Florida reopens: New safety requirements come as infections surge
All 50 states are now in various stages of reopening, but the process looks very different from place to place. Here's what the "new normal" looks like around the country as America continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
On June 22, Florida topped 100,000 coronavirus cases for the first time, with many of the new cases appearing in younger, asymptomatic people, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Rising numbers have led cities to impose new safety rules: Masks are now required in public in Miami as of June 22.
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Texas reopens: Rebelling against mask requirements
On June 3, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott banned local governments from requiring masks, though many county judges have put mask requirements in place without the governor's opposition.
On June 22, Abbott said he knows "some people feel wearing a mask is inconvenient and an infringements of freedom," however, "I also know that wearing a mask will help keep Texas open."
Here, a protester holds up a sign at the Texas State Capitol building on April 18 in Austin.
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Texas reopens: While some bars reopen, others re-close
Arnaldo Richard's Picos Restaurant in Houston has installed clear dividers to curb the spread of coronavirus following its reopening, seen here on May 4, 2020.
But with a surge of new coronavirus cases -- Texas averaged 3,500 positive cases per day in late June, an increase from the 1,500 daily cases the state saw in early May -- some restaurants are opting to close again. At least a dozen restaurants in Houston have temporarily shut down due to the virus.
New York reopens: Voting during the "new normal"
Democracy lives, even in a pandemic. On June 23, New York voters went to the polls in the state's primary, with many locations reporting higher-than-expected turnout.
Here, Bowman poses for a photo with a supporter in Mount Vernon, NY.
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Kentucky reopens: Few polling locations, but few problems
Kentucky saw historic turnout in its primary June 23, even as the number of polling locations was significantly reduced. This photo shows the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, the only polling location in Jefferson County. Few people had to wait in line, however, as 868,000 of the state's voters had requested absentee ballots.
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Maryland reopens: A weird way to hit the bar
Some businesses are coming up with creative ways to enforce social distancing guidelines, including Fish Tales, a restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland. These wheeled "bumper tables," created by Revolution Event Design & Production, are crafted to allow people to practice social distancing while eating and talking.
California reopens as new infections continue to rise
Despite California's rising coronavirus numbers -- on June 22, the state had more than 5,000 new daily cases for the first time -- the Golden State continues to reopen.
Increased safety measures are in place. California mandated the use of masks in public spaces on June 18, and many businesses are requiring temperature checks, as seen here at Paramount Pictures Studio in Los Angeles June 12.
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California reopens: A new encampment for the homeless
San Francisco has opened its first "Safe Sleeping Village" near its city hall, seen here on May 18, 2020. The temporary encampment for the homeless to shelter in place provides bathrooms, showers, hand-washing stations and 24-hour security.
Nevada reopens: Gamblers return to Las Vegas
Las Vegas casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4 with social distancing restrictions. The Excalibur Hotel & Casino, seen here, became the fourth MGM Resorts International property to reopen on the Las Vegas Strip when it welcomed gamblers June 11.
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Virginia reopens: This restaurant replaced customers with mannequins
Virginia restaurants were set to open for in-person dining on May 29, provided they operate at 50% capacity. The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia, is using mannequins to fill its empty seats — and keep patrons properly distanced upon reopening.
New York reopens: A new way to enjoy NYC parks
Following problems with overcrowding in the weekend prior, New York City has added social-distancing circles to Brooklyn's popular Domino Park, seen here on May 18, 2020.
Texas reopens: The PGA Tour looks a lot different these days
The PGA Tour resumed its season on June 8 in Fort Worth, Texas, but things looked quite a bit different. The Charles Schwab Challenge tournament was played without spectators, while players, caddies and essential personal underwent on-site COVID-19 testing.
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Texas reopens: What getting a haircut looks like now
Customers are separated by clear partitions while the staff wears protective face masks at Bella Rinova hair salon in Houston on their first day back, May 8, 2020.
Mariachi Mexicanisimo play for diners at Casa Rio after it reopened in San Antonio on Monday, May 18, 2020. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that bars could reopen on May 22, 2020, at 25% capacity, while restaurants can operate at 50%.
Maryland reopens: The state returns to the shore
Craig Morland and his dog, Izzy. celebrate the first day of eased coronavirus restrictions by hitting the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, and ordering a large bucket of Thrasher's fries on May 9, 2020.
Georgia reopens: A manicure behind a plexiglas wall
Surin Nguyen, wearing protective gear behind a plexiglass partition, works on the nails of a customer at the Allure Nail Bar in Atlanta, Georgia, on its reopening day, April 24, 2020. Hair and nail salons are permitted to operate if they follow safety protocols.
Florida reopens: People flock to the beach in Clearwater on opening day
People visit Clearwater Beach on May 4, 2020, the day Florida Governor Ron DeSantis opened state beaches, restaurants, retail stores and some parks.
