COVID-19 test results that were taken within 72 hours of departure.

    Related: How to visit Alaska during coronavirus

    In order to comply, you must get tested within 72 hours of departure and then submit test results to the Alaska Travel Portal (not live yet). For those who have been tested within 72 hours and are awaiting results, you must quarantine until results come back. If you do not get a test before departure, tests are available on arrival for $250. Again, you will need to quarantine until the results come back.

    Note that children under the age of two are exempt from these requirements. Additionally, all testing must be the PCR (nasal swab) test. Antibody/serology or rapid tests will not be accepted.

    All visitors and returning residents will be required to complete this health declaration form.

    Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy eased all other restrictions on the state saying, “It’s time to get Alaska back on its feet … It will all be open just like it was prior to the virus.” All businesses including bars, gyms, churches, libraries and museums are allowed to reopen.

    Lodging and overnight camping facilities are in the process of reopening. Some communities are still not welcoming any outsiders … even fellow Alaskans.

    Anchorage has put forth its own policies, which are largely compatible with the state’s policies overall. A critical distinction that the city has put forth, however, is that travelers must “inform their hotel, rental lodging host, and/or roommates of their quarantine status or whether they are required to minimize in-person interactions.”

    Alaska has had 2,746 COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths.


    Phoenix July 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson)
    Phoenix, July 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson)

    Arizona’s stay-at-home order expired on May 15 and the state has now started to gradually reopen. Gyms, retail stores and outdoor recreation facilities like public swimming pools were allowed to reopen, but those orders have now been reversed as a massive surge in new cases has bloomed across the state.

    There have been increasing questions of whether the reopening started too soon, with the state seeing a spike in new cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations.

    As of July 25, Arizona had more than 156,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths.

    A spokesman for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey told the Daily Beast he has taken a number of steps to slow the spread of the virus, including prohibiting large gatherings and pausing the operations of gyms, bars, nightclubs, waterparks, and tubing establishments.

    The increase in cases led to the governor limiting the amount of diners allowed inside a restaurant.

    Most hotels and resorts in the state have reopened with new social-distancing and cleaning measures. Home sharing is allowed.

    Face masks are not required state-wide, but the governor claims 90% of local governments have required them. However, masks are required for those traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) or Tucson International Airport. There is no quarantine requirement, but some states require visitors from Arizona to quarantine.


    On July 16, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson ordered everyone to wear face masks in public as coronavirus cases continue to surge. As of July 25 the state had more than 37,000 cases and nearly 400 deaths.

    Arkansas began a phased reopening on May 6 starting with the reopening of salons and implemented Phase Two of its reopening on June 15. However, Gov. Hutchinson never officially announced a statewide stay-at-home order.

    Under its initial phase, Arkansas was essentially open but businesses were to follow new safety procedures, such as limiting capacity and providing the proper PPE for employees. The main things left to reopen were public recreation areas like beaches and playgrounds, which reopened on May 22 and stand-alone bars, which reopened on May 26. The second phase essentially allows the increase of capacity for most businesses like restaurants, bars and casinos.

    Hotels and resorts are open. Home sharing is fine. All parks and pools are also open. Golf courses are open.

    There is no quarantine, but visitors to Arkansas may face quarantine when they arrive home to states like New York.


    San Francisco March 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    San Francisco, March 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    California locked down early in the coronavirus epidemic after it got a cluster of cases in February. It was the first state to order a mandatory stay-at-home order, but was moving into stage three and was slowly beginning to loosen the restrictions on a county-by-county basis.

    However on Monday July 13, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a reversal on the reopening.

    He’s now again banned indoor dining for restaurants. Bars are being shut down again, and wineries, zoos, card rooms and other businesses where crowds gather are closed.

    Concerts, conventions and sports with a live crowd are not permitted in the state.

    In 30 counties, fitness centers, churches, offices and hair salons are shut down as well.

    Hotels are beginning to reopen, but that could change if infections continue to spike.

    The hotels that are reopening are seeing major changes, including social distancing and frequent disinfecting, and many of the restaurants have reopened with some modifications.

    Some areas cracked down on illegal visitors and home shares at the height of the crisis. South Lake Tahoe gave out $1,000 citations to people violating the stay-at-home orders (which have been lifted). Homeowners or hotel operators who illegally rent to visitors (or the visitors themselves) can get slapped with substantial fines.

    Home sharing is not banned outright, but some counties have forbidden it.

    Related: Best beaches in California

    Some California beaches have reopened and state parks and campgrounds are in the process of reopening, but counties have made adjustments to certain rules and have placed limits on the numbers allowed to congregate. For example, in Los Angeles County – where the Santa Monica Pier is located – beach access including walkways and piers are still shut down.

    The state has had more than 440,000 cases and more than 8,300 deaths.


    Colorado’s stay-at-home order expired on April 26. While staying at home is no longer mandated, the state is still advising that residents stay at home with a “Safer at Home” request that was first released on June 1.

    Many non-critical businesses have since been allowed to reopen under new restrictions like select offices, hair and nail salons and some public recreational areas. Restaurants have been allowed to reopen, with restrictions to capacity for indoor dining at 50%. The state government has been emphasizing outdoor dining as alternatives. Retailers are open for curbside pickup and at 50% capacity.

    Most businesses began reopening, but after new surges of infections in neighboring states, Democratic Gov, Jared Polis extended that safer at home order and closed down bars. Some counties will be allowed to reopen bars later this month.

    Polis is urging visitors to Colorado to be responsible and wear a face mask, follow health guidelines and maintain good hygiene. In fact on July 17, he mandated masks be worn in public via executive order. He called people who don’t wear masks, “selfish bastards.”

    Related: New shortest airline route

    Most state parks and campgrounds have opened.

    The states has had more than 43,000 cases and 1,791 deaths.


    Old Lyme, Connecticut August 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Old Lyme, Connecticut, August 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Connecticut’s stay-at-home order expired on May 20, but a new surge of infections has delayed the state’s reopening.

    Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont paused the third phase of a four-phase reopening plan outlined in its “Reopen Connecticut” plan on July 17.

    Lamont says Connecticut never opened restaurants to more than 50% capacity. The state will still allow 25-person gatherings inside and 100 people outside.

    Lamont declared that anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state with a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within the identified state.

    In addition, anyone entering from one of 31 identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival online at ct.gov/travelform.

