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An interactive map reveals state-by-state rules for shopping at retail stores, eating at restaurants, and wearing masks in public

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An interactive map reveals state-by-state rules for shopping at retail stores, eating at restaurants, and wearing masks in public
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  • In mid-March, 42 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico had issued stay-at-home orders. Many have eased restrictions, though 19 still have lockdowns in place.
  • This interactive map shows which states are allowing dine-in restaurants to resume operations, where retail stores are open, and which places require residents to wear masks in public.
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The majority of US states have let their stay-at-home orders expire, but they aren't all taking the same approach.

As of Friday, 30 states had lifted their stay-at-home orders, and nearly all have eased social-distancing measures. But rules about retail and restaurant operations, as well as mask-wearing requirements, vary by state.

This interactive map lets you see the patchwork of regulations across the country.

Where do you need to wear a mask?

Masks and face coverings are required in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

In Kentucky, masks are required in public, but Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentuckians will not be cited or arrested for not wear them, according to the Courier-Journal.

Some cities and counties in states without a mask rule also have local requirements. That list includes Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Gainesville, Florida. Austin, Texas, also directs residents to wear a face covering, though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says his statewide executive order nullifies enforcement of that directive.

Some states, such as Ohio and Louisiana, require essential workers, including restaurant workers, to wear protective masks as well.

Can you go to the store?

In states with stay-at-home orders in effect, non-essential businesses are shuttered. The definition of an essential business varies by location, but nonessential tends to apply to most recreational businesses. Grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies have stayed open. Museums have mostly closed. Rules about salons, construction operations, parks, and marijuana dispensaries have varied by region.

As stay-at-home orders expire, at least 42 states have begun implementing plans that allow retail to at least partially reopen. Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and Washington state have been allowing curbside pickup since early May.

Texas allowed retailers to reopen at 25% capacity. In Alabama, Alaska, North Carolina, and Tennessee, retail stores were allowed to open at 50% capacity. Indiana and Iowa reopened shopping malls at 50% as well.

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster's order allows retail businesses to be open as long as there are no more than five customers per 1,000 square feet.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey allowed retailers to open on May 8, provided that customers stay 6 feet from one another and employees.

Can you dine in at a restaurant?

Under most stay-at-home orders, restaurants were allowed to continue to sell food for takeout and delivery.

Now, many states are allowing restaurants to reopen with social-distancing measures in place, including limiting diners to outdoor seating, capping the number of diners inside a space to 25% or 50% of its capacity, and keeping dine-in experiences reservation-only.

Restaurants can reopen dining rooms at half capacity in Nebraska, while Utah's are allowed to open as long as they exercise "extreme precautions." In Alaska, restaurants are reservation-only and can only operate at 25% capacity.

This week, the CDC issued guidelines to help business owners decide whether or not to open restaurants and bars Thursday. Employers must be able to ensure their organization can protect employees who are at high risk.

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