Alaska is set to be one of the first US states to begin loosening business restrictions on Friday.
"We're looking at, potentially, a new beginning," said Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy at a news conference on Thursday. He also encouraged residents to leave town if they wanted to, since movement restrictions will also be lifted.
"You can get in your car and go for a ride," he said.
Under the loosened restrictions, restaurants can resume table service but are limited to 25% capacity with 10 feet (3 meters) between each table. Only family members can sit together. Salons will accept customers by appointment only.
The city of Anchorage, where 40% of the state's residents live, is putting off the looser restrictions until Monday.
Dunleavy did warn that people shouldn't expect a quick return to ordinary life. "We're preparing for a world in which we have to incorporate this new disease into our daily lives," he said.
He also acknowledged that opening up the economy is likely to involve more spread of the virus.
"Unfortunately, there will be deaths, as there have been with car accidents and cancers and strokes," he said.