    As of July 25, 2020, those states were:

    • Alaska
    • Alabama
    • Arkansas
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Delaware
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Iowa
    • Idaho
    • Indiana
    • Kansas
    • Louisiana
    • Maryland
    • Missouri
    • Mississippi
    • Montana
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Nebraska
    • New Mexico
    • Nevada
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin

    Retail stores and restaurants with outdoor seating are open, and indoor dining has resumed with limits to capacity of no more than 50%. Beaches are open.

    Museums and zoos are open, if they have outdoor space. Indoor capacity is limited to 50%. Hotels, gyms and other indoor recreation sites are now allowed to reopen if certain benchmarks are met.

    Salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen as well under certain guidelines. Campgrounds reopened on July 8.

    Connecticut has had more than 47,500 cases and 4,371 deaths.


    Delaware’s stay-at-home order expired on May 31, and is progressing through reopening. The state implemented Phase 3 of the state’s reopening on July 24.

    Current policies allow most establishments to increase their indoor capacity to a maximum of 60%. Restaurants, casinos, malls and hotels are included in this rule. Outdoor gatherings in parks and recreation facilities are limited to 250 people. The new policies also allow convention centers and meeting facilities to reopen. Masks are still required in public places.

    Delaware had required a 14-day quarantine for most out-of-state visitors, but that rule expired on June 1. The state has had more than 14,000 cases and about 578 deaths.


    Miami, January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Florida has become the new epicenter for the virus as the state pulled back restrictions. One in every 100 citizens has the virus and roughly 8,766 people are being diagnosed each day.

    Florida is currently in phase two of its reopening plan, except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says he has no plans to move to phase three at this time. People 65 years old and older and those with underlying health issues are still being urged to stay home. Many businesses — including restaurants, gyms, retail stores and museums — have been allowed to reopen at 50% capacity. Most bars can operate with seated service and movie theaters must limit their capacity at 50% as well. Theme parks can reopen as long as a plan is submitted and approved by their local governments.

    Related: 7 ways Universal Orlando has changed after reopening

    Many beaches are now open, with a list of all the reopenings at the bottom of this VisitFlorida page. The Florida Keys and beaches in the Miami region have opened — with some restrictions still in place for those in Broward County. State parks have reopened as well, with a list of openings at this Florida State Parks page. Disney World also reopened on July 11 with limited capacity and some operational changes. Orange County, Disney World’s primary residence, had 16,000 cases on opening day.

    Related: Disney World’s opening day

    Out-of-state visitors and Florida residents looking for an in-state getaway should note that Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended his prohibition on vacation rentals through sites such as Airbnb. However, as of May 18, county administrators may request written approval to allow these and other rental properties to operate.

    Related: 13 of the best beaches in Florida

    Recent increase in coronavirus cases in South Florida are prompting local officials to consider halting reopening measures. Florida overall has had more than 400,000 cases and 5,652 deaths, with Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties accounting for more than half of the confirmed cases.

    As of Aug. 5, people coming from Florida to states like New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will no longer face mandatory 14-day quarantine.


    Atlanta November 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Atlanta, November 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Georgia has made global headlines for its lack of regulation in response to the pandemic. The state’s shelter-in-place order expired on April 30 and the state is now in phase two. Businesses including restaurants were allowed to reopen as early as April 24, though it was widely reported that not all businesses opened just because they could.

    Almost everything in Georgia has been allowed to reopen, including hotels, gyms, restaurants and tourist attractions. Golf courses are open as well. However, due to a recent spike in cases Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms — herself a victim of COVID-19 –has ordered the city back to Phase one. Republican Gov.Brian Kemp has countered that order and has said businesses can remain open.

    On July 21, Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey unveiled the  “Four Things for Four Weeks” plan, what residents can incorporate into their daily routines to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19:

    • Wear a mask when out in public or when you cannot keep distance inside.
    • Practice physical distancing – six feet from those you don’t live with.
    • Wash your hands for 20 seconds several times throughout the day with soap and warm water.
    • Follow the governor’s Executive Order and heed the guidance provided by public health officials.

    However, Kemp says he will not require the wearing of masks despite the state becoming a new epicenter. He’s even suing to stop the Atlanta mayor’s mask mandate.

    Georgia has 148,000 coronavirus cases and 3,368 deaths.


    This Pacific Ocean territory has simple guidelines that were in effect through June 18: All incoming travelers, whether by land or sea, must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government facility at their own expense before proceeding to their final destination. Transiting travelers will be permitted to pass through Guam as long as they do not leave the airport.

    The Guam government is currently considering offering coronavirus PCR tests at the airport as alternative measures to the current quarantine orders.

    The island territory is currently under the second phase of its reopening plans. The governor has allowed restaurants, hotels and bars to reopen subject to coronavirus-related guidelines. Parks and beaches have reopened as well, with limits on gatherings or congregations. Guam had been hoping to enter into its third phase of its reopening by July, which would entail relaxing its border rules to allow tourists to come back. But a recent uptick in cases has that phase delayed “indefinitely.”

    The island has had 1,303 cases and six deaths.

    Hawaii to Maryland


    Maui, Hawaii February 2020. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Maui, Hawaii February 2020. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Hawaii has had among the strictest of all the state policies on visitors. The Aloha state has pulled up the red carpet. It still has a mandatory quarantine order in place for anyone coming in from out of state. There was a plan to allow U.S. travelers to not quarantine if they tested negative, although the governor has recently pushed the start day back to September 1.

    On Aug. 6, Governor Ige announced that beginning Aug. 11, the state is bringing back mandatory 14-day quarantines for inter-island travel. While the initial announcement indicated this would apply to all inter-island travel, the official order only impacts those traveling from Oahu to Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao counties.

    Related: Hawaii to stay closed through end of July

    There have been 1,597 cases and 25 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Hawaii.

    Hawaii entered phase one of its reopening plan on May 7, allowing residents to leave their homes and some businesses to reopen though restrictions vary by county.

    Democratic Gov. David Ige said, “This is the stabilization phase … It allows for the reduction in restrictions for businesses classified as low-risk from a health perspective. An important consideration was the ability of the businesses to keep both employees and customers safe, and their ability to follow social-distancing guidelines.”

