Reopening dates and criteria by state
|California Calif.||June 15||If hospitalization rates are low and vaccine supply is sufficient.|
|Connecticut Conn.||May 19||If infection rates keep falling and vaccination progress continues.|
|Delaware Del.||May 21||—|
|Illinois Ill.||June 11||If half of residents 16 and older have received at least one vaccine dose and coronavirus metrics have been stable or falling for 28 days.|
|Massachusetts Mass.||Aug. 1||If coronavirus metrics remain stable and vaccination progress continues.|
|Michigan Mich.||—||Two weeks after 65 percent of eligible residents have received at least one vaccine dose.|
|Minnesota Minn.||May 28||—|
|New Mexico N.M.||—||Once 60 percent of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated.|
|North Carolina N.C.||June 1||If metrics remain stable and vaccination progress continues.|
|Ohio Ohio||—||Once new cases are 50 or fewer per 100,000 residents for two weeks.|
|Oregon Ore.||June 30||If vaccination progress continues.|
|Pennsylvania Pa.||May 31||—|
|Rhode Island R.I.||May 28||—|
|Vermont Vt.||July 4||—|
|Virginia Va.||June 15||If coronavirus metrics remain stable and vaccination progress continues.|
|Washington, D.C. D.C.||June 11||—|
All across the country, mask mandates are easing, restrictions are lifting and many states have gone back to business as usual. It appears much of the country will be open with few restrictions in the coming months.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, it has been largely up to state and local officials to determine what restrictions, if any, to impose to slow new infections. A nationwide patchwork of rules for businesses and residents resulted over months of trial and error, as governors reopened some sectors only to later re-close and reopen them again as infection rates rose and fell.
States have moved closer to lifting all restrictions on businesses and gatherings as the vaccination campaign has progressed. In many states that have yet to fully reopen, governors have set targets for doing so based on vaccination rates or other health measures.
The one exception to lifting all restrictions is the continued use of masks, which will still be required in most indoor public settings in many states. And some governors are still mandating businesses observe social distancing rules, even as they lift capacity limits.
Coronavirus restrictions by state
The New York Times is tracking coronavirus restrictions at the state level, including what businesses are allowed to open and whether officials require masks. A state is considered fully reopened once it has lifted all specific restrictions on businesses statewide, though masking and social distancing rules and limits on gatherings may remain in effect. Stricter local orders may also be in place, and local conditions may not always reflect state requirements.
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An earlier version of this article misstated the date that restaurants, retail stores and other businesses were allowed to reopen in Puerto Rico. It was May 26, 2020, not May 25.
An earlier version of this article also misstated the date Oklahoma reopened bars and nightclubs. It was May 15, 2020, not June 15.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed information for Pennsylvania under the Tennessee label.
An earlier version of this article listed incorrect restrictions on entertainment in Illinois. Between Nov. 20 and Dec. 3, museums, casinos and theaters in the state were closed, not open.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly indicated the coronavirus restrictions in Minnesota. The state put a mask mandate in place on July 25, 2020, and it was still in effect as of Jan. 7, 2021.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly included gyms, movie theaters and water parks in the list of closed businesses in Arizona. They are open statewide, not closed.
Based on inaccurate information from the New Mexico Department of Health, an earlier version of this story misstated the status of bowling alleys in that state. As of Dec. 15, 2020, bowling alleys were closed.
An earlier version of this article misstated the status of a curfew in Virginia. As of March 1, 2021, the curfew was lifted, not still in place.
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to restrictions in Oregon. From April 9 to April 28, 2021, indoor dining, gyms, museums and theaters were open in all counties, not in most counties.