WalletHub has released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions.
To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. 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. Iowa||42. Washington|
|2. South Carolina||43. Colorado|
|3. Oklahoma||44. New Mexico|
|4. Idaho||45. North Carolina|
|5. South Dakota||46. Massachusetts|
|6. Alaska||47. California|
|7. Utah||48. Hawaii|
|8. Florida||49. District of Columbia|
|9. Tennessee||50. Vermont|
|10. Montana||51. Virginia|
Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on March 1, 2021.
Biggest Changes in Rank from the Previous Report
- Idaho moved from 14 to 4, up 10 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has eased restrictions on large gatherings, has fully reopened restaurants and bars and has no mandate on face coverings in public.
- Illinois moved from 42 to 30, up 12 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has reopened restaurants and bars while maintaining some service limits, has eased restrictions on large gatherings and has reopened non-essential businesses with limitations.
- Wyoming moved from 16 to 24, down 8 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has imposed service limits for restaurants and bars, and has instituted new restrictions for non-essential businesses.
Having more restrictions, Delaware ranks closer to the bottom of the list in 37th place.
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