By Duncan Smith
The county has hit a coronavirus milestone: All 50 states have begun to reopen their economies, albeit on various levels, as the pandemic crests and begins to subside in many parts of the United States.
Connecticut became the final state to begin lifting restrictions on Wednesday, allowing retail shops and restaurants to reopen, the Western Journal reported.
Stay-at-home and other lockdown measures were implemented by most states but not all of them; governors in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming never issued lockdown orders, though cities in many of them did.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp drew fire from the White House and President Trump when he decided to begin reopening parts of his state April 24, but it’s worked out: There haven’t been any major spikes in coronavirus as some predicted.
“I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines for the incredible people of Georgia,” Trump said at the time.
At the other end of the reopening scale are states like New York, Calfornia, and Pennsylvania, whose governors are only allowing regions and counties to reopen if they fall below certain infection thresholds.
Meanwhile, the Democrat enclaves of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, and New Jersey remain under stay-at-home orders, though most businesses and retail shops can reopen under social distancing guidelines.
Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a 60-page document outlining reopening guidelines for schools, child-care facilities, restaurants, and mass transit.
“This guidance sets forth a menu of safety measures, from which establishments may choose those that make sense for them in the context of their operations and local community, as well as State and local regulations and directives,” the document says.
The CDC is continuing to call for social distancing in public and at work.
“I want to clarify that the community-based transmission, the community-to-community transmission that overwhelmed the public health departments in late February, March, April, that’s really coming down,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview with The Hill.