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

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Massachusetts
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 1,166 per 100,000 — 3rd highest (total: 80,497)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 77 per 100,000 — 4th highest (total: 5,315)
> Tests as of May 14: 5,941 per 100,000 — 4th highest (total: 410,032)
> Days between first case on 2/1/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/24/2020): 52
> Population: 6,902,149

The stay-at-home order and an order for nonessential businesses and organizations for in-person operations to remain closed have been extended until May 18. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Medical marijuana shops are still open, but recreational marijuana shops are closed. Everyone over age 2 must wear a face mask in public places, including grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, and taxis. Grocery stores and pharmacies have to provide special shopping hours for residents 60 and older.

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Michigan
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 484 per 100,000 — 10th highest (total: 48,391)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 47 per 100,000 — 6th highest (total: 4,714)
> Tests as of May 14: 3,298 per 100,000 — 17th highest (total: 329,639)
> Days between first case on 3/10/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/24/2020): 14
> Population: 9,995,915

The stay-at-home order has been extended until at least May 28. Residents can be criminally penalized for breaking social distancing rules. Restrictions on activities such as boating and golfing have been eased. Big retailers are now allowed to resume selling nonessential items in stores. Auto plants are scheduled to restart on May 18 at 25% capacity. Construction, real estate, and more outdoor work resumed May 7.

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Minnesota
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 230 per 100,000 — 25th highest (total: 12,917)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 11 per 100,000 — 18th highest (total: 638)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,175 per 100,000 — 20th lowest (total: 122,035)
> Days between first case on 3/6/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/27/2020): 21
> Population: 5,611,179

The stay-at-home order was extended until May 18. People can still leave their homes to pick up essential items such as groceries or food, prescriptions, and gas, to relocate for safety reasons, or go to work if their job is deemed essential. Some recreational activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting, and hiking have been allowed to resume since April 18. Nonessential retail businesses can start offering curbside pickup and delivery services. Industrial jobs that are not customer-facing can return to work as long as social distancing and sanitary procedures are in place. Employees who can work from home should continue to do so.

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Mississippi
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 338 per 100,000 — 17th highest (total: 10,090)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 16 per 100,000 — 14th highest (total: 465)
> Tests as of May 14: 3,350 per 100,000 — 16th highest (total: 100,048)
> Days between first case on 3/11/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/3/2020): 23
> Population: 2,986,530

The shelter-in-place order expired on April 27. Only medically vulnerable people are required to stay home. A safer-at-home order is in effect until May 25. Some nonessential businesses like florists and clothing stores are allowed to deliver or offer curbside pickup. Retail businesses can reopen at no more than 50% of their store capacity. Places that cannot avoid sustained person-to-person contact, such as theme parks, salons, or gyms, are to remain closed. Restaurants can open at no more than 50% seating capacity in indoor and outdoor dining areas. Parks and public swimming pools can also reopen, but people have to keep a distance between one another of at least 6 feet.

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Missouri
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 166 per 100,000 — 16th lowest (total: 10,142)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 9 per 100,000 — 25th highest (total: 542)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,072 per 100,000 — 18th lowest (total: 126,935)
> Days between first case on 3/7/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/6/2020): 30
> Population: 6,126,452

The stay-at-home order expired on May 3. All businesses may reopen but have to follow social distancing guidelines. Restaurants, manufacturing plants, gyms and hair salons, and churches can resume activities. Sporting events and social gatherings can resume, though local governments can impose stricter limitations. Large venues, concerts, and movie theaters are allowed to resume activities, but the seating has to be spaced out to comply with social distancing guidelines. Retail outlets, including grocery stores, must limit the number of customers allowed inside. The ban on social gatherings has been lifted, but people must adhere to social distancing.

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