Where All 50 States Stand On Reopening Our Industry


Although a few states have begun reopening their businesses and embracing the new normal, 97 percent of the country remains under stay-at-home orders. Where does your state stand?

First, check your state reopening status here, care of our friends at the Professional Beauty Association. This PDF will be updated regularly.

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Secondly, the below information was reported on April 27, 2020. Please note that individual situations may have changed. 

According to a report on CNN.com, many state government officials are turning to science and health experts rather than politics to choose when to reopen the economy. Wondering when you might be able to get back to the salon? Here’s the latest from CNN on where states stand in their plans to reopen:


Gov. Kay Ivey says the existing stay-at-home order will remain in effect until April 30.


Gov. Mike Dunleavy allowed personal services businesses and restaurants in most parts of Alaska to reopen April 24, but with restrictions. Hair salons can only admit customers by reservation. Restaurants will have to keep distances between tables and can’t exceed 25% of their normal capacity.


Gov. Doug Ducey says the stay-at-home order will remain in effect until April 30. Elective surgeries can resume from May 1.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he plans to open specific businesses over the next few weeks. If those openings go well, social distancing protocols continue to be adhered to and the number of Covid-19 cases doesn’t go up, the state will open up even more businesses on May 4.


Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order on March 19 that has no set end date. However, the state will begin allowing scheduled surgeries.


Gov. Jared Polis said the state’s stay-at-home order will be replaced April 27 by a “safer at home” phase, in which residents still are urged to stay home as much as possible. High-risk populations, such as the elderly, are asked to stay home except when it’s absolutely necessary to leave.


Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont extended the mandatory shutdown in the state until May 20. But, Lamont said more testing is needed so the state can reopen by that date.


Gov. John Carney issued a statewide stay-at-home order that will remain until May 15 or until the “public health threat is eliminated.” Carney said the state will consider reopening its economy only after seeing 28 days of declining Covid-19 cases.

District of Columbia

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser extended a stay-at-home order until May 15.


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order for Floridians until April 30.


Gov. Brian Kemp started to ease restrictions April 24. Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, estheticians and massage therapists were able to reopen April 24, with certain rules.


Gov. David Ige issued a stay-at-home order for Hawaii residents that will last through at least April 30.


Gov. Brad Little amended his order April 15 to allow for some businesses and facilities to reopen for curbside pickup, drive-in and drive-thru service and for mailed or delivery services. It is now effective through the end of the month.The governor issued an “Order to Self-Isolate” which will expire on April 30 unless extended.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he is modifying the state’s stay-at-home order on May 1 through May 30 based on modeling that has analyzed the data from the last two months.


Gov. Eric Holcomb on April 17 extended the stay-at-home order through May 1.


Gov. Kim Reynolds has not declared a stay-at-home order. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency on March 17, ordering all nonessential businesses to close until April 30. On Monday, April 27, Reynolds has announced that 77 of Iowa’s 99 counties can reopen restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores and enclosed malls at 50% capacity beginning May 1.


Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay-at-home order, which has been extended until May 3.


Kentucky will begin phase one on April 27, which will include restarting diagnostic, radiology, non-urgent, in-person, office and ambulatory visits. Gov. Beshear had issued a “Healthy at Home” order March 25 that is in effect indefinitely. Kentucky will try to ease restrictions each week for four weeks starting May 11.


Governor John Bel Edwards issued new guidelines for the state and eased some restrictions while extending the stay at home order until May 15.


Gov. Janet Mills issued a “Stay Healthy at Home” executive order through at least April 30. Mills extended the state’s civil state of emergency until May 15.


Gov. Larry Hogan began to introduce his state’s reopening plan April 24.


Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all nonessential businesses to close facilities until May 4.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 24 extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15 — but also relaxed restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating.


Gov. Tim Walz says he will allow some businesses to reopen, beginning April 27. This will allow 80,000 to 100,000 people in the industrial, manufacturing and office settings to go back to work.


Gov. Tate Reeves signed a new “safer-at-home” executive order that will take effect on April 27 for two weeks and will take the place of the state’s shelter-in-place order that will expire on Monday.


Gov. Mike Parson on April 16 extended the stay-at-home order through May 3.


Gov. Steve Bullock has announced a gradual and phased reopening of the state beginning April 26 for individuals, and extending to businesses April 27.


Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Friday that a number of coronavirus rules will be relaxed across the state starting on May 4. Nebraska is one of the states that has not issued a stay-at-home order to help limit the spread of coronavirus nationwide.


Gov. Steve Sisolak says, “we are clearly not ready to open.”

New Hampshire

Gov. Chris Sununu issued a stay-at-home order until May 4.

Sununu told reporters on April 16 that he’ll decide on whether to extend the order before May 4. Sununu extended the State of Emergency to May 15.

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy issued a stay-at-home order on March 21 that has no specific end date.

New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the state’s stay-at-home order to May 15.

New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a “New York State on PAUSE” executive order which took effect on March 22. Nonessential businesses are ordered to stay closed until May 15.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper extended a stay-at-home order, now set to go through May 8. On April 23, Cooper said the state could open in three phases after May 8, if coronavirus cases continue to trend downward:

North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum says the White House’s guidelines to reopen are “inputs” and the decision to reopen resides with the state.


Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide stay-at-home order that will remain in place until May 1. He said April 16 that on that date the state will begin the first phase of reopening.


Gov. Kevin Stitt allowed some businesses to reopen on April 24. Restaurants, dining rooms, movie theaters, sporting venues and gyms will reopen the following week, May 1, if they maintain “strict social distancing and sanitation protocols.”


Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order directing Oregonians to stay at home that “remains in effect until ended by the governor.” Hospitals, surgical centers, medical offices, and dental offices that meet requirements for Covid-19 safety and preparedness will be able to resume non-urgent procedures on May 1.


Gov. Tom Wolf wants to reopen the state in three phases beginning May 8th. The phases will be broken down into three colors red, yellow and green, and will follow the data, according to Governor Wolf. He had issued stay-at-home orders across the state until April 30.

Rhode Island

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued an emergency declaration extending the state’s stay-at-home order to last until May 8.

South Carolina

Gov. Henry McMaster announced that at 5 p.m. on April 20, some retail stores will be allowed to open, including those selling furniture, books, music, flowers, clothing and accessories, as well as department stores, sporting goods stores and flea markets. They will be allowed to open at 20% capacity, or 5 people per 1,000 square feet.

South Dakota

Gov. Kristi L. Noem has not issued a stay-at-home order.


Gov. Bill Lee said restaurants were allowed to open as of Monday, April 27, and retail outlets on Wednesday, April 29, at 50% capacity.


Gov. Greg Abbott, who had ordered all Texans to stay home through April 30, announced on April 27 the first phase of the state’s plan to safely reopen Texas. An updated decision will be made closer to May 18.


Gov. Gary Herbert extended the state’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive through May 1. Schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. Utah has not issued a stay-at-home mandate.


Gov. Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order that has been extended until May 15. Scott on April 17 outlined a five-point plan to reopen the state while continuing to fight the spread of the coronavirus during a news conference.


Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order effective until June 10.


Gov. Jay Inslee extended Washington’s stay-at-home order until May 4. West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice, who issued a stay-at-home order in late March, introduced on April 27 “The Comeback Roadmap,” a three-part phased outline of what re-opening his state will look like.


Gov. Tony Evers has extended his state’s stay-at-home order to expire May 26, according to a statement from the governor’s office.


Gov. Mark Gordon submitted a request asking for a federal disaster declaration for Wyoming on April 9. Wyoming is one of the states without a stay-at-home order.

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