    On March 26, he issued emergency rules to safeguard Hawaii from the threat of the novel coronavirus. Part of the order included the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for anyone arriving on the island or traveling inter-island with the exception of individuals “performing critical infrastructure functions.”

    Violators face a $5,000 fine or jail time of up to one year.

    Some hotels have reopened. Restaurants and cafes have reopened in early June, but local reports noted that customers have been charged “service fees.” Golf courses have reopened. Beaches are only open for exercise, fishing and food gathering.


    Idaho’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30 and the state is currently in stage four, except for Ada County, which is in phase three of its “Idaho Rebound” reopening plan. This allowed for businesses such as bars and nightclubs to operate with limited capacity.

    Under stage four all businesses were allowed to reopen. Some sectors like nightclubs have limited occupancy as the virus is monitored. Idaho had a 14-day quarantine in place, but that has been lifted. Instead, state officials are asking people from out-of-state to “self-quarantine.”

    Idaho has had 17,920 cases of coronavirus and 150 deaths.


    Chicago August 2014. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Chicago, August 2014. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    The stay-at-home order in Illinois was set to expire on May 29, but the state had already begun its phased reopening. Currently, Illinois is in phase four of a five-phase plan, though details vary by region.

    On July 17, Cook County followed Chicago’s lead and ordered visitors coming from 15 states to quarantine for 14-days. Those states are seeing spikes in the coronavirus outbreak and include Arizona, Florida and Texas.

    On July 15, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced a new COVID-19 mitigation plan focused on combating a resurgence of cases in the state. The resurgence plan includes a robust testing operation, expanded tracing operations with 1,450 contact tracers, and a growing stockpile of personal protective equipment.

    On May 1, state parks were allowed to reopen and some other recreational activity was allowed to resume. Retail stores are currently open with 50% capacity limits. Movie theaters and personal care services have opened with guidelines.

    Bars and restaurants are now open for indoor services with groups of 10 or less. Tables must be 6 feet apart and capacity is limited. Hotels are open with new restrictions.

    In all, Illinois has reported 172,000 confirmed cases and 7,593 deaths.


    Indianapolis August 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Indianapolis, August 2018. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Indiana began its phased reopening on May 4 and was currently in stage 4.5 as of July 17. Moving to the next phase was delayed until the end of July. However, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order on July 24 requiring the wearing of face masks in public spaces from July 27 through Aug. 26.

    The state implemented Stage 4.5 on July 3, set to expire on July 31. For gatherings and events larger than 250, organizers would be required to submit a written plan to their local health department for approval, including steps being taken to  mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

    Updated state guidelines allow for restaurants to operate at 75% capacity. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, and most other recreational sites are allowed to open at 50% capacity. Retailers and shopping malls can open at full capacity. Casinos, hotels and golf courses are open.

    Indiana has reported 63,030 cases and 2,895 deaths.


    A statewide stay-at-home order was never issued in Iowa, but there were some restrictions that Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds started to lift on May 1.

    On June 10, the state government relaxed all restrictions regarding capacity limits for Iowan establishments and is allowing them to operate only with social-distancing measures in effect. This includes restaurants, bars, casinos, racetracks, malls and others. Vulnerable citizens are still encouraged to limit outdoor activities and to limit interactions.

    The state is still under a public health disaster emergency after the governor signed an executive order on July 24 extending it through Aug. 23.

    Iowa has reported 41,886 cases and 826 deaths.


    Kansas’ stay-at-home order expired on May 3 and the state began its phased reopening the following day. The reopening plan is not a statewide mandate, and local municipalities may have community-specific guidance.

    Phase three began June 8. It allows for gatherings of 45 people or fewer. All activities, venues and establishments are allowed to operate so long as they follow public health guidelines. Nonessential travel may resume, but the state is currently mandating a 14-day quarantine for anyone who is coming from Arizona, Florida, cruise ship or river cruise passengers, international travel to Bahrain or French Guiana and countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, including China, Iran, the European Schengen area, the UK, Ireland and Brazil.

    On July 2, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order requiring the use of face masks in public spaces, effective July 3.

    The state has 25,464 cases and 333 deaths.


    Kentucky began its gradual reopening on May 11. Currently, a number of businesses have reopened with new protocols in place. On May 22 restaurant dining rooms were allowed to reopen with new restrictions, including reduced capacity of 33%.

    On May 25 social gatherings of 10 people or more, salons and similar businesses were also allowed to reopen. Starting on June 29, bars could reopen and groups of 50 people or less will be allowed.

    Kentucky’s travel ban is no longer in effect. Hotels and golf courses are open.

    On July 17, the Kentucky Supreme Court kept Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s mandatory mask order in place. And on July 20, the Kentucky Department of Public Health issued a travel advisory recommending a 14-day self-quarantine for those who traveled to Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas – that were reporting a positive coronavirus testing rate equal to or greater than 15%. The advisory also included Mississippi, which was quickly approaching a positive testing rate of 15%, and Puerto Rico.

    ​The governor also announced a new order that pulls back on guidance covering social, non-commercial mass gatherings dropping from gatherings of 50 or fewer people to 10 or fewer people. However, the guidance does not apply to weddings, restaurants, retail or other public venues.

    Kentucky has had 27,396 cases and 717 deaths.


    New Orleans March 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    New Orleans, March 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Louisiana has been among the hardest-hit states, with 104,000 cases and 3,715 deaths.

    Louisiana’s stay-at-home order expired on May 15 and most of the state entered phase two of its reopening plan. This means that businesses such as restaurants, shopping malls, gyms, salons and movie theaters can open at 50% capacity and under additional sanitation and spacing guidelines. Bars can only reopen with a food permit.

    Amusement parks, water parks, arcades and other similar businesses are not yet permitted to open. Indoor live entertainment is not allowed either. Hotels are open, but out-of-state visitors are still asked to stay away for now.

    However, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards delayed the implementation of a phase three reopening, blaming a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases.


    The state that calls itself “Vacationland” has faced a serious challenge during the COVID-19 outbreak: how to maintain its visitor-friendly stance while also keeping the virus out of the state.

    In many cases, Maine has chosen to prioritize the latter over the former, enacting some of the strictest guidelines for out-of-state visitors in the U.S. These rules have been controversial, especially because they apply to the many out-of-state residents who own second homes on Maine’s beaches and lakefronts.

