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The United States is on the move again: cell phone data shows how states disappear from the lockdown

Cell phone data shows how states are lifting their blockade with Texas, which reopened for the first time, with a 40 percent increase in driving and a 10 percent increase in New Yorkers for a walk over the weekend.

Charts based on requests for directions at Apple Maps shows how a growing number of people in all major cities are leaving their homes to go for walks, drive and use public transport.

Americans in about half of the U.S. states, led by Texas and Georgia, started to get out of house arrest on Friday. And while California and New York insisted on company closings and other restrictions imposed in light of the pandemic data of the coronavirus, civilians are also on the move.

In Michigan, where there have been widespread protests against lockdown orders, there was a 50 percent jump in driving data in mid-April compared to this weekend.

And in Georgia, at least 60 percent more people were on the road this weekend compared to mid-April.

About half of the U.S. states, accompanied by some local jurisdictions, have at least partially lifted shutdowns as the number of new COVID-19 cases began to decline or level off.

Governors are under pressure from citizens pushing for restrictions to be eased, as data from the United States Department of Labor this week showed that about 30 million Americans have claimed unemployment benefits since March 21.

Georgia has gone the furthest in reopening its economy so far, and almost every company in the state is free to reopen on Friday. Republican governor Brian Kemp’s movement is being watched by the federal government and other states to see if the number of cases in Georgia is increasing.

Trump’s top pandemic adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said earlier this week that he was concerned about reopening states and communities pending a timeline recommended by the White House.

And White House adviser, Dr. Deborah Birx says social distances will be with Americans all summer.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warns of a “different way of life” until there is a widely available vaccine – perhaps only next year. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, “There is no return to life yesterday.”

As of Sunday, more than 1.1 million Americans have been infected with the virus; the death toll is 67,173.

Alabama

Cases: 7,611 Deaths: 288

Alabama stores will reopen from April 30 with a reduced capacity of 50 percent. Beaches are reopened, but residents must adhere to social distance, including not gathering in groups of 10 or more.

Mobile phone data shows that since then the number of people driving through the state has passed the baseline.

Restaurants and bars are still limited to takeout only. Other businesses, including theaters, night clubs, fitness centers, hairdressers, hair and nail studios will remain closed.

The updated order expires May 15.

Alaska

Cases: 365 Deaths: 9

Reopening of restaurants, shops, hair and nail studios and other companies from April 24. As the number of people driving in the state has gone back to pre-lockdown numbers, according to the new data.

Under the new rules in some areas in Alaska, restaurants will reopen, but are limited to 25 percent capacity and there must be 10 feet between tables and only family members can sit at the same table.

Salons in Alaska may only accept customers by appointment.

Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, which is home to about 40 percent of its residents, won’t ease restrictions until Monday.

California

Cases: 53,655 Deaths: 2,194

California has also seen protests against Governor Gavin Newsom’s sweeping home orders, which remain completely in place, and crackdown on beachgoers who have defied these restrictions.

Newsom put in a conciliatory tone in his daily comments about the pandemic on Friday, when he first told Californians that while the state may be just a few days away from lifting some rules, residents now have to stay strong.

“If we can keep the line and keep doing good work, we will come much sooner,” said the Democratic Governor.

Colorado

Cases: 16,225 Deaths: 832

The Colorado governor says that surgery and delivery to the curb can begin on April 27. Hairdressing salons, dental offices and tattoo shops can also reopen that date with restrictions.

Other stores may reopen from May 4 with restrictions on social distance. Large workplaces can be reopened on May 4 with a capacity of 50%.

Restaurants and bars are still limited to takeout only.

The state’s home stay expires on April 26, but residents are still being urged to stay home whenever possible. The final guidance for reopening will come later this week.

Georgia

Cases: 28,330 Deaths: 1,177

Georgia has gone the furthest in reopening its economy so far, and almost every company in the state is free to reopen on Friday. Republican governor Brian Kemp’s movement is being watched by the federal government and other states to see if the number of cases in Georgia is increasing.

Illinois

Cases: 58,505 Deaths: 2,559

Home order until April 30th with a limit of 10 people at meetings

Non-essential companies limited to minimal operations or working remotely; bars and restaurants are limited to takeout.

Iowa

Cases: 8,643 Deaths: 175

No home order, but there is a limit of 10 people at meetings.

As of May 1, restaurants can open 50 percent, but no more than six people at one table.

Shopping centers, fitness centers, libraries and shops can be opened for 50 percent.

Horse and dog tracks can be reopened without spectators.

All other companies will remain closed until May 15.

Maine

Cases: 1,153 Deaths: 56

Maine is the first state in the Northeast to partially reopen its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The state will allow some businesses – including drive-in theaters, barbershops and hair salons, dog hairdressers, and car dealers – to reopen from Friday.

