Special Report

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

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Colorado
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 359 per 100,000 — 16th highest (total: 20,475)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 19 per 100,000 — 13th highest (total: 1,062)
> Tests as of May 14: 1,975 per 100,000 — 15th lowest (total: 112,505)
> 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, which means residents are recommended to stay home but not required to by law. Grocery stores, firearm stores, marijuana dispensaries, and gas stations are open. Retail businesses reopened with curbside pickup. Offices can reopen with 50% of the workforce. Salons and other places offering personal services can also reopen if implementing best practices, which entail everyone wearing masks and gloves, customers having to wait outside, and places where people sit sanitized frequently. Elective medical services have resumed.

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Connecticut
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 976 per 100,000 — 5th highest (total: 34,855)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 87 per 100,000 — 3rd highest (total: 3,125)
> Tests as of May 14: 4,001 per 100,000 — 11th highest (total: 142,943)
> Days between first case on 3/8/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/23/2020): 15
> Population: 3,572,665

A stay-at-home order is in effect until May 20. Grocery stores operate at half capacity. Safe-stores guidelines are mandated with every other register line out of service. A 6-foot minimum distance is required outdoors. People must wear a face mask in public when a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained. Parking capacity is limited at certain parks, and walk-ins are banned to limit the number of visitors. Social and recreational gatherings of more than five people, and religious gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.

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Delaware
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 719 per 100,000 — 6th highest (total: 6,952)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 26 per 100,000 — 11th highest (total: 247)
> Tests as of May 14: 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 has been extended until May 31. 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. All visitors older than 13 must wear masks when inside state parks, wildfire areas, and reserves. Travelers from outside states have to self-quarantine for 14 days. The state government is anticipating beginning to gradually reopen the economy starting June 1.

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Florida
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 203 per 100,000 — 20th lowest (total: 43,210)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 9 per 100,000 — 25th lowest (total: 1,875)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,862 per 100,000 — 19th highest (total: 609,574)
> Days between first case on 3/1/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/3/2020): 33
> Population: 21,299,325

The stay-at-home order expired on May 4, but social distancing guidelines are in place at least until mid-May. Beaches reopened for essential activities in parts of the state on April 17. Retail stores and restaurants, except in the most populous counties, are now allowed to reopen but at 25% capacity. Palm Beach was allowed to enter Phase One reopening on May 11. Broward and Miami-Dade are expected to follow on May 18. Senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions must stay at home. Libraries and museums can open at 25% capacity. Elective medical procedures can now take place. Barber shops and salons can reopen in most of Florida starting May 11, but shops in southern Florida will remain closed. Bars, gyms, schools, and vacation rentals remain closed.

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Georgia
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 337 per 100,000 — 18th highest (total: 35,429)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 14 per 100,000 — 15th highest (total: 1,517)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,604 per 100,000 — 25th highest (total: 273,904)
> Days between first case on 3/2/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/3/2020): 32
> Population: 10,519,475

The shelter-in-place order expired on April 30, except for people 65 and older and other at-risk individuals. They have to shelter in place at least until June 12. Some businesses, including gyms and hair salons, were allowed to reopen (even though many opted to remain closed), and elective surgeries resumed beginning April 24. Places of entertainment such as bowling alleys, theaters, restaurants, and private social clubs are allowed to open as well. Strict social distancing and sanitation guidelines are in place at least until June 12. Bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, public swimming pools, and live performance venues remain closed until May 31.

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