    If you’re visiting in the coming months, here’s what you can expect:

    • On April 3, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced that visitors entering the state were required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and that violators could be subject to a $1,000 fine or a year in jail. This can be avoiding by bringing a recent negative COVID-19 test. Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents are exempt from quarantine or testing as they have comparable rates of infection.
    • There is some flexibility in the quarantine requirements as travelers can quarantine at a campground for the duration of their stay as long as they have their own facilities. They also won’t be allowed to visit ant restaurants, businesses, or shared public facilities and spaces.
    • As of June 26, all visitors were required to submit a Certificate of Compliance to their hotel or rental location that will be kept on file for 30 days. As visitors travel throughout Maine they may be asked to show proof of their status from their first night which can be obtained from the hotel or rental.
    • Maine lodging will reopen for out of state visitors sooner than expected. Instead of July 1, visitors will be accepted June 26 to accommodate the business that comes from the fourth of July. Lodging was reopened to Maine residents June 1.
    • Campgrounds have reopened for Maine residents and visitors who meet the quarantine requirements.
    • Services reopening in May included: golf courses; guided hunting, fishing and boating excursions with fewer than 10 participants; drive-in movie theaters; select state parks and trails, and marinas. Popular coastal sites will remain closed. Each of these business types will need to follow reopening “checklists” — all of which specifically ban businesses from catering to out-of-state customers who have not quarantined for 14 days.
    • Acadia National Park is open, but with a limited capacity. All services in the park — including visitor centers, shops, and restrooms — are unavailable and the Loop Road, the park’s main road, is closed to motor vehicles. Some trails are open for hiking and all out-of-state visitors must abide by the state’s 14-day quarantine guideline to enter.

    Maine reports 3,790 cases and 119 deaths.


    The tall ships of Baltimore
    The tall ships of Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore)

    Most of Maryland entered phase two of its reopening plan on June 5. Just four days after the state began reopening, 1,784 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported by the Maryland Department of Health. However, in the last few weeks the state has seen one of the largest drops nationwide in positive coronavirus cases. Months before, Maryland, Washington and Virginia were cited with having the highest percentage of positive test results. 

    Towson Town Center was the first mall to reopen in the state on June 19 as Maryland aims to open malls, casinos and arcades this weekend at limited capacity. Currently outdoor amusement facilities such as mini golf and go kart racing are open with indoor fitness centers joined them on June 19. Face masks are still required in public spaces.

    Maryland reports 83,617 cases and 3,433 deaths.

    Washington, D.C.

    Aerial photo of the Washington Monument with the Capitol in the background. (Photo by Andy Dunaway/USAF via Getty Images)
    Aerial photo of the Washington Monument with the Capitol in the background. (Photo by Andy Dunaway/USAF via Getty Images)

    Washington D.C. lifted the stay at home order and began a phased reopening on May 29. This allowed restaurants to offer limited outdoor seating, retailers to offer curbside pickup and hair salons to reopen by appointment. Parks and athletic fields also reopened with gatherings of 10 people permitted.

    D.C entered phase two on June 22, which allowed museums and attractions to open with capacity limitations. Restaurants can now open for indoor dining at 50% capacity as well as retail stores.

    However, due to a spike in cases, Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order on July 24 requiring the use of face masks when going outside. And beginning July 27, anyone coming into Washington, D.C., from a high-risk area not traveling for essential activities was required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The order excludes Maryland and Virginia.

    D.C. reports 11,717 cases and 581 deaths.

    Massachusetts to New Jersey


    Massachusetts was among the hardest-hit states in the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the eastern regions surrounding the city of Boston. Its reopening in the coming weeks and months, like many states, has been dependent on consistently decreasing numbers of cases, and was set to happen in four phases.

    However, a spike in cases led the state to require all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts to follow new travel orders, effective Aug. 1:

    • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
    • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.
    • If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

    Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

    Massachusetts began part one of its phase two plan on June 22, which allows some businesses mostly unrelated to travel, to reopen.

    Here’s more of what you can expect:

    • For now, all business and recreational travel to the state is discouraged.
    • Travelers, for the time being, are urged — but not required — to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in the state.
    • Lodging in the state (both hotels and home rentals) are open.
    • Restaurants are currently permitted to resume outdoor dining, but indoor dining will resume in the second part of phase two. There is no definitive timeline on the return of large-scale sporting and arts events — a reality that is surely distressing to the region’s ultra-loyal sports fans.
    • Parks and beaches are currently open, but expect services and parking to be limited. In addition to expanded services at beaches and parks, the roster of reopenings includes zoos, outdoor gardens, fishing, hunting, boating, some athletic fields and courts, and, in a truly throwback move, drive-in movie theaters.

    Throughout these phases, the state is instructing residents and visitors to respect face-covering and social-distancing guidelines that can vary by business type.

    Massachusetts reports 115,000 cases and 8,510 deaths.


    Until recently, Michigan was under one of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the nation with virtually everything closed except grocery stores.

    Currently, most of Michigan is in phase four, known as the improving phase.

    Additionally, Michigan is approaching reopening regionally. For instance, Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Region were allowed starting June 10 to reopen salons, movie theaters and gyms as long as they follow state protocols. Indoor social gatherings up to 50 people and outdoor performance and sporting venues can open with a capacity limit of 500. Hotels are back open with new safety protocols.

    On July 1, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order closing indoor service at bars in most of lower Michigan, citing recent coronavirus outbreaks. She also signed legislation allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to go.

    A July 10 executive order from Whitmer reiterated that individuals must wear masks both in indoor public spaces, and  outdoor spaces. It also requires all businesses open to the public to refuse entry or service to patrons who do not wear a face covering, with limited exceptions.

    State parks and beaches are back open. Overnight residential, travel and troop camps are allowed to reopen.

    Michigan has reported 85,670 cases and 6,402 deaths.


    Minneapolis June 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Minneapolis, June 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Minnesota’s stay-at-home order expired on May 17. The state is currently in the Phase Three of its reopening plan, which allows for indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues to reopen with limited capacity. Bars have reopened as well with restrictions.

    However, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order on July 25 required all residents and non-residents to wear a face mask indoors.

    The 2020 Minnesota State Fair was cancelled on May 22 for the first time since 1946.

    State parks and and campgrounds have reopened. Casinos reopened on May 26, and many hotels are open again or reopening. Shopping and retail stores are now open at 50% capacity and Mall of America, is open for in-person shopping and dining with significant safety enhancements.

