Special Report

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

Alabama
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 219 per 100,000 — 24th lowest (total: 10,700)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 9 per 100,000 — 24th highest (total: 450)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,825 per 100,000 — 21st highest (total: 138,103)
> 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 expired on April 30. A new safer-at-home policy is in effect but set to expire on May 22. Some businesses such as retail stores have been allowed to reopen at 50% capacity, but they still have to follow social distancing guidelines. Limited operations of restaurants, hair and nail salons, and gyms are now allowed. Restaurants must limit tables to eight persons and maintain 6-foot distances between dining groups. Gyms, athletic facilities, and hair and nail salons — which have to limit capacity to 50% — also must follow social distancing and sanitation rules. Gyms can’t offer sports that require close contact with others. Sharing sporting apparatus and equipment is also banned. The ban on 10-person restriction on nonwork gatherings has been lifted.

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Alaska
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 52 per 100,000 — 3rd lowest (total: 383)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 1 per 100,000 — 3rd lowest (total: 10)
> Tests as of May 14: 4,156 per 100,000 — 10th highest (total: 30,649)
> 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. The state government allowed nonessential businesses to reopen for regular business hours. There can be no waiting lines in places providing personal services like hair salons. Restaurants are now open for dining. They were allowed to expand to 50% capacity from the 25% capacity allowed until a week ago. Opening at 50% capacity also applies to retail and other businesses statewide. Bars, gyms, libraries, theaters, and other entertainment venues can reopen at 25% capacity. A 10-foot distance is required between people indoors. Religious and social gatherings may include as many as 50 people.

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Arizona
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 170 per 100,000 — 17th lowest (total: 12,176)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 8 per 100,000 — 23rd lowest (total: 594)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,312 per 100,000 — 24th lowest (total: 165,810)
> 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 won’t be extended after it expires on May 15. Elective medical procedures have been allowed to resume since May 1 with restrictions. Some nonessential businesses opened on May 4 but only for delivery services. In-store sales were allowed to resume on May 8. Restaurants opened for dine-in on May 10 but must limit capacity. Gyms and spas were allowed to reopen on May 13, and movie theaters can reopen after May 15, but they have to abide by federal social distancing rules. Also after May 15, major leagues sports can resume games but with no fans. Residents living with elderly relatives or with people with preexisting conditions are encouraged to keep working from home.

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Arkansas
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 141 per 100,000 — 10th lowest (total: 4,236)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 3 per 100,000 — 7th lowest (total: 97)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,516 per 100,000 — 25th lowest (total: 75,818)
> Days between first case on 3/11/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No order issued as of May 14
> Population: 3,013,825

The state has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order, but nonessential businesses were closed. A phased reopening plan has been put in place. Gatherings in open outdoor spaces like golf courses are allowed. Hair and nail salons, spas, gyms, and other personal care establishments have been allowed to reopen. Restaurants can resume dine-in services but with limitations — they can only seat a third of their total capacity. Rental of campsites, cabins, lodges, and RVs is allowed. People with RVs can stay overnight in campgrounds but bath houses remain closed. State Parks will open visitor information centers, museums and exhibits, gift shops, golf pro shops, marinas, and equipment rental on May 15. The number of visitors will be limited, and social distancing will be enforced.

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California
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 180 per 100,000 — 18th lowest (total: 71,141)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 7 per 100,000 — 22nd lowest (total: 2,934)
> Tests as of May 14: 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, which has no set end date, is still in effect, though some restrictions are being lifted. While Californians are still ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping, or other permitted errands. Small businesses were able to reopen for curbside pickup starting May 8. Businesses will have to follow social distancing guidelines, and employees will have to wear protective gear. Shopping centers, strip malls, and some offices can reopen. Twelve counties now allow in-store retail shopping and dine-in restaurant service, with limitations. Booksellers, sporting goods stores, florists, clothing stores, and other retail shops are allowed to sell merchandise with curbside pickup.

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