Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying At Home and Social Distancing

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Alabama
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 16: 86.8 per 100,000 — 22nd highest (total: 4,241)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 16: 2.5 per 100,000 — 25th highest (total: 123)
> Tests as of April 16: 7.4 per 1,000 — 22nd lowest (total: 36,363)
> Days between first case (3/13/2020) and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/4/2020): 22
> Population: 4,887,871

All Alabama schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Nonessential businesses closed on March 28 and remain closed. All non-work-related gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. The stay-at-home order expires at the end of April. The governor is considering reopening the economy after that.

Alaska
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 16: 39.7 per 100,000 — 5th lowest (total: 293)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 16: 1.2 per 100,000 — 11th lowest (total: 09)
> Tests as of April 16: 11.7 per 1,000 — 15th highest (total: 8,664)
> Days between first case (3/12/2020) and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/28/2020): 16
> Population: 737,438

The stay-at-home order is in effect until April 21 at least. People may still go outside but must remain at least 6 feet away from other individuals not in their households. Restaurants may be open for delivery, drive-through, or takeout. Playgrounds and parks may still be open. Grocery stores, gas stations, banks, and pharmacies are among the essential businesses that can still be open.

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Arizona
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 16: 55.2 per 100,000 — 15th lowest (total: 3,962)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 16: 2.0 per 100,000 — 18th lowest (total: 142)
> Tests as of April 16: 6.3 per 1,000 — 11th lowest (total: 45,310)
> Days between first case (1/26/2020) and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/31/2020): 65
> Population: 7,171,646

The stay-at-home order ends on April 30, unless extended. Residents can only leave their places of residence for essential activities, such as grocery shopping or obtaining necessary supplies and services for their families or pets. Restaurants can be open only for delivery or takeout. Gyms and fitness centers are closed, but exercising outdoors is permitted as long as people maintain a 6-foot distancing.

Arkansas
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 16: 53.1 per 100,000 — 13th lowest (total: 1,599)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 16: 1.1 per 100,000 — 9th lowest (total: 34)
> Tests as of April 16: 7.4 per 1,000 — 20th lowest (total: 22,289)
> Days between first case (3/11/2020) and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No statewide stay-at-home orders as of April 16
> Population: 3,013,825

There was no statewide stay-at-home order as of April 16. However, gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people. Anywhere outside people must maintain 6 feet distance. Businesses that require significant person-to-person interaction are closed. Commercial lodgings and rentals are only open for people providing essential services. Schools are closed until further notice.

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California
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 16: 68.5 per 100,000 — 21st lowest (total: 27,097)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 16: 2.2 per 100,000 — 22nd lowest (total: 889)
> Tests as of April 16: Not available to public
> Days between first case (1/25/2020) and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/19/2020): 54
> Population: 39,557,045

A stay-at-home order has been in effect since March 19 and will remain so until further notice. Day cares are still open, but only for children of parents working in essential sectors. Visiting people in hospitals and nursing homes is discouraged. Hiking is allowed if people practice social distancing of 6 feet.

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