All 50 states had begun to reopen in some way after the coronavirus thrust the country into lockdown starting in March. Now, a growing number of states are pausing plans to reopen, amid rising case counts. Several are reimposing restrictions they had lifted earlier — for example, on bars and restaurant dining in many places.
There were already substantial variations in how states were deciding to open up, with some forging far ahead of others. These maps show where several major sectors have reopened.
The changes — and backtracking — reflect the immense pressure on the nation’s governors to respond to a crippled economy and an anxious public, even as epidemiologists warn of a second wave of cases. Many governors are mandating the wearing of masks in public places.
The New York Times is tracking when broad reopenings are allowed, as well as when reopening plans are paused or reversed. States may shift categories as conditions change, or to account for changes in the national landscape. Even as governors lift orders and allow reopenings, stricter local orders may remain in place.