    Minnesota has reported 50,331 cases and 1,611 deaths.


    Mississippi’s stay-at-home order expired on April 27 and all businesses were allowed to open on June 1. However after a surge in coronavirus cases, the state’s reopening has been paused. The state was supposed to be fully reopened by July 1. However, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves extended his Safe Return and county-specific executive orders on July 20, adding 10 counties under tighter social distancing measures to help limit transmission and protect public health.They joined 13 other counties that have been under the additional restrictions for the past week. The order expired on Aug. 3.

    Retail stores, outdoor recreation areas, personal care shops and casinos have reopened with new restrictions across the state. All restaurants and bars are required  to keep a limit of 50% capacity. Hotels and gambling houses are also open.

    Mississippi is experiencing a surge in cases like in many states that reopened early. It is reporting 51,097 cases and 1,480 deaths.


    Missouri’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3 and the state has now fully reopened as of June 18. All statewide health orders and restrictions are lifted at the moment, but local authorities are allowed to put restrictions if needed.

    However, the state is still asking all individuals to continue practicing social distancing and proper hygiene.

    Attractions such as the Missouri Botanical Garden have also reopened, although with social distancing measures and PPE requirements.

    The state has reported 42,328 cases and 1,224 deaths.


    Butte, Montana 2020. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Butte, Montana, 2020. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Montana is another state that had a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all out-of-state visitors. It expired June 1.

    There have only been 3,342 confirmed cases in all of Montana — the fourth-largest state in the U.S. It just recently reached its 46th death. Masks are required in counties with more than four active COVID-19 cases, and strongly encouraged in all other counties, for those over 5-years-old in public indoor spaces and outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained.

    Most restaurants, hotels, bars and attractions have already reopened, with social-distancing restrictions though capacities have increased to 75%. The Museum of the Rockies is open but reservations are encouraged to make sure you get in.

    Montana is home to both Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. As of June both the Montana and Wyoming entrance to Yellowstone are open.

    Related: I visited Glacier and Yellowstone and it was weird

    Montana’s Glacier National Park reopened more services throughout June. More entrances have opened and gate hours have been extended past 4:30 pm for the west entrance. Backcountry permits started being issued June 26. The popular and famous Glacier’s Shuttle System will also not be running this summer.

    A few of the hotels in Glacier and Yellowstone parks will remain closed for the season, but some are open or will open for the summer season. Spokesmen from the Xanterra Travel Collection which runs hotels in the parks said limited hotel rooms are available inside the parks as of June 15. The Village Inn Hotel and Lake McDonald Lodge are among some of the hotels that have opened but only for overnight guests. Lodge bathrooms and gift stores remain closed. 

    Related: When will the national parks reopen?


    There is no formal stay-at-home order for Nebraska, although a number of measures were implemented, many of which expired May 31. Religious communities are under safety and social-distancing guidelines for faith-based gatherings, and state residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines at parks. Restaurant employees are encouraged to wear masks.

    Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts moved most of the state into phase three on June 22. This allowed restaurants and bars to open at full capacity. Large scale indoor gatherings at venues like arenas and stadiums could reopen at 50% with a maximum capacity of 10,000 people. Outdoor gatherings would be limited to 75% capacity. Wedding receptions and funerals could also resume under new guidelines.

    Parades, beer gardens and dances remain banned in phase three. Hotels, golf courses and other tourist attractions are open. The Nebraska nation forest is open and even some campgrounds and RV centers are available.

    Nebraska reports 24,412 cases and 322 deaths.


    Las Vegas May 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Las Vegas, May 2016. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Nevada entered phase two of reopening measures on May 29, although locals are still encouraged to stay home other than for essential activities and practice regular sanitation. Since then, Nevada saw a rise in coronavirus cases leading phase three to be delayed. Gatherings have increased to 50 people but immunocompromised, elderly and other high-risk demographics should remain sheltered in place.

    “Now is not the time to abandon these protective measures. It is the time to double down on them. We can only stay open if we stay safe,” said Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. Masks were required for all residents and visitors while in public spaces as of June 24.

    The lights are back on in Las Vegas, with new restrictions and social distancing measures that went into effect on July 9 that have changed the way visitors will experience the city for the time being. Restaurants are limited to 50% of dine-in capacity and all employees must wear masks, with outdoor dining strongly encouraged. Guests may still order and be served alcohol from their table but congregating or ordering from the bar area is prohibited. All bar tops are closed, regardless of whether they have gaming machines installed.

    Related: Las Vegas Hotel Deals

    Casinos have resumed operations with limited capacity in Nevada but other businesses such as clubs and adult entertainment establishments have yet to be given the green light to reopen.

    Retail businesses can also operate at 50% occupancy limits, while barber shops, hair and nail salons must provide socially-distanced service by appointment only. All patrons are encouraged to wear face masks in public, while businesses must require all client-facing employees to wear face masks.

    Nevada reports 41,993 cases and 773 deaths.

    New Hampshire

    Much of the scenic, mountain-and-lake studded “Live Free Or Die” state is rural and these counties haven’t faced an overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases. But the more densely-populated southern part of the state, which shares a border with hard-hit Massachusetts, has been affected. After months of lockdown, New Hampshire’s stay at home order expired June 15. Here’s what visitors can expect in the coming weeks and months under Stay At Home 2.0:

    • New Hampshire is currently discouraging out-of-state visitors from entering the state, and is recommending (but not requiring) a 14-day quarantine upon entry for all non-residents.
    • Hotels and vacation rentals began accepting New Hampshire residents and non-residents who have met the quarantine requirement on June 5.
    • All seacoast state park beaches are open with parking and restrooms available. Sunbathing is now allowed as long as groups stay six feet apart. Some inland beaches are still closed.
    • State parks are open.
    • Golf courses are open but guests should expect social distancing, touchless payment, face covering and capacity limits. Clubhouses are closed, services are limited and club rentals are not available.
    • Campgrounds are open only to New Hampshire residents, members, passholders.
    • Outdoor recreation has been expanded to include mini-golf, shooting ranges, paintball and nature-based experiences like ziplining. Hunting and fishing expeditions, kayak rentals and guided nature tours opened in May but all activities are only for groups of 10 or fewer.
    • Leisure activities including indoor movie theaters, performing arts and amusement parks reopened on June 29.

