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Which States Have the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions?

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The response across the United States to coronavirus containment has been varied, to say the least. New York and California led the way early on with strict lockdowns, business closings, and mask requirements, and other states followed gradually. As the situation has evolved, all states have at least partially reopened, a WalletHub study finds, but the country is still not back to business as usual — and many states have put a hard pause on easing restrictions further until there's more progress against fighting COVID-19. Here's how the states rank across 17 metrics of  coronavirus restrictions such as mask requirements, bans on large gatherings, and reopening of schools, bars, and restaurants with service limits such as outdoor seating only or reduced capacity. States are listed from most restrictive to least restrictive.

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51. Hawaii (Most Restrictive)

Mask in public: Required 
Large gatherings: Banned; gatherings allowed for up to five
School restart: State-ordered regional closing in effect
Restaurants: Limited dine-in or other service limits
Bars: New service limits imposed

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50. California (2nd-Most Restrictive)

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Banned (all gatherings)
School restart: State-ordered regional closing in effect
Restaurants: Closed except for takeout/delivery or newly closed to dine-in service
Bars: Closed 

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Norfolk Virginia
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Boston
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48. Massachusetts

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limited to 25 or fewer participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Limited dine-in or other service limits
Bars: Closed 

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Young boy with Covid mask in Seguaro National Park, Arizona
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47. Arizona

Mask in public: Required for certain employees
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Limited dine-in or other service limits
Bars: Closed

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Bar Harbor in Acadia national Park, Maine
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46. Maine

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed

Denver
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44. Oregon

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Banned; gatherings allowed for up to 10 indoors
School restart: State-ordered regional closing in effect
Restaurants: Limited dine-in or other service limits
Bars: New service limits imposed

Pittsburgh
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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42. New Jersey

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limited to 25 or fewer participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed 

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41. District of Columbia

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: State-ordered regional closing in effect
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed

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Hartford, Connecticut
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40. Connecticut

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limited to 25 or fewer participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed 

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First Ward Park in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina
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38. North Carolina

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limited to 25 or fewer participants
School restart: Hybrid or remote instruction only
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed 

Somerset, KY
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37. Kentucky

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Banned; gatherings allowed for 10 or fewer
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Limited dine-in or other service limits
Bars: New service limits imposed

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35. Washington (tie)

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Banned; gatherings allowed for up to five
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Limited dine-in or other service limits
Bars: Closed 

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San Antonio
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34. Texas

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Banned; gatherings allowed for up to 10
School restart: State-ordered in-person instruction, part-time or full-time
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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32. Rhode Island

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limited to 25 or fewer participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: New service limits imposed

Lewes, Delaware
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Minneapolis
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30. Minnesota

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Banned; gatherings allowed for up to five
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

New Hampshire
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29. New Hampshire

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

Montana
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28. Montana

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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27. West Virginia

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limited to 25 or fewer participants
School restart: State-ordered regional closing in effect
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25. Maryland

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

Pensacola Beach, Florida
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24. Florida

Mask in public: Required for certain employees
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: State-ordered in-person instruction, part-time or full-time
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed 

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Indianapolis
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23. Indiana

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

New Orleans
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22. Louisiana

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Closed

Nashville, Tennessee
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21. Tennessee

Mask in public: City and town officials set policy
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

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20. Illinois

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

Marysville, Kansas
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19. Kansas

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, Mississippi
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18. Mississippi

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Banned; gatherings allowed for up to five
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: New service limits imposed

Cincinnati, Ohio
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17. Ohio

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: Limited to 25 or fewer participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: New service limits imposed

Las Vegas
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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15. South Carolina

Mask in public: City and town officials set policy
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Limited dine-in or other service limits
Bars: New service limits imposed

Mobile, Alabama
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14. Alabama

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Anchorage Alaska
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13. Alaska

Mask in public: Required for certain employees
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Columbia Missouri
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12. Missouri

Mask in public: No action
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Boise, Idaho
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11. Idaho

Mask in public: No action
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

Atlanta
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10. Georgia

Mask in public: Required for certain employees
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

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9. Nebraska

Mask in public: Required for certain employees
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

Madison, Wisconsin
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8. Wisconsin

Mask in public: Required
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

North Dakota, Bismarck
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7. North Dakota

Mask in public: No action
Large gatherings: Never banned
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Casper, Wyoming
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5. Wyoming

Mask in public: Required for certain employees
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Des Moines Iowa
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4. Iowa

Mask in public: City and town officials set policy
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: State-ordered in-person instruction, part-time or full-time
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Oklahoma
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3. Oklahoma

Mask in public: No action
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Reopened for limited dine-in
Bars: Fully reopened

 Salt Lake City, Utah
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2. Utah

Mask in public: Required for certain employees
Large gatherings: Limit expanded to more than 25 participants
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Fully reopened
Bars: Fully reopened

Rapid City, South Dakota
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1. South Dakota (Least Restrictive)

Mask in public: No action
Large gatherings: All restrictions lifted
School restart: Varies by school/district
Restaurants: Never closed
Bars: Fully reopened