How States Battle Coronavirus
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Is Your State Doing Enough to Combat the Coronavirus?

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How States Battle Coronavirus
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Social Distancing

As the nation grapples with the spread of the coronavirus, many states are ramping up efforts to reduce transmission by enforcing social distancing. In some states, that has included leaders issuing mandatory stay-at-home orders; bans on all large gatherings; and closure of non-essential businesses. In other states, the approach has been less comprehensive. Using recently released Kaiser Family Foundation data and news reports, Cheapism took a closer look at how each state is trying to keep a lid on the coronavirus pandemic.

Note: State policies continue to evolve daily. The data covers state mandates; some cities and municipalities have enacted social-distancing orders at the local level.

Saundra Latham also contributed to this story.

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Birmingham, Alabama
Kruck20/istockphoto

Alabama

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (25 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Anchorage, Alaska
Chilkoot/istockphoto

Alaska

Stay-at-home order in effect? High-risk groups only
Non-essential businesses closed? In select locations
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Arizona
Davel5957/istockphoto

Arizona

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Hot Springs, Arkansas
zrfphoto/istockphoto

Arkansas

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Ventura, California
Jon Bilous/shutterstock

California

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (all gatherings)
Schools closed? Yes (not officially mandated, but an effect of stay-at-home order)
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Richard Bittles/istockphoto

Colorado

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Connecticut
pabradyphoto/istockphoto

Connecticut

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (50 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Delaware
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

Delaware

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (50 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Best for Active Lifestyles: Washington, D.C.
Bumblee_Dee/istockphoto

District of Columbia

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Florida
Art Wager/istockphoto

Florida

Stay-at-home order in effect? High-risk groups only
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Worst: Augusta, Georgia
traveler1116/istockphoto

Georgia

Stay-at-home order in effect? High-risk groups only
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? No (limited on-site service allowed)

Hawaii
okimo/istockphoto

Hawaii

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Boise, Idaho
peeterv/istockphoto

Idaho

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes 
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes 
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout, drive-thru, and delivery allowed)

Chicago
JaySi/istockphoto

Illinois

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (all gatherings)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Indiana
Wislander/istockphoto

Indiana

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (all gatherings)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Iowa
LarryLindell/istockphoto

Iowa

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? No
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Kansas
LawrenceSawyer/istockphoto

Kansas

Stay-at-home order in effect?  Yes (beginning Monday, March 30 at 12:01 a.m.)
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? No (limited on-site service allowed)

Louisville, Kentucky
traveler1116/istockphoto

Kentucky

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Non-essential retail only
Large gatherings ban? Yes (unspecified "mass gatherings")
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Louisiana
lucentius/istockphoto

Louisiana

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Maine
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

Maine

Stay-at-home order in effect? No 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? No
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Baltimore, Maryland
f11photo/shutterstock

Maryland

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Boston Common, Boston
Jorge Salcedo/shutterstock

Massachusetts

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Detroit
pawel.gaul/istockphoto

Michigan

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (all gatherings)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Minneapolis
StevenGaertner/istockphoto

Minnesota

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes 
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Mississippi Delta Great River Road, Mississippi
Dan Thornberg/shutterstock

Mississippi

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? No

Missouri
TriggerPhoto/istockphoto

Missouri

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Billings, Montana
peeterv/istockphoto

Montana

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Omaha, Nebraska
Davel5957/istockphoto

Nebraska

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? In select locations
Schools closed? In select locations
Bars and restaurants closed? In select locations

Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
Cybernesco/istockphoto

Nevada

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

New Hampshire
juliaf/istockphoto

New Hampshire

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Jersey City, New Jersey
Ultima_Gaina/istockphoto

New Jersey

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Now: Santa Fe, New Mexico
benedek/istockphoto

New Mexico

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

New York
Eloi_Omella/istockphoto

New York

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (take-out and delivery only)

Raleigh, North Carolina
traveler1116/istockphoto

North Carolina

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes (beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m.)
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

North Dakota
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

North Dakota

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Ohio
Davel5957/istockphoto

Ohio

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Majestic_Aerials/istockphoto

Oklahoma

Stay-at-home order in effect? High-risk groups only
Non-essential businesses closed?  Yes (in counties where COVID-19 cases have been reported)
Large gatherings ban? Yes 
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? In select counties (takeout and delivery allowed)

Portland, Oregon
4nadia/istockphoto

Oregon

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Philadelphia
Pgiam/istockphoto

Pennsylvania

Stay-at-home order in effect? In select locations only
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? No
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Rhode Island
SeanPavonePhoto/istockphoto

Rhode Island

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes 
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes 
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

South Carolina
traveler1116/istockphoto

South Carolina

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (50 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

South Dakota
Wollertz/shutterstock

South Dakota

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? No

Nashville, Tennessee
Sean Pavone/istockphoto

Tennessee

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Houston
Sean Pavone/shutterstock

Texas

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Utah
ferrantraite/istockphoto

Utah

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Burlington, Vermont
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

Vermont

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes 
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Virginia Beach, Virginia
DenisTangneyJr/istockphoto

Virginia

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Seattle
aiisha5/istockphoto

Washington

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Charleston, West Virginia
Sean Pavone/istockphoto

West Virginia

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Milwaukee
Davel5957/istockphoto

Wisconsin

Stay-at-home order in effect? Yes
Non-essential businesses closed? Yes
Large gatherings ban? Yes
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)

Downtown Rawlins, Wyoming
Downtown Rawlins, Wyoming by Jimmy Emerson, DVM (CC BY-NC-ND)

Wyoming

Stay-at-home order in effect? No
Non-essential businesses closed? No
Large gatherings ban? Yes (10 or more people)
Schools closed? Yes
Bars and restaurants closed? Yes (takeout and delivery allowed)