    New Hampshire has had more than 6,415 cases and 409 deaths.

    New Jersey

    New Jersey residents were under stay-at-home orders from March 21 until June 9 after Gov. Phil Murphy issued a joint state of emergency and public health emergency on March 9. In total, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy issued more than 40 executive orders designed to protect one of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak.

    As of June 16, New Jersey had experienced a successful few days under phase two of reopening. As of July 20, those entering New Jersey from 31 states with a significant spread of COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days after leaving.

    Malls, one of New Jersey’s largest attractions, were allowed to reopen on June 29 after months of being shuttered. There will be some changes as food courts and seating will be closed, though mall restaurants can offer takeout and outdoor seating where applicable. Movie theaters and arcades will remain closed statewide, even inside malls.

    Under new provisions, more businesses have been given the option to open. Restaurants have opened for outdoor dining and retail stores welcomed customers at half capacity. Personal care services and no contact outdoor sports resumed operations June 22. Face masks are encouraged outside the home, and required for entering essential businesses.

    New Jersey has 181,000 cases and 15,776 deaths.

    New Mexico to South Carolina

    New Mexico

    Santa Fe, New Mexico November 2014. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2014. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham finally allowed restrictions to be loosened June 1 after strongly advocating for people to stay home. After cases began to rise throughout the state, the governor put the reopening on hold as of July 1.

    “Now I’m asking for the reverse, as businesses did their part to protect New Mexicans we have to protect businesses as we continue to expand in terms of opening the economy. By respecting that they can’t stay open if you don’t stay home when you can, wear a mask, wash your hands and socially distance yourself,” said Governor Lujan Grisham.

    With the phase one  loosened restrictions, some businesses can reopen at 50% capacity, including restaurants for indoor dining, hotels, breweries and gyms. Retailers, places of worship, indoor malls, hair salons, tattoo parlors, massage services and nail salons have also reopened at 25% capacity. Personal services will require an appointment.

    Movie theaters, museums, historic sites, non-tribal casinos and bars still remained closed.

    Out-of-state visitors who travel by air are being required to self-quarantine for 14 days. And face masks are required or face a $100 fine.

    New Mexico has reported 18,788 cases and 607 deaths.

    New York

    New York City March 2020. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    New York City, March 2020. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    New York has been the hardest-hit state with more than 416,000 confirmed cases, and 32,295 deaths. The first official case was identified on March 1. The state has been under a mandatory stay-at-home order since March 20. After 111 news conferences, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally gave his last daily briefing on June 22, which allowed New York City to enter phase two on June 22.

    The latest phase will see professional sports resume without fans, film production to begin and outdoor attractions such as zoos to open. Previous phases opened in-person retail, hair salons, barbershops, and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars. Broadway, opera, ballet and museums will not be allowed to reopen until mid-July in phase four of the reopening plans and Broadway theaters have already announced that they will not reopen until Sept. 6.

    Some people may even begin to return to work as office jobs are allowed to return at half capacity. Northern counties in the state have already moved into the final phases. Most beaches in New York state are open with restrictions.

    Hotels were not asked to close, but most hotels in NYC have been either closed or open only to house COVID-19 patients or hospital workers or the homeless. The president and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York told the New York Post, “Out of nearly 700 hotels, nearly half of them are closed.” He said some could start reopening in July, but that hinged on “how international and domestic travel pick up, how the tech companies react to this.” He said he doesn’t expect luxury hotels to reopen until August. 

    Airbnbs are widely available in both New York State and New York City, and there don’t appear to be any restrictions on home-sharing at this time.

    There is a mandatory 14 day quarantine for people traveling to the tri-state area from select states.

    North Carolina

    Charlotte November 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Charlotte, November 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    North Carolina’s stay-at-home order expired on May 22, although many restrictions had been relaxed much before that.

    The state is now in phase 2 of reopening, which was scheduled to last until Aug. 7. Businesses allowed to reopen at reduced capacity include restaurant dining rooms, personal care services, pools, retail business and childcare facilities.

    Originally, bars and playgrounds were expected to open in phase 2 but Gov. Cooper said, “The increases in COVID-19 cases indicate the need to take a more modest phase 2 than initially expected.”

    Face coverings are required at all times while in public, both indoors and outdoors, It allows restaurants, barbers, salons and swimming pools to remain open at a 50% capacity. Gatherings are still generally limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Museums, gyms, bars, and entertainment venues such as theaters and many animal parks remain closed.

    North Carolina has reported 111,000 cases and 1,801 deaths.

    North Dakota

    North Dakota never issued a mandatory stay-at-home order and the state is in the middle of reopening.

    Anyone traveling from another country must quarantine immediately for 14 days or for the duration of the person’s presence in the state, whichever period is shorter.

    The state says it is in the green or low risk phase. Restaurants, bars, and salons were allowed to reopen on May 1. Casinos began to reopen on June 6.

    The North Dakota State Historical Society reopened on May 23 and the North Dakota Heritage canter & State Museum opened June 22.

    North Dakota has had 103 deaths and 5,876 cases.


    Cleveland February 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Cleveland February 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Ohio’s stay-at-home order expired on May 29, but many restrictions had already started to be relaxed before that. In fact, 90% of Ohio’s economy had reopened by May 22, according to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. The state reopened the more of the economy including gyms, pools and other recreational activities on May 31.

    Banquet halls and catering services could open for events with under 300 people as of June 1. June 10 saw entertainment and leisure activities such as country clubs and movie theaters given the go ahead to reopen.

    As of July 22, those entering Ohio after travel to nine states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15% or higher are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    There have been 83,184 coronavirus cases in Ohio and 3,297 deaths.


    Oklahoma never issued a statewide stay-at-home order, but it did shut down various businesses across the state. Many of those were permitted to reopen on April 24.

    The state is currently in phase three of reopening, which allows businesses to accept walk-ins and resume full staff operations, including: All restaurants, breweries, wineries, taverns, shopping mall food courts, food halls, cafeterias, bars, night clubs, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges and any other food service may reopen with 50 percent capacity and with all employees masked; all athletic gyms, recreation centers, exercise facilities, indoor sports facilities, indoor climbing facilities, bowling alleys, skating rinks, trampoline parks, whitewater rafting facilities; businesses where persons gather for presentation or entertainment; and personal care businesses.

    The state has reported 30,081 cases and 496 deaths.


