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States Begin to Announce Dates for lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

As deaths start going down and many people itching to get out of the house and maybe rebuild the economy, several governors have taken steps to reopen their states. President Trump wants states to reopen, but acknowledges that it is up to the states on how and when to do so.

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Trump has indicated that many states can reopen by May 1, but not every state governor is ready to open up yet. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a joint Western States Pact on April 13th. They said that before states could reopen there will need to be "a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this."

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said that the more people follow the social distancing requirements, the sooner the state will loosen restrictions.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu's stay-at-home order was expected to last until May 4, and plans to make a decision whether to extend the order before that date.

It appears to be a trend that state governors will reopening if there is a sustained reduction in cases and social distancing continues to be in effect.

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