North Dakota Will Begin to Reopen Starting on May 1

On Wednesday night, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum issued new guidelines for the state's business restrictions, suggesting that they will end on May 1.

In a statement released by his office, Burgum extended the state's business restrictions for an additional 10 days, with the end to these restrictions coming on April 30, "and outlined a path forward for them to reopen."

While North Dakota remains one of the few U.S. states that has not imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, they have enforced social distancing measures such as closing schools and different businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to the statement, the businesses listed under the extended restrictions include recreational facilities, health clubs and athletic facilities, theaters, "bars and restaurants except for take-out, delivery, curbside and drive-through," as well as salons, barber shops and tanning and massage facilities.

In order for the state to reopen after the 10-day extension terminates on April 30, Burgum outlined a number of different tasks that must be completed. These include, "robust," widespread testing and contact tracing, targeted, effective quarantine, protection for the state's vulnerable populations, sufficient health care capacity, adequate protective equipment for healthcare workers and the public, plans for dealing with a possible resurgence of coronavirus cases and to develop "a new standard operating procedures for reopening."

According to the governor's statement, some of the aspects that make up the new standard operating procedure include "daily disinfection procedures, mandatory health and hygiene protocols for employees, discontinued use of shared items, limiting the number of customers allowed into the business at one time and requiring that masks be worn inside the business."

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum
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Burgum's plan to begin reopening the state on May 1 aligns with the plan recently mentioned by President Donald Trump. On Tuesday night, Trump said that he was planning to ask all 50 governors across the country to implement "a very powerful reopening plan of their state in a time and manner as most appropriate."

The president added that more than 20 states are in "extremely good shape," and could open their economies, "maybe even before the date of May 1."

Despite Burgum's plan to reopen the state on May 1, the number of coronavirus cases in North Dakota continues to rise. According to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 365 confirmed cases in the state as well as nine deaths.

Across the U.S., there are over 640,000 confirmed cases and over 31,000 deaths.

Newsweek reached out to Burgum's office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.