    Businesses across Oregon were permitted to reopen on May 15. Since then most of the counties have moved into phase two of reopening. However, not all counties are reopening at the same pace.

    Among businesses that are allowed to reopen in phase one are restaurants, bars, personal care services, and gyms.

    Under phase two, bars and restaurants are able to stay open until midnight and indoor recreational activities including bowling and mini-golf will be allowed to reopen. Pools and spas are permitted to open as they meet social distancing guidelines.

    As of July 15, face coverings were required in public indoor spaces in all counties, along with outdoor public spaces where physical distance can’t be maintained. Starting July 24, children 5 and older were required to wear face covers in public.

    As cases rise nationwide Oregon has reimposed some restrictions such as limiting gatherings to 10 people.

    Oregon has reported 16,492 cases and 286 deaths.


    Philadelphia September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Philadelphia, September 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order was set to expire on June 4, but the phased reopening will not be statewide. Instead Gov. Tom Wolf will approve plans county by county.

    The toughest restrictions have been lifted statewide and as of July 3 all counties are in the green phase. These counties are allowed to have gatherings under 250 people, and businesses can move to 75% occupancy.

    The state has reported 112,000 cases and 7,170 deaths.

    Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, but the island has been on lockdown since March. The territory was announced that in-bound tourism would again be allowed on July 15; however, amid rising cases of the novel coronavirus in the mainland U.S., it has postponed some of those plans. Puerto Rico is now encouraging “essential travel” only.

    Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced began reimposing restrictions as cases spiked. Hotel pools, bars, casinos, theaters, marinas, tours and attractions have all closed. Beaches and natural reserves are only open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for people who are exercising alone. Groups and competitive activities are not allowed. The island-wide curfew has been changed to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until July 31. And it has banned alcohol sales on Sundays and restricted beach access.

    Related: Sorry travelers, Puerto Rico has postponed its reopening plans

    Museums and restaurants are currently open at 50% capacity. Malls and retail stores remain open. Personal care facilities are open by appointment only.

    All ports have been closed for cruise ships however ferries have reopened. All travelers arriving by air must pass through San Juan International Airport (SJU) and undergo enhanced health screenings, then may be asked to participate in a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

    The island has reported 15,143 cases and 201 deaths.

    Rhode Island

    Newport December 2012. Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Newport, Rhode Island, December 2012. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Rhode Island entered phase 3 of its reopening on June 30. Hair salons and barbershops, gyms, malls and outdoor venues have all reopened.

    State parks and beaches, public gardens, historical sites, zoos and even mini-golf facilities are among the outdoor locations that opened in time for the summer season. Restaurants will also be able to have 50% occupancy.

    Churches and salons began to open at that time.

    Rhode Island beaches are open but some amenities might be closed. Gatherings are limited to 25 people and large venues are limited to 125 people.

    A quarantine requirement is still in place for travelers coming from states with high cases of coronavirus. Travelers do have the option to provide a negative test taken 72 hours before arrival to Rhode Island.

    Rhode Island has reported 18,224 cases and 1,002 deaths.

    South Carolina

    Charleston August 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Charleston, August 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    South Carolina’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4, though the state began reopening on April 20. Currently, most of the state has reopened under new guidelines encouraging social distancing and new sanitary requirements.

    Restrictions on attractions and sports were lifted in late May. That meant that places like waterparks, amusement parks and zoos all reopened. Bowling facilities and retail stores have also had their capacity restraints lifted. Additionally, sports leagues were allowed to practice starting May 30 and competitive play resumed on June 15. Bars have been given an 11pm curfew to try to lessen the outbreak.

    The state has seen a rise in cases in the last few weeks totaling 81,999 cases and 1,491 deaths.

    South Dakota to Wyoming

    South Dakota

    Mount Rushmore September 2013. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Mount Rushmore, September 2013. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    South Dakota is one of a handful of states that never had a stay-at-home order. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem announced a “back to normal” plan with guidelines for businesses to reopen as long as their county has seen a downward trend in cases for 14 days.

    Restaurants never closed, but guests are asked to maintain social distancing. Hotels and home-sharing are allowed to be open.

    Mount Rushmore opened for Memorial Day. In fact, gave remarks at the national monument for the Fourth of July.

    South Dakota reported a total of 8,395 cases of coronavirus with 123 deaths.


    Memphis April 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Memphis, April 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Tennessee’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30 and restaurants reopened to diners on April 27.

    Republican Gov. Bill Lee announced that restaurants in 86 of the 95 counties could increase their capacity under updated guidelines, including enforcing social distancing. However, bars are to remain closed unless used for dining.

    On May 22 the governor signed an executive order that allows gatherings of more than 10 and up to 50, effective immediately.

    Tennessee will also begin to reopen larger, non-contact attractions including recreational parks, museums, racetracks, theaters, waterparks and auditoriums. Restrictions on gatherings were expanded on June 22 to 25 people and event spaces can open for 250 people or half capacity.

    Hotels and home-sharing are open and allowed, but with new safety measures. A survey of Nashville hotels suggests they will be back to full staffing by the end of August.

    Tennessee has reported 88,459 cases and 953 deaths.


    Houston January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Houston, January 2017. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Gov. Greg Abbott lifted travel restrictions for travelers to Texas on May 20.

    The state had forbade visitors from several high-risk states unless they self-quarantined for 14 days. As of May 21, all air travel restrictions to Texas ended, including temporary quarantines for travelers returning from California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta; Detroit; Chicago and Miami. All road travel restrictions have also been eliminated.

    Related: Is Texas open for travel?

    Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask mandate on July 2 after cases began to rise in the state. Bars were also ordered to close and restaurant capacity has been reduced by 50%. He also gave mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, and making it mandatory that people can’t be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

    Read Summer Hull’s complete guide to Texas here.


    (Photo by Justin Reznick Photography/Getty Images)
    The Watchman at Zion National Park. (Photo by Justin Reznick Photography/Getty Images)

    Utah never issued a stay-at-home order, although there were restrictions put in place. On May 1, some of those were lifted, including the reopening of restaurants and personal care services.

    A majority of the state is currently in phase two of reopening, which allows for groups of 50 or fewer to gather, team sports to resume and all businesses to operate as long as they follow new health protocols. Some counties have moved into the final “new normal” phase which allows for larger gatherings with social distancing.

