Who’s Doing What to Reopen Their Economies
North Dakota was one of only seven other states who did not issue broad state-at-home orders. But through executive order Governor Burgum reduced operations or closed certain business sectors where social distancing would be difficult to achieve, like bars, restaurants, hair salons/personal care facilities, and movie theaters. That all changed starting Friday with a new executive order issued on April 29 that would allow most of these businesses to reopen with strict restrictions. Governor Burgum issued his ND Smart Restart guidelines for businesses to follow. Those industries mandated to close beginning on March 20 that are now opening, must follow these guidelines. Industries that are continuing operations are also encouraged to follow these guidelines.
Re-opening the economy has been referred to as turning a dial more than just flipping a switch. Many states are taking varying approaches on how to re-open and our neighboring states are no different.
South Dakota, much like North Dakota, never issued a stay-at-home order. On April 28th, South Dakota issued its Back to Normal Plan. Overall it will not significantly impact the state because no significant business closures were issued.
Montana issued a stay-at-home order but has been quick to initiate phases to reopen the economy. Retail was able to open April 27, restaurants and bars on May 4, and schools may resume on May 7 if they choose.
Minnesota was another state that issued broad sweeping stay at home orders. Minnesota recently extended its stay at home orders until May 18. Although Governor Walz extended the order, he loosened some restrictions and will allow retail establishments to do curbside pick-up starting May 4 with additional safety precautions.
Click here for a complete list of reopening plans for states that is regularly updated.