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All The Statewide Coronavirus Closures In The US Right Now

As of early Monday, March 23rd, CNN reports that there are currently over 33,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States of America, with 428 deaths due to the complications from the virus. The virus has been detected in all 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital and various US territories.

Keep in mind by the end of the day, that number will have risen significantly. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference that “It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases of Covid-19, but it took only 11 days for the second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases.”

As a result, it seems like almost every day the states that are hit the hardest make sweeping measures to further mitigate the spread of the virus, sometimes even changing approaches multiple times per day. In the past 24-hours alone, the State Department has advised all Americans to avoid non-essential air travel and recently announced the closure of the Mexican and Canadian borders to non-essential travel. Things are getting more serious than ever.

Clearly, staying up to date with all the new information can be tough. Let us help. Here are all the statewide and current coronavirus closures in the United States.

Alabama

Per Governor Kay Ivey’s orders, all gatherings of 25 people or more, or gatherings of any size that can’t maintain a six-foot distance between people, are prohibited. Restaurants, bars, breweries, and sit-down establishments are closed unless they can provide take-out services, all beaches private and public are now closed, all non-essential visits to nursing homes are banned, and elective dental and medical procedures must be delayed.

These measures will remain in effect until April 5th at the earliest.

Alaska

Governor Mike Dunleavy has suspended visitation at all Department of Corrections Facilities, Juvenile Justice facilities, military youth academies, and the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. Libraries, archives, and museums are all closed for the remainder of the month, and schools are closed until further notice.

All dine-in service is closed until at least April 1st and only allowed to provide take out. In addition, elective oral and medical procedures must be rescheduled, and traveler’s entering the state from high-risk areas must self-quarantine for fourteen days, or limit your public exposure and monitor your temperature daily depending on where you’re arriving from.

Arizona

Schools have been scheduled to close until at least March 27th, but aside from that, Governor Doug Ducey has done little else to curb the spread. Bars, restaurants, and businesses all remain open, though counties have taken things into their own hands with closures, according to Al Jazeera.

Arkansas

Governor Asa Hutchinson has said that all Arkansas restaurants may remain open during the pandemic, and are able to operate on their own choosing, based upon market demand. Some restaurants statewide have made efforts to limit seating.

California

By order of Governor Gavin Newsom, all citizens are to stay home unless they need to get food, medical supplies, or work at an essential job. People may leave their residences to go on walks or get exercise but must remain socially distant from others. Some cities are “sheltering in place” while others are practicing “safer at home” measures — essentially all the same, despite different mayors using different terms. The message is clear: Stay to yourself.

After huge crowds in California’s parks and beaches this past weekend, cities and counties have completely closed most of them across the state.

Essential jobs include take out food services, couriers, medical professionals, grocery stores, hardware stores, maintenance workers, and public transportation operators.

Colorado

All restaurants, bars, gyms, salons and spas, performance venues, theaters, and casinos are closed. Delivery, pick-up, and takeout food is allowed, and grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and food pantries are also opened. The state recommends all social gatherings of 10 or more should be canceled or postponed, and nursing and assisted living facilities are closed to non-essential persons. Schools are not all closed statewide.

Connecticut

All public schools, amusement parks, malls, bowling alleys, bars, restaurants, and movie theaters are closed until further notice. Residents over the age of 60 are being encouraged to stay home until further notice.

Effective Monday night, March 23rd at 8 p.m. Connecticut will be under a stay-at-home order similar to California and New York. Under Governor New Lamont’s directive, individuals may still venture outdoors for fresh air or exercise but must be solo and at least six feet from others.

Deleware

Effective Tuesday morning, 8 a.m., March 24th. Delaware will be under a statewide stay-at-home order. All non-essential businesses will be closed and individuals are allowed to seek essential services and go out for fresh air, so long as they are socially distant. All gatherings of any size are prohibited.

Florida

All public schools have been closed until Apri 15th at the earliest. Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered the closure of all bars and nightclubs for the next thirty days after March 17th. State beaches are closed to gatherings that can’t reasonably practice social distancing. Only restaurants that can provide takeout will remain open. The Florida Keys will be closed to all visitors by March 22nd.

Georgia

All schools are closed until the end of the month at the earliest. The state hasn’t yet closed businesses, but cities like Atlanta have taken matters into their own hands by closing restaurants, bars, and other businesses that promote gatherings.

Hawaii

All restaurants, parks, nightclubs, and indoor recreational services must be closed (unless they can provide take-out only) in the city of Honolulu. Kaua’i county has issued an islandwide curfew beginning at 9 p.m. and the county of Maui has called on all nonessential actives and travel to stop, as well as non-take-out restaurants to close.

Anyone who arrives in the state of Hawaii will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Violators will be subjected to a $5,000 dollar fine and a year in prison. The mandate applies even to returning residents.

Idaho

As of March 18th, people are encouraged not to gather in groups of 10 or more per Federal guidelines. Though after a spike in cases around Idaho this weekend, stricter measures appear to be on the way.

