US states with the fewest Covid restrictions
August 13, 2020 at 9:32 am

A sign pictured at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s gondola on Saturday, March 14, 2020, outlines public health guidelines about social distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19. Photo by Liz Copan / Summit Daily News via AP Photo

With many states delaying the later phases of their reopening or even bringing back restrictions they already lifted due to spikes in Covid-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos and audio files.

To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. The data set ranges from whether the state has any penalties for non-compliance with Covid-19 legislation to whether the state has required face masks in public and health checks at restaurants. Below, see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

States with the Fewest Restrictions  States with the Most Restrictions 
1. South Dakota 42. Colorado
2. Utah 43. Arizona
3. Oklahoma 44. Vermont
T-4. Idaho 45. Oregon
T-4. Wyoming 46. Texas
6. Iowa 47. New Jersey
7. Wisconsin 48. Massachusetts
8. North Dakota 49. North Carolina
9. Arkansas 50. Pennsylvania
10. Georgia 51. California

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Biggest Changes in Rank from the Previous Report

  • Nevada moved from 24 to 14, up 10 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has fully reopened bars.
  • Maryland moved from 39 to 32, up 7 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has lifted all restrictions on large gatherings and that the state still has no work from home requirements or recommendations.
  • Kentucky moved from 25 to 38, down 13 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state prohibits large gatherings of 10 people or more, has new service limits for restaurants and has newly closed bars.

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