California reopens: No sitting on the beach
Visiting the reopened beaches of Southern California comes with several requirements: You need to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and must stay active, as these visitors are being informed in Santa Monica on May 13, 2020.
South Carolina reopens: The new normal at the Apple store
Here, a security guard checks a temperature before a masked shopper enters the Apple Store in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 13, 2020. This is one of just under 100 Apple Stores to have opened nationwide.
Still, the city is making itself safer for those who leave the house, including shutting down certain streets to vehicle traffic to allow for social distancing while walking, as seen here on May 4, 2020.
Kansas reopens: Families return to the zoo
Lauren Thiessen looks at a giraffe with her daughter, Evie Thiessen, 6, after coronavirus disease restrictions were lifted at the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kansas, on May 14, 2020.
Visitors to the zoo are encouraged to buy tickets online to reduce contact. Only 500 guests are being allowed in at a time to allow for social distancing.
Georgia reopens: Tattoo parlors are back in business
People crowd the Seaside Heights boardwalk as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy reopens state beaches and boardwalks on May 16, 2020. New Jersey's reopening comes with restrictions: Visitors must stay active, and cannot sit or lay on the beach.
South Carolina: Customers head back to the mall
Here, small business owner Birl Hicks talks with a customer at Columbia Place Mall on April 24, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. Per order of Governor Henry McMaster, occupancy is limited to five customers per 1,000 square feet of retail space or 20% capacity, whichever is less.
Louisiana reopens: Smaller crowds on Bourbon Street
In Ohio, manufacturing plants were given the blessing to reopen on May 4, 2020 by Governor Mike DeWine, but some have been slower to come back online.
Here, assembly technicians wear protective face masks as they assemble axles at a Dana Inc. assembly plant in Toldeo, Ohio, on May 18, 2020.
California reopens: Even the lifeguards wear face masks
A lifeguard wears a face mask on Santa Monica beach on the day Los Angeles County reopened its beaches, which had been closed due the coronavirus pandemic, on May 13, 2020, in Santa Monica.
Texas reopens: Worship in the time of COVID-19
Texas reopened churches on May 1, 2020, provided they adhere to new safety guidelines, but many chose to stay closed longer. Christ the King Catholic Church in San Antonio, for example, opened for services on May 19, 2020, per San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller.
Mississippi reopens: Getting ready to hit the gym
The city of Jackson, Mississippi, allowed gyms and fitness centers to open with new safety protocols, occupancy restrictions and daily sanitation requirements, on May 15, 2020. Here, Terry Sullivan, general manager of Fondren Fitness, wipes down and sanitizes benches spaced 6 feet apart.
Washington reopens: Golf courses return with new restrictions
Golfers check in via speakerphone at The Golf Club At Newcastle on May 5, 2020, following the easing of phase 1 coronavirus restrictions in Washington state.
Florida reopens: Dine-in service returns, but with big changes
Linda Silvetti serves Scott Harrington as the Floridian restaurant opens on May 18, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale.
Florida reopens: A weird reminder of a new world
Though face masks are not required to visit Miami beaches or retail stores — and are definitely not required for large animal statues — Lazaro Quintana places a mask on a decorative rooster in his Havana Classic cigar shop on May 19, 2020, as businesses reopen.
Florida reopens: Come in, but keep your distance
Here, Quintana (R) and Vilma Perez measure out 6 feet between tables in the cigar shop before allowing customers inside on May 19, 2020.
New York reopens: Making sure visitors keep their distance
Here, New York Police Department officers monitor social distancing efforts in Domino Park in Brooklyn on May 16, 2020.
Indiana reopens: What getting a haircut looks like now
Georgia reopens: Getting lunch amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Dan Krisman (L) and Mark Bartlett eat lunch at Roasters on April 27, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. Roasters is open for dine-in service with social distancing and sanitation protocols in place like limiting capacity.
Florida reopens: Decontaminating in Fort Lauderdale
Here, Edwin Britto sprays a decontaminating fog on a restaurant's tables and chairs prior to its reopening on May 18, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale. This business, along with others in Broward County, were shut for approximately two months during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio reopens: This is what dentistry looks like now
Dentists in Columbus, Ohio, are seen wearing face masks and face shields as they reopen on May 1, 2020. Elective surgeries are also allowed under Ohio's phase one guidelines.
Nevada reopens: Here's what gambling in the new normal looks like
Though Las Vegas casinos remain closed, work is being done to make them safer for visitors when they do reopen. The El Cortez Hotel & Casino, for example, has installed acrylic dividers on tables, offering a barrier between players and dealers.
Texas reopens: Tanning salons are back in business
An employee sanitizes a tanning bed before use at the Glo Sun Spa in Houston on May 8, 2020.
New Jersey: With in-store shopping restricted, curbside pickup is king