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Which US states are ready for phase 1 of reopening after coronavirus lockdown?

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*Note, this list only includes the states which have so far indicated they are pushing forward with plans to begin reopening.ALABAMAPopulation: about 4.9 millionUnemployment: 3.5%While the state only issued a stay-at-home order on April 4, Alabama has remained optimistic that it will be able to resume business and reopen by May 1.Gov. Kay Ivey plans to reopen the state in phases, hoping to maintain social distancing needs while easing restrictions that will allow businesses to start up again.ARIZONAPopulation: about 7.3 millionUnemployment: 5.5%Gov. Doug Ducey issued a "stay-at-home" order on March 31 and has remained optimistic that Arizona will be able to resume business at the end of the month.“What’s happening here is what’s different than what’s happening in New York state and we hope we don’t get there but we’re preparing just in case," Ducey said on Tuesday during a radio interview with KTAR News.He also said in a tweet earlier this week that he wants "to get the economy moving and people back to work as soon as possible — when it is safe and healthy for people to do so."Arizona Department of Health Services Assitant Director Jessica Rigler said that the state would need to meet certain standards before properly reopening.“We’d like to see a continued decrease in the rate of positive cases as well as hospitalizations … associated with COVID-19,” Rigler said in an interview on Wednesday.ARKANSASPopulation: about 3 millionUnemployment: 4.8%Arkansas has not issued any stay-at-home orders, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson has taken other measures to slow the pandemic in his state.Schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic term, as will certain public spaces - including gyms, bars and restaurants. However, Hutchinson has said that he intends to explore resuming elective surgeries."We want to get (hospitals) back to doing the important health-care delivery that is important in our communities," Hutchinson said during a press conference on Thursday.COLORADOPopulation: about 5.8 millionUnemployment: 4.5%Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide "stay-at-home" order on March 26 and extended it on April 9 following an increase in confirmed cases and deaths.Polis remains optimistic that he can ease restrictions on April 26, when the state's "stay-at-home" order is set to expire.According to FOX 31, the governor said the state will focus on six principles: work to suppress the virus, increased ability to conduct testing and containment, additional protections for those most at risk, ability to handle increased demand, social distancing policies that can be sustainable and ongoing evaluation of policies and their impact.The governor insisted that the rollback would be slow, with businesses potentially dividing workers into shifts or constructing barriers between employees.“We want to dispel any notion that we can immediately go back to the way things were in January or February, because the virus will be with us,” Polis said.“To prevent going right back where we where a month ago, in terms of a large surge in demand for care, we need to be able to jump quickly on new cases and isolate them,” said Dr. Glen Mays, the chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Stay within the guidelines for your safety as well as for the safety of your neighbors.”IDAHOPopulation: about 1.8 millionUnemployment: 2.6%Little extended his state's "stay-at-home" order to end on April 30, but he also added notable exceptions to the order, allowing curbside and delivery service to resume.“Idaho will be better positioned for a strong economic comeback because we are making difficult changes in how we live and work in the short-term,” Governor Little said.“The statewide stay-home order is working to flatten the curve and slow the spread of coronavirus in Idaho, but the science tells us if you don’t time these measures right then we could worsen the outcome for citizens’ health and the economy weeks or months down the road.” Little also said “non-essential” businesses should prepare to reopen after April 30 as long as they prepare operational plans over the next two weeks to maintain social distancing for staff and patrons; provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons; offer curbside and pickup delivery; limit number of people in business at a time; and direct flow of people in the operation.INDIANAPopulation: about 6.7 millionUnemployment: 3.2%Gov. Eric Holcomb indicated on Thursday that the state will look to try and reopen the economy in early May.Holcomb said officials are “looking at the numbers … we want to see these numbers hold.”While he said he wants to hit the ground running, Holcomb acknowledged that it won't be a quick process.“It’ll be methodical, data driven, rolling, gradual, incremental process. We don’t want to open things up, only to say in a week: ‘We’ve got [to] shut it back down.'”“Everybody should be making plans because at some point, you know, as we base the decisions based on data, we want to open up this economy.”Reynolds indicated that she is looking at May to start reopening the economy.KANSASPopulation: about 2.9 millionUnemployment: 3.1%Gov. Laura Kelly has extended her state's "stay-at-home" order, but she is pressing ahead with talks to reopen the economy.Initially set to expire on April 19, Kansas will now remain in lockdown until May 3.According to her statement, Kelly "will consult with business leaders, health experts, economists and other industry and community leaders to determine the best path forward beyond that point, and re-open the Kansas economy safely and effectively."Kelly also identified specific measures that would need to be in place to help reopen businesses, including "rapid testing, contact tracing and isolation efforts."MINNESOTAPopulation: around 5.6 millionUnemployment: 3.1%Gov. Tim Walz on Friday eased restrictions on recreational activities, taking first steps toward easing wider restrictions.The new order reopens a wide range of locations, including golf courses, hiking trails, public docks, boat and vehicle repair shops, outdoor shooting ranges and bait shops. The new deadline is set on April 30, which the governor noted is in line with the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America.“We’re doing this to protect the health and safety of business owners, their employees and their customers,” Burgum said.North Dakota is one of the few states to not issue a stay-at-home order, though the governor has issued a number of measures, including social distancing, school closures and business restrictions.Burgum's statement outlined that the state will only reopen next month if the state can achieve "robust" testing and contact tracing, as well as measures for additional waves or resurgence such as sufficient hospital capacity and adequate PPE availability.OHIOPopulation: about 11.7 millionUnemployment: 3.1%Gov. Mike DeWine reiterated on Thursday that the state plans to reopen on May 1.“Ohioans have done a great job, a phenomenal job, fighting back, staying home, ensuring physical distancing. You have flattened the curve,” said Governor Mike DeWine.The initial stay-at-home order, issued on March 22, was extended from its original expiration on April 4 until the end of the month, but the governor indicates that there are bigger issues at stake.DeWine's statement insists that the plan will be "fact-driven" and guided by an economic board led by Lt. Governor Jon Husted.OKLAHOMAPopulation: about 4 millionUnemployment: 3.1%Gov. Kevin Stitt believes that the state can look to reopen at the end of the month.Stitt revealed during an interview with KRMG that he plans to start a "methodical" opening of the state starting May 1, according to a report by Tulsa World.“We’re going to make data-driven decisions based on what’s right for Oklahomans,” Stitt said.“We like kind of a phased-in approach,” Stitt said, adding that he is confident that in the state's ability to test and control hotspots.While non-essential businesses will remain closed until April 30, Stitt announced that elective surgeries will resume on April 24.

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