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The following study was published by WalletHub, and is reprinted with permission:

With spikes in COVID-19 leading some states to pause their reopening processes and some local areas to close down, the personal-finance website WalletHub today 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 18 key metrics. Our 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, you can 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. New Mexico
2. Wisconsin 43. Vermont
3. Oklahoma 44. Arizona
4. Utah 45. North Carolina
5. Iowa 46. Texas
T-6. Idaho 47. Colorado
T-6. Wyoming 48. Massachusetts
8. South Carolina 49. Pennsylvania
9. Arkansas 50. New Jersey
10. North Dakota 51. California

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, July 20 2020.

Biggest Changes in Rank from the Previous Report

  • New York moved from 45 to 29, up 16 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state only advises high-risk groups quarantine and has expanded large gatherings to a new limit above 25.
  • Maine moved from 45 to 32, up 13 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has lifted all stay-at-home mandatory restrictions.
  • Pennsylvania moved from 28 to 49, down 21 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has a new limit on large gatherings of 25 or below, has limited dine-in service and has newly closed bars.

CLICK HERE to view the full report and your state’s rank.

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  1. And we aren’t getting numbers from Europe any longer! I have a friend who has a hotel in Scotland. It’s up and running. So what about Italy? Google it. It spiked and now it’s almost normal. We are in the midst of the biggest “illusion” ever!

  2. Take Arkansas off the “least list”…. we just went to masks required everywhere, and probably on our way to a full lockdown


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