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In Photos: What It Looks Like To Reopen the Economy

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Every state that implemented a stay-at-home order had begun to loosen restrictions by May 20 — but what exactly that looks like varies from state to state. Some states have opened up restaurants, offices and places of worship — typically with social distancing rules still in place — while others are still asking residents to stay at home as much as possible. As of May 22, only 11 states, along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., still had active statewide stay-at-home orders, according to NPR.

Because of the varying rules and restrictions in place among states — and even among cities within the same state — reopening the economy looks vastly different across the U.S.

Last updated: May 22, 2020

Pictured: Circles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line San Francisco’s Dolores Park, May 21, 2020.

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Miramar, Florida -- May 18

Customers can be seen dining on the first day at Freze N nitro creamery; ice cream is being served by owner Edward Gassed and 10-year-old daughter Olivia for the reopening for indoor dining on May 18 in Miramar, Florida. The store opened approximately two months after shutting its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Broward County starts the first phase of the state’s coronavirus pandemic reopening plan, which includes openings with certain restrictions of businesses like barbershops, hair salons, restaurants and retail stores.

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San Francisco -- May 21

Rectangles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco’s Civic Center.

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Miami -- May 19

A Miami Police officer guards the line of the people who are going to receive bags of hot food, cooked in local restaurants, in Little Havana, Miami, Florida, May 19, 2020. In order to relieve the population that lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Miami, together with local restaurants, organizes hot food distribution in several points of the city.

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Washington -- May 19

Metro riders on a train leaving Metro Center Station during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Washington, DC, May 19, 2020. During the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Metro will require riders on all trains and buses to wear face masks.

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Los Angeles -- May 16

Los Angeles County beaches reopened recently for ocean activities and exercise with restrictions: Gathering, sitting and sunbathing are NOT allowed and at least six feet physical distancing required. Face coverings are mandatory when out of the water and around others. Bike paths remain closed. Los Angeles County has over 37,000 confirmed cases and over 1,800 deaths from COVID-19.

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Coral Springs, Florida -- May 18

Ricky The Barber takes the temperature of a customer prior to cutting his hair at The Man Cave Salon & Spa as barbershops, nail salons and restaurants reopen in accordance with Broward County’s phase one during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

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Commerce, Texas -- May 18

Some of the equipment is turned off to keep social distancing on the machines inside at Anytime Fitness Gym in Commerce, Texas, May 18, 2020. Gyms are allowed to reopen in the state of Texas.

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New York -- May 17

People are seen practicing social distancing in white circles in Domino Park, during the COVID-19 pandemic on May 17, 2020, the in Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Atlanta -- May 18

People wait in line to cast their ballots as early voting begins for three primaries and elections, at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in Atlanta, May 18, 2020. Three primaries delayed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, including Georgia’s presidential preference primary, are included in the June 9, 2020, election. The spread and containment efforts of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions to daily life across the globe.

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Brooklyn, New York -- May 19

School employee Luz Carlson hangs a sign over pictures of the graduating senior class displayed on the fence at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York, May 19, 2020. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, schools in New York City have been closed since March and many high schools around the region, including James Madison HS, are holding virtual graduation ceremonies.

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Alexandria, Virginia -- May 17

People ignore stay at home and social distancing.

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New York -- May 17

The Naked Cowboy seen in Times Square during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Aventura, Florida -- May 18

Salon 21 begins to open today as phase one is in place in certain areas of Miami. Dade County begins phase one with safety precautions put in place in Aventura, Florida.

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Los Angeles -- May 18

Kiara Hernandez, graduate of Cajon High School, poses for a photo outside TCL Chinese Theatre, in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

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Miramar, Florida -- May 18

Juana’s Latin Sports Bar & Grill bartenders preparing a drink for a customer. Juana’s reopened for indoor dining on May 18 in Miramar, Florida. The six-year-old family-owned restaurant with 30-plus employees reopened approximately two months after shutting its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic and lost over $300,000 of revenue during that time; as Broward County starts the first phase of the states coronavirus pandemic reopening plan, which includes openings with certain restrictions of businesses like barbershops, hair salons, restaurants and retail stores.

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New York -- May 18

People fail to maintain social distancing as they pose with the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Los Angeles -- May 18

Security guard, at left, stands in front of a coronavirus-themed mural in the arts district of Los Angeles.

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Aventura, Florida -- May 18

Cleaners are getting ready for retail stores to open. Dade County begins phase one with safety precautions put in place in Aventura, Florida.

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New York -- May 16

A statue of a child wearing a face mask and a spiderman mask contains a note of thanks to medical and essential workers outside Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan Island in the United States.

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Coral Springs, Florida -- May 18

A nail salon employee works on a customer through a plexiglass shield at KC Nail Spa as barbershops, nail salons and restaurants reopen in accordance with Broward County’s phase one during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

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Los Angeles -- May 18

Birthday cake sits among celebrity handprints outside TCL Chinese Theatre during its 93rd birthday celebration in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

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New York -- May 17

People exit Central Park wearing face coverings in New York, May 17, 2020. New York City remains the epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts -- May 18

Nearly 250 portraits of the seniors of Marlborough High School are on display on the lawn of the Frank D Walker Building in Marlborough, Massachusetts, May 18, 2020. With the remainder of the school year canceled, schools around the commonwealth are looking for alternate methods of honoring the high school senior class of 2020.

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New York -- May 18

A long line of people wait to pick up donated food being distributed to those in need at the General Grant Houses in New York, May 18, 2020.

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Aventura, Florida -- May 18

Salon 21 begins to open today as phase one is in place in certain areas of Miami. Dade County begins phase one with safety precautions put in place in Aventura, Florida.

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New York -- May 16

People observe social distancing as they stand in line at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs on the Coney Island boardwalk during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Los Angeles -- May 16

Beachfront shops reopen along the Venice Broad walk. Los Angeles County beaches reopened recently for ocean activities and exercise with restrictions: Gathering, sitting and sunbathing are NOT allowed and at least six feet physical distancing required. Face coverings are mandatory when out of the water and around others. Bike paths remain closed. Los Angeles County has over 37,000 confirmed cases and over 1,800 deaths from COVID-19. 

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New York -- May 17

People adhere to social distancing guidelines in Central Park in New York, May 17, 2020. New York City remains the epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

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Los Angeles -- May 16

Neighbors react as musician Adam Chester performs during his weekly neighborhood concert called ‘Quaranchella’ amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Sherman Oaks, Northwest of Los Angeles, May 16, 2020. Adam Chester, who earned the title of the ‘Surrogate Elton John’ for singing and playing the rock star’s parts at rehearsals, organizes these weekly concerts for his neighbors and to raise money for ‘The Man/Kind Project.’

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Gabrielle Olya contributed to the reporting for this article