Thirty one states begin to reopen

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(This article was originally published on nytimes.com)

After weeks of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation has begun to slowly open up.

Beaches and state parks are reopening to visitors, spurring concerns about overcrowding. The first barbers have returned to work, masks over their faces. Some restaurants are getting ready to serve customers again.

About half of the states have begun to reopen their economies and public life in some meaningful way, though health experts have expressed concern that a premature opening could lead to a spike in coronavirus infections that would not be detected in official case counts for weeks. Many areas are still seeing cases grow, and the number of known deaths related to coronavirus in the United States has passed 67,000.

The New York Times is tracking when orders to stay at home are lifted in each state, as well as when broad reopenings are allowed in public spaces, such as restaurants, retail stores, salons, gyms and houses of worship. In some cases, stay-at-home orders are lifting separately from restrictions on businesses.

Businesses are almost universally reopening under restrictions, such as allowing fewer customers, requiring workers and customers to wear masks and enforcing social distancing. Even as governors lift orders, stricter local orders may remain in place by city or county.

Click here to see where openings are occurring by state.

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