Illinois

Mandatory gatherings of 50 or more are to be canceled or postponed. Health officials have urged residents to stay home while restaurants, bars, and schools remain closed until the end of the month at the earliest. Chicago has extended school closures until April 20th.

Starting at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday until April 7th, Illinois residents are now being told to “stay at home.” Residents may still go to grocery stores and seek essential services and may go running, hiking, or walk their dogs.

Indiana

All restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, as well as schools, are closed until further notice.

Iowa

All bars, eateries, and public gathering facilities like gyms will be closed for the remainder of the month. Gatherings of 10 or more have been banned per federal social distancing guidelines.

Kansas

Kansas was the first state to close all public schools for the remainder of the school year. Aside from that, Kansas’ response remains in flux. Dine-in services are expected to close soon.

Kentucky

Since March 19th, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has called on all mass public gatherings to be prohibited until further notice, including faith-based and sporting events, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, and any other gathering that encourages many people to congregate. All non-take-out bars and restaurants will be closed until further notice, and schools will not open until April 6th at the earliest.

Louisiana

All bars and restaurants are closed unless they can provide takeout services. All schools will be closed until April 13th.

Beginning Monday, March 23rd at 5 p.m. Louisiana is under a statewide stay-at-home order, barring all residents from any non-essential travel. CNN reports that police will break up any unauthorized gatherings. Under Louisiana’s guidelines, you may walk your pets, venture outdoors for exercise or pick up food, but may not visit friends and family with no urgent need, or work a job that isn’t deemed an “essential service.”

Maine

All gatherings of more than 10 people are currently banned. Restaurants and bars that provide dine-in services may remain open, and many schools have stopped instruction.

Maryland

Schools have been closed statewide, as well as bars and restaurants that can’t provide takeout services. Malls are closed and any event that promotes the congregation of over 10 people has been banned.

Massachusetts

Bars and restaurants unable to offer take-out services are closed until April 6th, and all gatherings of 25 people or more are banned. Schools won’t open for three weeks at the earliest. Massachusettes pharmacies are also allowed to create and sell hand sanitizer over the counter according to Al Jazeera.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, all non-essential businesses will be closed statewide. Governor Charlie Baker has advised people to stay home, but similar to Los Angeles’ stay-at-home rule, people are not ordered to stay home.

Mississippi

Due to an increase in cases over the weekend, mostly along the Gulf Coast, access to beaches has been restricted but remain open for now.

Missouri

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has banned gatherings of more than ten people.

Nevada

Nevada has closed all public schools until April 6th at the earliest, and casinos and hotels have announced a suspension of operations until further notice. All food establishments must switch to take-out only orders.

New Jersey

On Saturday, March 21st, New Jersey issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective immediately. Individuals may leave their homes to seek out essential services but must stay six feet apart from individuals that aren’t their immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners.

New York

To date, New York is the hardest-hit state with over 20,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of March 23rd. CNN reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo has called on 100 percent of non-essential workers to stay home, and any businesses not in compliance will be fined and receive a mandatory closure notice. The governor also announced a 90-day moratorium on eviction across the state. Mass transit, take-out restaurants, and other essential services remain open.

Oregon

Bars and restaurants may only offer takeout services and gatherings must be limited to 25 people maximum. Schools will be closed until at least April 28th.

Pennsylvania

As of March 23rd, Pennsylvania has issued a stay-at-home order, shuttered schools, and all non-essential businesses due to a large increase in cases over a short period. The governor has also postponed the state’s Democratic Primary from April to June.

Rhode Island

Bars and restaurants may only offer take-out services until March 30th at the earliest. Most non-essential businesses have been closed. Gatherings of over 25 are banned statewide.

South Carolina

Restaurants may only serve takeout and delivery, and all nonessential businesses have been closed until further notice.

Texas

Texas’ approach to the mitigation of the coronavirus has been referred to as a “patchwork system” according to the Texas Tribune. Governor Greg Abbott has instead given cities, counties, school districts, and universities the directive to take whatever measures they feel necessary.

Gov. Abbott has directed state agencies to provide remote work options and has restricted visitation at high-risk facilities, like nursing homes, hospitals, daycares, and jails.

Utah

Public gatherings should be limited to under 100 unless the individuals are over 60, in which case gatherings should be limited to 20 people.

Vermont

Bars and restaurants may only serve take-out services. All gatherings of 50 or more are prohibited, and schools will be closed until further notice.

Washington

Washington State was initially the hardest hit at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. All bars, restaurants, recreational and entertainment facilities have been closed until further notice. Schools will not reopen until April 27th at the earliest, and Governor Jay Inslee has called for increased restrictions on visitation rights at elderly and assisted living facilities. As of March 19th, the state has 1,376 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

West Virginia

West Virginia was the last state to be hit with the coronavirus, though a lack of widespread testing brings that into question. Schools, bars, restaurants, and casinos have been closed until further notice.

Wisconsin

All schools in the state are closed until April 6th at the earliest, and bars and restaurants may only provide takeout.

Wyoming

Schools are closed statewide until April 3rd.

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