There’s been a lot of debate about whether or not the United States should ‘reopen’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Whichever side of the fence you might be on, I think that we can all agree that there’s a certain way that things can and should be done to save lives. Reopening can be done well—but it takes a lot of effort and creativity.
We have a unique insight into how the US could be reopened and what the new normal could look like. From social distancing circles in a park in Brooklyn to see-through separators at bars and designated waiting areas at coffee shops, these reopening measures might become something we see everywhere in the US. Scroll down and upvote your fave safety measures, dear Pandas!
As of May 20, every single state that had imposed a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order has begun lifting the coronavirus quarantine restrictions that were put in place on businesses and public spaces, in one form or another, CNN reports.
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Of course, each state is lifting restrictions differently. So while some states allow people to go back to restaurants, offices, and places of worship in all counties, others are more careful about this.
For instance, the stay-at-home order in Alabama expired on April 24 and retail stores, hair salons, libraries, gyms, and bars are all reopened. However, California is going a different route by opting for regional reopenings. In California, since May 12, restaurants and shopping centers have been reopening bit by bit. But only in counties that meet the required criteria.
New York is doing things similarly to California by going for limited regional reopenings from May 15. The reopenings are limited to partial construction, manufacturing, and curbside retail but don’t include “major aspects of public life,” according to The New York Times. Beaches should also be reopening soon, but it’ll be a while before the state goes back to normal. New York has been especially hard-hit by Covid-19.
There have been 353k confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New York and 22.8k people have died. 195k of those infected were in New York City and nearly 15.8k of those who died lived there as well. The US has more than 1.58 million coronavirus cases in total and 301k people have recovered from the illness.