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 29: 139 per 100,000 — 24th lowest (total: 6,779)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 5 per 100,000 — 23rd lowest (total: 242)
> Tests as of April 29: 1,567 per 100,000 — 18th lowest (total: 76,584)
> Days between first case on 3/13/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/4/2020): 22
> Population: 4,887,871

The stay-at-home order ends on April 30. A new “Safer at Home” order will be in effect through May 15. Some businesses such as retail stores will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity but will be subject to sanitation and social distancing guidelines. Elective medical procedures will be allowed to resume. Beaches will reopen but no groups of more than 10 people will be allowed. Alabama schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Alaska
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 48 per 100,000 — 3rd lowest (total: 351)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 1 per 100,000 — 3rd lowest (total: 9)
> Tests as of April 29: 2,317 per 100,000 — 12th highest (total: 17,089)
> Days between first case on 3/12/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/28/2020): 16
> Population: 737,438

The stay-at-home order expired on April 21. On April 24, the state government allowed nonessential businesses to reopen for regular business hours. Restrictions vary by sector. For example, there can be no waiting lines in places providing personal services like hair salons. Many travel and fishing restrictions have also been lifted. K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

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Arizona
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 97 per 100,000 — 12th lowest (total: 6,948)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 4 per 100,000 — 18th lowest (total: 293)
> Tests as of April 29: 940 per 100,000 — the lowest (total: 67,438)
> Days between first case on 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. The governor has said he would make a decision by the end of the week whether to extend it. Residents can only leave their places of residence for essential activities, such as grocery shopping or obtaining necessary supplies and services for the family or pets. Elective medical procedures would be allowed to resume May 1 with restrictions. K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

Arkansas
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 104 per 100,000 — 14th lowest (total: 3,127)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 2 per 100,000 — 7th lowest (total: 57)
> Tests as of April 29: 1,437 per 100,000 — 17th lowest (total: 43,321)
> Days between first case on 3/11/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (No order issued as of April 20): No order issued as of Apr. 29
> Population: 3,013,825

There was no statewide stay-at-home order as of April 28. However, gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people. Businesses that require significant person-to-person interaction are closed. The governor has said the state has met some but not all federal guidelines to start reopening in phases starting May 4. Schools are closed until further notice.

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California
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 117 per 100,000 — 18th lowest (total: 46,445)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 5 per 100,000 — 22nd lowest (total: 1873)
> Tests as of April 29: N/A
> Days between first case on 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. There is a plan for a phased reopening of the economy, but there is no set date yet. Restrictions will first be lifted for child care centers and lower-risk workplaces, such as retail, manufacturing, and offices where working remotely is not possible. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

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Colorado
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 251 per 100,000 — 13th highest (total: 14,316)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 13 per 100,000 — 13th highest (total: 736)
> Tests as of April 29: 1,178 per 100,000 — 8th lowest (total: 67,094)
> Days between first case on 3/5/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/26/2020): 21
> Population: 5,695,564

The stay-at-home order expired April 26. A phased opening of the economy started on April 27. The state entered a “safer at home” phase, where residents are recommended to stay home but not required to by law. Social distancing is strongly encouraged. Grocery stores, firearm stores, marijuana dispensaries, and gas stations can stay open. Retail businesses can reopen with curbside delivery. Elective medical procedures and personal training has resumed. Starting May 4, all offices will be allowed to reopen at 50% workforce.