Just a few months after the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) brought everyday life to a halt, dozens of states are introducing plans to reopen their economies. That includes reopening certain businesses like nail salons, hair salons, and beauty retailers that were forced to temporarily close their doors back in March in order to slow the spread of the virus.
The state of certain nonessential retailers is largely dependent on where they are located, and while many are still grappling with having limited access to hairstylists and other beauty professionals, the question still remains on where beauty supply stores fall into the equation. Ahead, we've compiled a state-by-state breakdown of when you can expect these retail stores to open their doors again as stay-at-home orders slowly begin to lift around the country.
After the state's stay-at-home order expired on April 30, Alabama adopted a "safer at home" order that was effective until May 15. Retail stores are now allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, and customers are advised to stay six feet away from each other.
Alaska's stay-at-home order expired on April 24. Retail businesses were given the option to reopen, so long as they operate at 25 percent capacity and with no more than 20 customers inside at once.
On April 29, Arizona's stay-at-home order was extended through May 15. Retailers have been allowed to reopen at reduced occupancy and are required to enforce physical distancing.
A statewide stay-at-home order was never issued in Arkansas, but gyms, fitness centers, and indoor athletic facilities were allowed to reopen on May 4. Retailers will likely follow soon, operating at reduced occupancy.
Beginning on May 8, some retail stores were allowed to open for curbside pick-up, though it's unclear if beauty supply stores are included in the list of businesses.
Colorado began easing restrictions on May 1, with retailers allowed to reopen their businesses at 50 percent capacity. Business owners were also advised to enforce physical distancing requirements in stores, provide face masks and gloves to employees, and monitor employees' symptoms.
Connecticut is currently under a statewide stay-at-home order until May 20. Beauty supply stores remain closed.
Delaware's statewide stay-at-home order expired on May 15. Governor John Carney announced on May 5 that there are plans in place to allow certain businesses in the state to reopen, but it's unclear whether retailers and beauty supply stores are among them.
Florida's stay-at-home order expired on April 30, and most businesses, including retailers and beauty supply stores, were allowed to reopen at limited capacity beginning on May 4.
Georgia's shelter-in-place order also expired on April 30, allowing malls and other businesses like hair and beauty stores to reopen.
After being issued on March 25, Hawaii's stay-at-home order has been extended until May 31. Retailers and shopping malls in Maui were allowed to open on May 11, though it's unclear if beauty supply stores are included.
On May 1, Idaho entered the first of Governor Brad Little's four-stage plan to reopen the state. Childcare facilities and churches have been allowed to reopen, while retailers such as beauty supply stores remain closed at this time.
Though its stay-at-home order will end on May 30, Illinois recently entered a five-phase reopening plan. The first phase allowed nonessential businesses to open for curbside pickup and delivery on May 5. That includes retailers like beauty supply stores.
Indiana's stay-home order was lifted for most of the state on May 4, and retail stores were allowed to resume business.
A stay-at-home order was never issued in Iowa, though malls and retail stores were permitted to reopen at limited capacity on May 1 in 77 of the state's 99 counties.
Retailers and restaurants were allowed to reopen after Kansas's stay-at-home order expired on May 3. Business owners are still encouraged to enforce physical distancing rules.
Retail businesses in Kentucky will be allowed to reopen on May 20 in the first phase of its plan to reopen the state.
Louisiana's stay-at-home order ended on May 15, though many retail stores remain closed.
Governor Janet Mills extended Maine's stay-at-home order to May 30, and nonessential retail stores will remain closed.
Maryland's stay-at-home order was issued on March 30 with no official end date. Nonessential retailers, like beauty supply stores, were allowed to reopen on May 15 with orders to operate at reduced capacity.
The stay-at-home order in Massachusetts is set to expire on May 18. A plan to reopen the state and certain businesses has not yet been revealed.
Michigan's stay-at-home order will stay in effect until May 28. As of right now, retail stores are open for curbside pickup.
Minnesota's stay-at-home order was set to end on May 4, but was recently extended to May 17. Retail businesses like beauty supply stores are open for curbside pickup and delivery.
Mississippi's stay-at-home order expired on April 27, and the "safer-at-home" phase lasted until May 11. Most retailers were allowed to reopen and operate at reduced capacity, and many employees are encouraged to wear masks and/or facial coverings.
Missouri reopened its economy on May 4, though many businesses that have been allowed to reopen are encouraged to continue following social distancing guidelines.
Retailers in Montana were allowed to reopen on April 27. That said, we recommend checking the status of individual beauty supply stores first.
Nebraska never issued a stay-at-home order, but the state's retail stores remain closed at this time.
Nevada's stay-at-home order expired on May 9. Retail stores have since opened though people in the state are still being encouraged to stay home.
New Hampshire's stay-at-home order has been extended to May 31, though retailers were allowed reopen their doors on May 11.
At this time, New Jersey's stay-at-home order doesn't have an effective end-date. Most nonessential retailers remain closed, though some are offering curbside pickup.
New Mexico's stay-at-home order expired on May 15. Retail stores are currently open for curbside pickup and delivery.
The state's current stay-at-home order expires on May 28, though it may be extended in areas where the infection rate is still high.
North Carolina's current stay-at-home order will expire May 8. Retail stores will be allowed to resume business in the first phase of its reopening plan.
An official stay-at-home order in North Dakota was never issued, though most nonessential businesses were closed in the state until the end of April. Many nonessential businesses were allowed to reopen on May 1.
Retail stores in Ohio were allowed to resume operations on May 13, but the state's stay-at-home order remains in effect until May 30.
Oklahoma never mandated an official stay-at-home order, but the state plans on reopening in phases. It's not clear if retailers and beauty supply stores are included in phase one or two of the plan.
Oregon's stay-at-home order, which was issued on March 23, officially ended on May 15. Many nonessential businesses have since been allowed to reopen.
Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order expired on May 8, and the state plans on reopening in three phases: red, yellow, and green. Retailers won't be allowed to reopen and allow in-person shopping until the state enters the yellow phase, which is expected in late May.
Restrictions in Rhode Island began to lift on May 9, and retailers were allowed to reopen with restrictions in place.
Retail stores were permitted to open in South Carolina on April 20, with safety restrictions in place.
A stay-at-home order was never issued in South Dakota, though a "back-to-normal" plan is being put into place to help businesses and retailers determine when they can reopen.
Tennessee's stay-at-home order expired on April 30, and beauty supply stores have since been able to resume business.
Retail stores in Texas were allowed to reopen at reduced capacity on May 1. Check with your local beauty supply store for safety measures.
Some small retailers in Utah have already reopened, although an official statewide stay-at-home order was never issued.
Vermont's stay-at-home order expired on May 15, though it looks like retail stores will remain closed for now.
Virginia's stay-at-home order extends through June 10, though retail stores and other nonessential businesses were allowed to reopen on May 15.
Washington's stay-at-home order expired on May 4, and a "Safe Start Washington" plan will begin in order to help the state restart its economy in phases. Retailers are currently open for curbside pickup, but in-person shopping will not resume until phase two begins.
West Virginia is also planning to reopen in phases, and retailers will begin to open in mid-May with restrictions in place.
Wisconsin's stay-at-home order has been extended to May 26, and nonessential retail stores remain closed.
A statewide stay-at-home-order was never issued in Wyoming, though retail stores throughout the state are still closed. Restrictions began to ease on May 1, so they may reopen soon.
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