KEY POINTS

  • All 50 states in the United States have reopened after easing lockdown restrictions
  • Connecticut was among the last to reopen
  • The state will allow residents to visit retail shops and eat outdoors
  • Hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to operate on June 1

All 50 states in the United States have started reopening their community and economy as lockdown tension caused by COVID-19 began to ease.

Connecticut was among the last to embrace the “new normal,” with officials taking things one step at a time. Its first phase, which will start Wednesday, will allow residents to visit retail shops and eat outside at their favorite restaurants.

The state’s outdoor museums and zoos will also resume its operations, allowing their employees and offices to return to work, said the Washington Post.

Many people remain wary of returning to cafes and restaurants Many people remain wary of returning to cafes and restaurants Photo: AFP / Miguel MEDINA

Hair salons and barbershops on the other hand will have to wait until June 1 for them to start receiving customers. The rescheduling came after Governor Ned Lamont heard salon and barbershop employees telling him that they “needed more time to prepare.”

As for restaurants, the governor pointed that the establishments can open provided that they operate at “limited capacity” and to make residents feel comfortable of being able to eat out again.

“Maybe they’ll go back if it’s outside only – waiters wearing a mask, waiters wearing gloves. And maybe a month from now, then they’ll feel more comfortable about going inside, assuming all the protocols have been followed,” said Lamont, through the outlet.

Gyms, nail salons, tattoo parlors and wellness centers in Connecticut will have their reopening guidelines sent to them at a later date, reported ABC News.

In a virtual press conference Tuesday, Lamont described the reopening as “slow and methodical” as the state and the rest of the county are still in the cusp of rebuilding amid the pandemic caused by the virus.

“There is a balance and there’s nothing that is risk-free. I think we can proceed on a very thoughtful basis with those businesses that are least likely to be dangerous and most likely to have a real economic value for the state,” said the governor.

The state of Alaska meanwhile reopened on another level. Governor Mike Dunleavy said Tuesday that business restrictions will be lifted by the end of the week. This would allow restaurants, bars, gyms and other businesses to return "to full capacity." Sports and recreational activities will also be allowed, while social distancing procedures and the wearing of face masks would be recommended but not required.

Travelers visiting Alaska would still be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine, while visits to senior homes and prisons would still be restricted. The hosting of large gatherings will only be allowed after consulting with public health officials, said the New York Times.