Malls, movies and more: A look at reopenings by state in US

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A food server wearing a protective face mask waits on customers at the Parkshore Grill restaurant Monday, May 4, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Several restaurants are reopening with a 25% capacity as part of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The reopening of the economy and loosening of coronavirus-prompted restrictions remain uneven and varied throughout the U.S. as governors watch case numbers and weigh caution against desires to ramp up business.

Texas, Oklahoma, and Montana are among states newly allowing restaurants to reopen. Malls, movie theaters and other venues are reopening in several states. Some states have outlined phased reopenings: North Carolina's governor said he hopes to start such a process after this week if virus trends allow.

Some states, including epicenter New York, are moving more slowly, with restrictions in place at least until May 15. In California, some counties have announced their reopening in defiance of an ongoing stay-home order.

And some states never issued stay-home orders at all.

At least 100 million Americans were in states making assertive moves to reopen, or had no stay-home orders to begin with, according to an Associated Press tally. States home to more than 210 million were taking more gradual steps or didn’t appear close to reopening.

Here's a look at where states stand on reopening.

NEW MOVES:

GEORGIA: Some malls reopened Monday, though things were far from normal with many businesses inside still shuttered and parking lots sparsely filled, as the state continued on an aggressive course to reopening. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp allowed a statewide shelter-at-home order to expire late last week. The order was already on shaky ground after restaurants and theaters were allowed to welcome customers back in with restrictions and many businesses were allowed to reopen. Georgia became a lightning rod for criticism in the national debate over reopening when Kemp allowed businesses including tattoo parlors, bowling alleys and hair and nail salons to reopen in April.