States with the fewest coronavirus restrictions

/ 09:17 AM September 18, 2020

With some states continuing to reopen while others have paused or reversed course due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub treleased 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 17 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 Jersey
2. Utah 43. Pennsylvania
3. Oklahoma 44. Oregon
4. Iowa 45. Colorado
5. Wyoming 46. Maine
6. Arkansas 47. Arizona
7. North Dakota 48. Massachusetts
8. Wisconsin 49. Virginia
9. Nebraska 50. California
10. Georgia 51. Hawaii

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, September 14, 2020.


Biggest Changes in Rank from the Previous Report

  • Texas moved from 46 to 34, up 12 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has ordered in-person instruction part-time or full-time as schools reopen.
  • North Carolina moved from 49 to 38, up 11 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has expanded its limit on large gatherings to 25 people or fewer, and has reopened restaurants for limited dine-in service with capacity limits.
  • Hawaii moved from 37 to 51, down 14 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has limited large gatherings to 10 people or fewer, has ordered regional closures as schools reopen, has new service limits for reopening restaurants and bars, and has a limited statewide quarantine.

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