Chart: The states by when restaurants have reopened and COVID-19 death rate

Note: As of this writing, North Carolina restaurants are expected to be “allowed to reopen” with restrictions on Friday, May 22.


Data sources
Reopenings: The New York Times (May 20), Eater (May 19), OpenTable (May 18)
COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people: Statista (May 20)

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