Prayer #35: For the States that Are Beginning to Remove Some Coronavirus Restrictions
As of today, there are nineteen states that have begun to remove some of their Coronavirus restrictions. The degree of reopening, as one might expect, varies considerably from state to state:
Alabama: Beginning April 30, all retail stores will be open at 50% capacity; beaches will reopen for gatherings of no more than ten per group; elective medical procedures will be allowed.
Arizona: Beginning May 1, elective medical procedures allowed.
Colorado: Beginning April 27, retail businesses with curbside delivery allowed to reopen; elective medical procedures permitted to resume; businesses such as personal training and dog grooming allowed to reopen with social distancing.
Florida: Beginning April 30, significant reopening steps will be taken. These will be announced later today.
Georgia: Beginning April 24, movie theaters and restaurants reopened; salons, barbershops, and gyms reopened.
Idaho: Beginning May 1, places of worship, daycare centers, youth activities, and camps allowed to reopen.
Illinois: Beginning May 1, hospitals will resume non-life-threatening surgeries; outdoor recreation will resume; greenhouses and garden centers allowed to reopen; non-essential retail reopened for pickup and delivery.
Indiana: Beginning May 1, there will be some things that are now closed reopening; official word will come in the next day or so.
Iowa: Beginning May 1, restaurants, retail, malls, and fitness centers allowed to operate at 50% capacity; events allowed with up to 10 people; worship services can resume with social distancing.
Mississippi: Beginning April 27, most retail allowed to reopen at 50% capacity; restaurants allowed to reopen take-out service; gyms and salons not allowed to reopen.
Montana: Beginning April 26, retail reopens; churches can resume services; restaurants reopening on May 4.
New Jersey: Beginning May 2, state parks, county parks, and golf courses reopening, with social distancing.
North Dakota: Beginning May 1, all closed businesses can resume with social distancing, with guidelines varying for restaurants, gyms, barbershops, and salons.
Ohio: Beginning May 1, medical procedures without an overnight stay can resume, including dentists and veterinarians; general office environments permitted to open on May 4.
Oklahoma: Beginning April 24, personal care businesses can reopen with social distancing; beginning May 1, restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters, sports venues, gyms, and places of worship allowed to reopen.
Pennsylvania: Beginning May 1, some outdoor recreation allowed, including guided fishing trips; golf courses, marinas, and privately owned campgrounds allowed to reopen.
Tennessee: Beginning April 27, restaurants allowed to open at 50% capacity, and retailers reopening on April 29; workers at both of these to wear masks and follow federal guidelines for hygiene.
Texas: Beginning May 1, retail stores, movie theaters, and restaurants reopening at limited capacity; museums and libraries reopen on May 1 at 25% capacity; barbershops and salons remain closed.
Vermont: Beginning April 27, outdoor businesses, construction operations, and recreation maintenance can operate with no more than 5 workers per location; manufacturing and distribution operations, and interior construction of uninhabited structures can resume with no more than 5 employees per location; outdoor retail space reopening with no more than 10 people shopping at any given time; farmers markets reopening May 1 with restrictions.
Wisconsin: Beginning April 29, non-essential businesses can do curbside drop-off of goods and animals, allowing dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, and others to reopen; recreational rentals and car washes permitted to reopen.
Pray for these 19 states that are in various stages of re-opening. Pray for continued wisdom, especially for the governors of these states as they continue to roll out re-opening steps. Pray that as these steps are taken, cases of COVID-19 would continue to decrease nonetheless. Pray also for the other states where Coronavirus restrictions remain in place-that the governors of these states would know when the right time to begin re-opening is.
James 5:13: "Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray."