Wondering When Spas Will Reopen Post-Coronavirus? Check This State-by-State Guide
Ever since stay-at-home orders started rolling out in different states across the country in March, we've been wondering when life will return to normal and businesses will be able to reopen their doors — especially those deemed nonessential and unable to operate online like hair salons, spas, and nail salons. Not only have customers been unable to access their services (resulting in many people adapting at-home methods), but the closures have also put many professionals out of work for the last few months.
Experts say we're not out of the woods just yet, but some states that have either seen a decline in the number of new coronavirus cases or never had mandates to begin with have let their social-distancing orders expire and announced reopening plans.
Where businesses like spas fit in with these reopening plans varies drastically depending on the state. If you're wondering when spas will reopen in your area, we've compiled a list of the current orders for each state below.
Stay-at-home orders in Alabama expired on April 30, but a new order with fewer restrictions has been put in place until May 15. While places like beaches and retail stores have been able to reopen if they follow social distancing rules, spas are still closed.
Alaska eased its restrictions on nonessential businesses in most parts of the state on April 24. This includes spas, but establishments are required to operate at a lower capacity.
Arizona's stay-at-home order has been extended to May 15. While retail stores will be allowed to reopen under strict physical distancing orders on May 8, spas remain closed.
While several social-distancing restrictions have been in place, Arkansas was never under an official stay-at-home order. Limited reopenings for select businesses like spas began on May 6.
California has been under a stay-home order since March 19, and while some retailers may be allowed to reopen for curbside pickup, spas are still closed.
Colorado's "safer at home" order is in effect until May 27 but select businesses have been able to reopen in phases. Spas, however, are still not permitted to open their doors.
Connecticut's stay-at-home order is in effect until May 20. Until that date, spas will remain closed.
Delaware started its stay-at-home order on March 24 and it will continue until May 15. No announcement has been made on when spas are allowed to reopen.
Floria's stay-at-home order expired on April 30 allowing select businesses to reopen, but spas are still closed.
Georgia's stay-at-home order expired on April 30 and spas have been allowed to reopen with restrictions in place.
Hawaii has eased up on its stay-at-home orders and is now calling it a "safer-at-home" plan, which will continue until May 31.
On May 1, Idaho entered the first stage of its reopening plan. Places like spas fall under the second phase, and as of right now, are still closed.
Illinois announced a five-phase plan to reopen. Spas fall under phase three, which is slated to begin at the end of May.
Indiana's stay-at-home order expired on May 1 and is currently in stage one of reopening. Spas will be able to reopen on May 11 by appointment only.
Iowa never had a statewide stay-at-home order and partial reopenings have been announced in select counties. Spas will be able to reopen as of May 15 at a lower capacity.
On May 4, Kansas's stay-at-home order expired but businesses where there is "close contact" (like spas) will remain closed.
An indefinite "healthy at home" order has been in effect in Kentucky since March 26. Spas may be allowed to reopen at a limited capacity starting May 11.
Louisiana extended its stay-at-home order until May 15 and at this time, there is no update as to when spas will reopen.
A four-stage reopening plan is underway in Maine, but the stay-at-home order in the state has been extended until May 31. Places like hair salons were allowed to resume business as of May 1, but it is unclear if this also applies to spas.
Maryland announced a reopening plan on April 24, but nonessential businesses will remain closed until further notice.