The US states planning to reopen: Texas becomes the first to partially lift coronavirus restrictions from April 20 – as Michigan, Wisconsin and Idaho have plans to reopen by May 1

Saturday, April 18, 2020
By Paul Martin

Texas has become the first state to commit to partially reopening from April 20
Michigan, Wisconsin and Idaho have all expressed plans to reopen in some form by May 1 when the federal guidelines for social distancing expire
Some states, like hard-hit New York, had already committed this week to extending lockdown measures into at least mid-May
About 95 percent of the country currently remains on some form of lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus
Seven states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming – still have no stay-at-home orders in place for its residents
It comes after Trump on Thursday gave the nation’s governors his road map for how the US can reopen businesses and schools shut down by the coronavirus

By EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
18 April 2020

A handful of US states are now looking to ease coronavirus lockdowns as President Donald Trump outlined guidelines for a phased reopening of the devastated economy.

Texas has become the first state to commit to partially reopening from April 20, while Michigan, Wisconsin and Idaho have all expressed plans to reopen in some form by May 1 when the federal guidelines for social distancing expire.

Some states, like hard-hit New York, had already committed this week to extending lockdown measures into at least mid-May.

About 95 percent of the country currently remains on some form of lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Seven states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming – still have no stay-at-home orders in place for its residents.

It comes after Trump on Thursday gave the nation’s governors his road map for how the US can reopen businesses and schools shut down by the coronavirus. The new three-phase guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in harder-hit locations like New York.

Just one day after laying out his roadmap, Trump urged his supporters to ‘LIBERATE’ the states of Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota – effectively encouraging protests against the stay-at-home restrictions.

Protesters began taking to the streets this week to demand governors rethink the restrictions in various states after the sweeping stay-at-home orders, shuttered businesses, disrupted lives and decimated the economy.

Trump’s guidelines to reopen the country largely reinforce plans already in the works by governors who have primary responsibility for public health in their states.

Here’s where each state is with current lockdown measures and plans moving forward:

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