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

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Virginia
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 311 per 100,000 — 19th highest (total: 26,469)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 11 per 100,000 — 22nd highest (total: 927)
> Tests as of May 14: 1,943 per 100,000 — 14th lowest (total: 165,486)
> Days between first case on 3/7/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/30/2020): 23
> Population: 8,517,685

A stay-at-home order is in effect until June 10. It’s unlawful to gather in groups of 10 or more people. Those violating social distancing rules can be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries the possibility of jail time up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500. Elective medical procedures are now allowed. Dentist offices are open to nonemergency appointments. Beaches and parks are open for the purpose of socially-distant exercise. After May 15, retailers or personal care businesses may reopen at 50% capacity as long as they adhere to CDC guidelines. Restaurants can then open for outdoor dining and outdoor fitness classes will be allowed to resume, but gatherings of more than 10 people are still banned.

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Washington
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 232 per 100,000 — 24th highest (total: 17,512)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 13 per 100,000 — 16th highest (total: 975)
> Tests as of May 14: 3,465 per 100,000 — 15th highest (total: 261,080)
> Days between first case on 1/21/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/23/2020): 62
> Population: 7,535,591

A stay-at-home, stay healthy order is in effect until May 31. The order is expected to be completely lifted by July 12. People can still go on bike rides, garden, and walk their dogs as long as they follow social distancing rules. Sports courts and playgrounds are closed. After May 15, more retail businesses will be allowed to do curbside pickup. Vehicle sales, car washes, landscaping, house cleaning, and drive-in church services may be allowed after May 15 if they follow social distancing protocols.

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West Virginia
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 78 per 100,000 — 4th lowest (total: 1,404)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 3 per 100,000 — 8th lowest (total: 59)
> Tests as of May 14: 3,716 per 100,000 — 13th highest (total: 67,110)
> Days between first case on 3/17/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/24/2020): 7
> Population: 1,805,832

The stay-at-home order expired on May 3. A safer-at-home order is now in effect. Residents are encouraged to stay inside but are not required. Restaurants may open for outdoor dining. Personal service businesses can also open but with appointments and customers waiting outside. Elective medical procedures resumed April 28. Church and funeral services can resume.

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Wisconsin
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 188 per 100,000 — 19th lowest (total: 10,902)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 7 per 100,000 — 20th lowest (total: 421)
> Tests as of May 14: N/A
> Days between first case on 2/5/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/25/2020): 49
> Population: 5,813,568

A stay-at-home order was supposed to be in effect until May 26, but the state’s Supreme Court struck it down. All restrictions are now lifted. Some districts have imposed their own stay-at-home orders, so not all businesses statewide are open.

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Wyoming
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 91 per 100,000 — 6th lowest (total: 523)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 1 per 100,000 — 2nd lowest (total: 07)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,640 per 100,000 — 23rd highest (total: 15,252)
> Days between first case on 3/11/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No order issued as of May 14
> Population: 577,737

The state never issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Anyone returning to Wyoming from any other state or country must self-quarantine for 14 days. Gyms, barber shops, hair salons and other personal care services, and elective surgeries have resumed on May 1 with limits on the number of customers in the facility. Gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed after May 15. Restaurants can start offering indoor and outdoor dining after that as well. Movie theaters and performance venues will be allowed to reopen with no more than 25 people.

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