    Masks are required in public, both indoors and where social distancing isn’t possible outdoors, in Salt Lake County, Summit County, where Park City is located, Grand County, where Moab is located and Springdale, the gateway town to Zion National Park.

    Utah has reported 37,623 cases and 278 deaths.


    Vermont’s stay-at-home order was lifted in May but the state of emergency has been extended until Aug. 15.

    Anyone who wants to travel to Vermont will have to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive or a seven-day quarantine followed by taking a coronavirus test. If you are traveling by personal vehicle and plan on making no stops, you have the option to quarantine in your home state for 14 days before arriving. Hotels, campgrounds, and bed and breakfasts are open for residents and those who can verify that they have met the quarantine requirements.

    Currently, most businesses have been allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. Outdoor recreation areas, retail stores, manufacturers, restaurants and fitness facilities are among the businesses allowed to reopen. Personal care services have reopened under new guidelines. 

    Vermont has reported 1,400 cases and 56 deaths.

    Virgin Islands

    Caribbean, St Thomas US Virgin Islands. Panoramic view. (Image by sorincolac/iStock/Getty Images)
    St Thomas US Virgin Islands. (Photo by sorincolac/iStock/Getty Images)

    The U.S. Virgin Islands began welcoming back tourists on June 1, though restrictions are still in place.

    As of July 15, travelers 15 years old or over coming from a state with a COVID-19 positivity rate greater than 10% were required to produce a negative COVID-19 test within five days before arrival. Temperature checks and health screenings are being conducted at ports of entry. Restaurants and bars will be limited to 50% capacity and gatherings are permitted with up to 10 people.

    Hotels are accepting reservations and guidelines are in place when traveling in taxis, limos and safaris. Mask must be worn when entering businesses and attractions.

    The islands have reported 361 cases and seven deaths.


    Virginia’s stay-at-home order has changed to a “safer at home” order that expired on June 10.

    Virginia moved into phase three on July 1. Restaurants, farmers markets, stores and personal care services remain open with the capacity requirements lifted however six feet must be kept between patrons. Indoor and outdoor recreational activities can increase to 75% occupancy. Entertainment venues can operate at half capacity with a maximum of 1000 people. The governor made the decision that bars will remain closed throughout this phase.

    Virginia Beach reopened for Memorial Day weekend and all public beaches opened by the end of May. Hotels are open.

    The state has reported 84,567 cases and 2,078 deaths.


    Seattle September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Seattle, September 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Washington’s stay-at-home order expired May 31, though some restrictions had been eased since May 5 allowing for certain outdoor activities to resume such as golf and tennis.

    Governor Jay Inslee has put a pause on reopening until July 28 after an increase in new cases were reported during a two week period. Many counties are waiting to move ahead to phase four which would allow for a “return to normal.” Nightclubs, concerts, large sporting events and all recreational activities would be able to resume operations. Gatherings would be able to exceed 50 people.

    Currently, most of the state is in phase three of its “Safe Start” approach to reopening, which allows for gatherings of 50 people, and the use of recreational facilities. Restaurants, bars, museums and retail stores opened under new safety protocols in phase two. To be eligible for a new phase counties must have fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span.

    Washington has reported 53,884 cases and 1,592 deaths.

    West Virginia

    West Virginia has gone through the outlined phases of its reopening plan.The governor has opened up indoor dining, big retail stores, outdoor recreation businesses, attractions and personal services among the many. However due to a rise in cases the governor has rescinded some openings

    As of mid-July fairs, festivals, concerts, and carnivals are once again prohibited. Bars and bard in restaurants in Mongolia County were closed until July 24. The limit on social gatherings was reduced to 25 people and all residents over nine years old were required to wear a mask in indoor public places.

    An executive order also rescinded the requirement for out-of-state travelers visiting West Virginia to self-quarantine for 14 days. Non-residents can also now access state park campgrounds, cabins and lodges.

    Hotels are open.

    West Virginia has had over 4,700 positive cases and 100 deaths.


    Wisconsin’s supreme court threw out the state’s mandatory stay-at-home orders. The governor is now encouraging people to maintain social distancing, but re-openings are being left to local governments.

    It’s really on a county-by-county basis what is and isn’t reopened. In some spots, all restrictions are pretty much lifted, where others are still in Phase 1. Some counties have put travel advisories in place for seasonal or second homeowners.

    Even some amusement parks and water parks are opening.

    Over 39,600 people have been infected with coronavirus, and  831 have died in the state.


    Yellowstone National Park September 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
    Yellowstone National Park, September 2015. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

    Wyoming never had a stay-at-home order, just a recommendation. The state began to fully reopen on May 1. Bars, restaurants and gyms are all open with some restrictions.

    A 14-day quarantine on out-of-state visitors was lifted on May 8. In fact, both Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park also reopened already. Interestingly, only the two Yellowstone gates on the Wyoming border are open right now. The three Montana entrances to the park remained closed until June 1, when Montana lifted its 14-day quarantine on out-of-state visitors.

    On the first day of reopening, there were major crowds, especially around the Old Faithful Geyser. Reports suggest visitors are not following strict social-distancing or mask-wearing guidelines. Not all of Yellowstone’s campgrounds are currently accessible.

    But in the rest of Wyoming, it’s back to normal. Most of the hotels in the state are reopening now and home-sharing is fine under state rules. Even hotels inside Grand Teton National Park are open, including Signal Mountain Lodge and Campground, as of June 5..

    Travelers can expect primary road access, day-use hiking on seasonally available trails and access to fishing. Multiuse paths, select public restrooms and certain tours (biking and wildlife tours, for example) are also available to visitors.

    Some campgrounds, boating and floating facilities, lodges, concessions and visitor centers are still closed.

    Related: When will national parks reopen?

    In a statement, Brook Kaufman the CEO of Visit Casper said, “We are seeing the return of out-of-state visitors to Casper. And as we dip our toes back into the waters of travel, it’s vital that our visitors, residents and businesses work together to ensure safe travel practices and a healthy destination.”

    The state has recorded only 906 cases of coronavirus, and 18 deaths.

    Additional reporting by Laura Motta, Nick Ewen, Katherine Fan, Liz Hund, Brian Kim, Jordyn Fields and Benét J. Wilson. 

    Additional resources for traveling during the coronavirus outbreak:

    Featured photo of Yellowstone by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy

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