State authorities are gradually lifting the quarantine and reopening businesses.
Experts believe that the increase in human contact could trigger a new wave of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by an extremely contagious virus that has already killed more than 54,300 Americans.
Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, and Tennessee will join other states that have begun an experiment to restart the economy in the absence of infrastructure for testing and tracking contacts, which experts say is necessary to prevent a new surge in infection.
Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska, and South Carolina have already taken steps to restart the economy of post-month quarantines imposed by the authorities.
Against the background of scattered protests against restrictions on leaving the house, which took place across the country, the number of detected cases in the United States as of Sunday exceeded 940 thousand.
New York and other states have extended the restrictions until mid-May. New York reported 367 new fatalities, the lowest since March 30. The state’s Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that construction and manufacturing plants will be the first to resume operations if precautions are taken and if the incidence continues to decline.
The other states, mostly with Republican governors, are taking a more aggressive approach.
Authorities in Tennessee announced the reopening of restaurants on Monday. On the same day, the quarantine in Mississippi ends.
Montana, which reported three new cases on Sunday, will allow businesses to resume operations on Monday if they limit capacity and comply with social distance standards.
Meanwhile, Minnesota will allow some companies to resume operations on Monday. This will allow 80-100 thousand people employed in industry, manufacturing, or in-office positions to return to work.
In Colorado, Democratic Governor Jared Polis gave the green light to retail delivery, which will begin on Monday. Hairdressers and tattoo parlors will be able to open on Friday, followed by retail stores, restaurants, and cinemas.
Royal Rose is opening her tattoo studio in Greenlee, Colorado, after a month-long hiatus, not because she wants to, but because of the need to pay mounting bills.
“I would stay at home if the government encouraged it, but they don’t encourage it, they say it’s best to go back to work, even though it can be risky,” says 39 – year-old Rose.
But easing restrictions in most states will not be uniform. For example, Denver extended the quarantine until May 8, but residents can go to a barbershop in a neighboring County.
Georgia has banned municipalities from imposing stricter restrictions than state laws.
Eight States did not impose restrictions on leaving the house: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
Several polls have shown that Americans, both Republicans, and Democrats, in the majority would like to stay at home to protect themselves from the coronavirus, despite the negative economic consequences.