Current restrictions, including no gatherings of more than 10 people and 14 days of quarantine for out-of-state visitors, still apply.

The state currently has 1,000 infections and 51 deaths.

Michigan

Cases: 43,207 Deaths: 4,021

President Donald Trump added pressure on the governors on Friday, urging Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to compromise with activists protesting her request to extend emergency powers to combat COVID-19.

“The governor of Michigan has to give something and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal, ” Trump tweeted.

Minnesota

Cases: 6,232 Deaths: 394

In Minnesota, only businesses that don’t interact with the public can reopen from April 27.

It includes those in industrial, manufacturing and office environments. Shops must remain closed.

The state’s home birth continues until at least May 3.

Entertainment and concert halls remain closed, and bars and restaurants are limited to takeout only.

Mississippi

Cases: 7,441 Deaths: 291

Ten more people have died from the new coronavirus in Mississippi, bringing the state’s death toll to at least 291, state health officials announced Saturday.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 229 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the state’s total to 7,441. Friday, nearly 400 new cases were reported across the state – the highest one-day increase since the pandemic started.

As the number of cases continues to rise, the state health department is warning those who have been tested and are still waiting for results to stay at home.

“Stay at home in a specific room and avoid contact with other family members as much as possible,” the department said. “These steps are important to prevent the possible spread of disease.”

Meanwhile, some cities are announcing the end of their mandatory curfew as the pandemic grew.

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “Fofo” Gilich announced on Friday that the city’s curfew – from 11pm – 5am – would end on Sunday morning. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said the city’s curfew ended at 5:00 PM. Friday.

And in Hattiesburg, Mayor Toby Barker has signed an order requiring people entering companies to wear masks to help slow the spread of the virus.

“The advantage of a mask is that if everyone wears them, we protect each other,” said Barker.

New York

Cases: 319,449 Deaths: 24, 303

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo opposed what he called premature demands on Saturday, that he should reopen the state, saying that he knew people were struggling without a job, but that more understanding of the new corona virus was needed.

Cuomo said he needed much more information about what the pandemic was doing in his condition, most severely affected by the disease, before loosening the restrictions to curb its spread.

“Even if you’re in unfamiliar waters, that doesn’t mean you’re going blindly,” he said. “Use information to determine action – not emotions, not politics, not what people think or feel, but what we know in terms of facts.”

Ohio

Cases: 19,335 Deaths: 1,022

Governor Mike DeWine called on Friday for Ohioans to stay together as the state slowly reopens, underscoring a point he made several times in recent days: that it is possible to restart the economy while keeping people safe .

He said his message is anchored in the name of Friday’s new order extending the state’s closure to May 29, the “Stay Safe Ohio Order.”

“We can stay safe, we can protect each other, we can protect our most vulnerable, and at the same time get people back to work,” said the Republican governor.

As he sets out his reasoning, criticism from both sides of the debate is growing about when to return to normal. Some claim that he is destroying the economy by refusing to immediately open all businesses, while others claim that he is risking lives by going too fast.

Oklahoma

Cases: 3,851 Deaths: 238

Oklahoma experienced its first weekend of a reopened economy during the coronavirus pandemic, as residents were allowed to return to restaurants, mall, and other stores.

State health officials reported eight new deaths and 103 new infections on Saturday, even as tempers flared up in some parts of the state about existing restrictions.

In Stillwater, city officials amended a local emergency statement on Friday after companies reported being threatened by customers who did not want to be forced to wear masks to enter.

The changes now make masks for optional customers instead of mandatory, although they are still highly recommended. Employees still have to wear them.

south carolina

Cases: 6,489 Deaths: 267

People in South Carolina flocked to state parks and beaches on Saturday as the state prepares to end the coronavirus home order.

The parks reopened on Friday after more than a month and many reported full parking spaces. Picnic shelters, playgrounds, and interpretive museums remain closed, and rangers required social distance and other protective measures.

Beach webcams showed hundreds of people sunbathing, playing soccer or football on the Grand Strand on Saturday, a day after hotels along the beach were allowed to reopen to those with existing reservations.

Texas

Cases: 31,140 Deaths: 865

Texas on Friday began a phased reopening of businesses that closed more than a month ago, with restaurants, shops, and malls allowed to open with a 25% capacity. A second phase is scheduled for May 18 if the infection rate continues to decline.

Across Texas, major employers made plans to return personnel to their offices.

Tennessee

Cases: 12,661 Deaths: 209

Tennessee, which had already announced it would not renew its home order after April 30, has now drawn up the state restriction lifting plan.

Companies in most countries are allowed to reopen on April 27.

Shops, which will reopen from April 29, and restaurants operate with a customer capacity of 50 percent. Many of Tennessee’s 56 parks open on Fridays.

Companies can expect temperature controls, forced mask wear and social distance.

Large cities like Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville can decide for themselves when they reopen.

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