Special Report

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

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Connecticut
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 736 per 100,000 — 5th highest (total: 26,312)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 58 per 100,000 — 3rd highest (total: 2089)
> Tests as of April 29: 2,596 per 100,000 — 8th highest (total: 92,745)
> Days between first case on 3/8/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/23/2020): 15
> Population: 3,572,665

The stay-at-home order is in effect until May 20. Plans are to start reopening in June. Grocery stores operate at half capacity. “Safe stores” guidelines are mandated, with every other register line out of service. A 6-foot minimum distance between people is required outdoors. Parking capacity is limited at certain parks and walk-ins are banned to limit the number of visitors. Restaurants are still open for delivery or takeout.

Delaware
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 473 per 100,000 — 7th highest (total: 4,575)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 14 per 100,000 — 10th highest (total: 137)
> Tests as of April 29: N/A
> Days between first case on 3/11/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/24/2020): 13
> Population: 967,171

The stay-at-home order requires that people remain in their homes and avoid going out in public unless they are engaged in an “essential activity” or “essential travel” until May 15 or until the health threat is eliminated. When out, people must maintain at least a 6-foot distance from each other. All beaches are closed except for people exercising or walking their dogs. People can still go out to get groceries, exercise, take care of others, and other essential activities. Schools will be closed through the rest of the school year.

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Florida
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 154 per 100,000 — 22nd highest (total: 32,846)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 5 per 100,000 — 21st highest (total: 1171)
> Tests as of April 29: 1,731 per 100,000 — 18th highest (total: 368,651)
> Days between first case on 3/1/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/3/2020): 33
> Population: 21,299,325

Florida will start lifting social distancing guidelines on May 4. The stay-at-home order is in effect until April 30. There are no clear plans for reopening after that but the governor has said the state will open methodically, in phases. Beaches reopened for “essential activities” in parts of the state on April 17. Senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions must stay at home. K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

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Georgia
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 236 per 100,000 — 15th highest (total: 24,854)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 10 per 100,000 — 15th highest (total: 1036)
> Tests as of April 29: 1,333 per 100,000 — 16th lowest (total: 140,223)
> Days between first case on 3/2/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/3/2020): 32
> Population: 10,519,475

A shelter-in-place order in effect at least until April 30. Some businesses, including gyms and hair salons, are now allowed to reopen (even though many opted to remain closed). Elective surgeries resumed on April 24. Child care facilities are open but take no more than 10 people, including teachers.

Hawaii
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 29: 43 per 100,000 — 2nd lowest (total: 609)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of April 29: 1 per 100,000 — the lowest (total: 16)
> Tests as of April 29: N/A
> Days between first case on 3/6/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/25/2020): 19
> Population: 1,420,491

People must quarantine themselves for two weeks if traveling between islands or risk fines up to $5,000 and a year in prison. Only people seeking medical attention may leave their quarantine zones, which is the location residents have specified to be their quarantine zone on the mandatory State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plants and Animals Declaration Form. Stay-at-home, work-at-home orders are in effect until May 31. The state government will be taking a “phased-in” approach to reopening the economy. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

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