Coronavirus US States Reopening on May 4, 2020
On May 4, 2020, the state of Arizona has 8,640 COVID-19 cases and 362 deaths. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is extending his stay-at-home order until May 15. However, retailers can open for delivery, curbside, and pickup orders on May 4. So you will not be allowed to eat inside any restaurants for Cinco de Mayo.
As of May 4, 2020, the state of Arkansas has 3,372 COVID-19 cases and 72 deaths. Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, will allow gyms, fitness centers, and indoor athletic facilities to reopen on May 4. However, anyone who has been to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Orleans is not allowed in these places. Furthermore, restaurants will not reopen for limited dine-in service until May 11. As such, restaurants will only be allowed to operate at 33 percent capacity with groups limited to ten people or less. Thus, you can plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home.
Out of these ten US States, Florida has the largest populated state at 21 million people. The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is 35,463, and the number of deaths 1,364. Governor Ron DeSantis allow the reopening of the following businesses in Florida except in the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach.
On May 4, restaurants are allowed to operate indoors at 25 percent capacity and outdoor with six-foot space between tables. So you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Florida restaurants. However, movie theaters, bars, gyms, and personal services, such as barbers, will remain closed. Moreover, the Florida Keys will not reopen for visitors until at least June.
Kansas has 5,030 COVID-19 cases, 134 deaths, and Governor Laura Kelly’s stay-at-home order will expire May 4. As a result, businesses that can maintain at least six feet of distance between consumers can begin the transition back to work. Restaurants are allowed to reopen while keeping at least six feet between customers. So you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Kansas restaurants. Furthermore, childcare facilities and libraries can also reopen.
However, the following businesses will remain closed:
- Personal services (massage, hairdressers, etc.)
Minnesota has 6,228 COVID-19 cases and 395 deaths as of May 4, 2020. Governor Tim Walz has extended his stay-at-home order until May 18. However, Gov. Walz will allow businesses to offer curbside pickup and delivery starting May 4. So you can pick up your tacos for Cinco de Mayo, but you will have to eat them at home.
Business guidelines require companies to develop and post a plan of safe operation, use contactless payments (credit cards that use radio frequency identification or RFID technology or iPhone with Apple Pay). Furthermore, businesses must follow social distancing and minimize contact with customers. Thus, salons and barbershops are not allowed to provide services but may conduct retail sales (sell products).
As of May 4, 2020, Missouri has 8,154 COVID-19 cases and 351 deaths. Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s stay-at-home order expired on May 3 and will reopen on May 4. All Missouri businesses may reopen as long as six feet of social distancing can be maintained. Retail stores are limited to 25 percent capacity. So you can celebrity Cinco de Mayo inside your favorite Mexican restaurant in Missouri.
On May 4, 2020, Nebraska has 5,326 COVID-19 cases and 76 deaths. Nebraska is one of the states which has not issued a stay-at-home order. However, Governor Pete Ricketts will relax several Coronavirus rules on May 4.
First, restaurants are allowed dine-in service at 50 percent of normal capacity. So you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a Nebraska Mexican restaurant. Secondly, salons, massage, and tattoo parlors will be limited to ten people at a time, and everyone must wear face coverings. Lastly, houses of worship will be allowed to meet in-person with six feet of separation. Bars and indoor theaters will remain closed until May 31.
Ohio has 19,335 COVID-19 cases and 1,021 deaths as of May 4, 2020. The stay-at-home order in Ohio will remain in place until May 29. However, starting May 4, manufacturing, distribution, and construction companies may reopen. Furthermore, general offices may also open, but businesses should have people work at home when possible.
Vermont has 886 COVID-19 cases and 51 deaths as of May 4, 2020. Governor Phil Scott has extended his “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order until May 15. However, Gov. Scott will get the following residents back to work on May 4.
Manufacturing, construction, and distribution businesses can operate with ten or fewer people starting May 4. So you will need to stay home to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Vermont.
US States to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Restaurants
The following US States allow you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo inside Mexican restaurants:
I recommend you cook Mexican food and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home. Alternatively, you can order Mexican take-out or have it delivered. Many Americans celebrate this Mexican culture by drinking some Coronas. If you choose to drink, please drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
Furthermore, the Mayo Clinic reports “too much alcohol on a single occasion” can cause health problems, including a weakened immune system. As a result, if you get COVID-19, you will have an increased risk of pneumonia. Therefore, please drink in moderation. If you do become ill, you can use telehealth to limit the risk of Coronavirus exposure and the spread of the virus.
All States have access to Medicare Telehealth
During the Coronavirus pandemic, seniors who use Medicare telehealth can see a doctor from the safety of their home. For example, you can have an e-visit using an online patient portal without going to your doctor’s office. With the reopening of your state, more people will spread the Coronavirus, so please stay safe and “may the fourth” be with you.