Alaska becomes 1st state to fully reopen

ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth reports from Alaska as it attempts to return to life pre-pandemic.
2:20 | 05/23/20

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First state to fully reopen Alaska. It's been the least affected by the virus and so people are allowed to pretty much go about life just as it was before the pandemic hit but there are some exceptions are can't whitworth is there. And has this report. And Alaska the governor has opened up this state moving into phases three and four simultaneously. At means businesses across the last frontier can open at 100%. Capacity. So restaurants salons a retail stores even Jen and some owners I spoke with say it couldn't happen soon enough. I think it's I think it's a physical. Person to person being Healy been up to deceive them workouts got. I've not been able to do I don't isn't that well it's. And it's fantastic. I truly fantastic I feel like a personal trainer again. I don't feel like a business owner trying desperately to pay the bills. With only ten deaths Alaska has seen far fewer cases than any other state business owners who have been shut down for months say they've earned the right to open back up. In Anchorage the most populated city in the state the mayor is taking it slow. There's no back to normal Dan and there's no the way things were before there's there's some things are going to be different and we ought to know that we ought to prepare for that. He says they will move in to face three on Monday and hopes that the businesses that typically rely on tourism can survive. Nearly 40% saying they're not sure they'll be able to open back up. And here in nearby Wasilla where some people drive for three hours one way to city their grocery shopping. They can now do that without any restrictions but state and local leaders warn if they see a rise in case numbers. Some restrictions might have to go back into place. My worst nightmare is with. We have to go backwards if I had to go from phase three Ford died down a phase one how do you do that. I mean a lot of fuel been waiting for this happen and in this area all of go to numbers are too high you need to go back called. That scares me they know how do we control it you know you are relied her body out but he can't catch him from back again. And now the things are up and running here at the big question is will people come back. Kid whitworth ABC's live Wasilla Alaska. Our thanks to Canaan for that.

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