Special Report

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

Montana
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 43 per 100,000 — the lowest (total: 462)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 2 per 100,000 — 4th lowest (total: 16)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,245 per 100,000 — 22nd lowest (total: 23,852)
> Days between first case on 3/13/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/28/2020): 15
> Population: 1,062,305

The shelter-in-place order expired April 26. A phased reopening started on April 27. Churches resumed Sunday services, and retailers reopened with social distancing guidelines in place. Restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen in some form beginning May 4. Schools have had the option to reopen starting May 7. The travel quarantine requirement remains in effect, and people arriving from another state or country for non work-related purposes must quarantine for 14 days. Health clubs, theaters, and museums can reopen after May 15. Gatherings of more than 10 people are discouraged.

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Nebraska
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 470 per 100,000 — 11th highest (total: 9,075)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 6 per 100,000 — 15th lowest (total: 107)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,769 per 100,000 — 22nd highest (total: 53,427)
> Days between first case on 2/17/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No order issued as of May 14
> Population: 1,929,268

The state never issued a stay-at-home order. Places of worship no longer have a 10-person limit, but families must physically distance themselves from one another. Restaurants can open in certain regions and at 50% capacity. All dining parties are restricted to no more than six people. Child care facilities can now open and have up to 15 children per room. Hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and massage therapists may reopen but can’t allow more than 10 people in, and everyone, including patrons, must wear masks.

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Nevada
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 213 per 100,000 — 22nd lowest (total: 6,476)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 11 per 100,000 — 21st highest (total: 331)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,200 per 100,000 — 21st lowest (total: 66,754)
> Days between first case on 3/5/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/1/2020): 27
> Population: 3,034,392

A stay-at-home order will be allowed to expire on May 15. All outdoor activities are allowed as long as people maintain 6-foot physical distancing. Some restrictions have been loosened. Retail stores, including cannabis outlets, can now offer curbside service. Restaurants, retail stores, barbershops, hair salons, and some brewpubs can resume limited operations. Gyms and pools can reopen as well. Professional sports can resume but without fans. Some casinos will reopen soon.

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New Hampshire
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 243 per 100,000 — 22nd highest (total: 3,299)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 11 per 100,000 — 19th highest (total: 150)
> Tests as of May 14: N/A
> Days between first case on 3/2/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/27/2020): 25
> Population: 1,356,458

An amended stay-at-home order is an effect until May 31. People can go out but must maintain at least 6 feet of social distance, use proper hand hygiene, and wear a mask whenever possible. Elective medical procedures have resumed. There is a temporary prohibition on scheduled gatherings of 10 or more attendees. Seacoast beaches remain closed. State parks are open but require reservations in some areas. Golf courses (but not clubhouses), barbers and hair salons (but with reservations only), retail stores (at 50% capacity), and drive-in movie theaters can reopen with some restrictions. Restaurants can open for outdoor food services starting May 18.

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New Jersey
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 1,589 per 100,000 — 2nd highest (total: 141,560)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 109 per 100,000 — 2nd highest (total: 9,702)
> Tests as of May 14: 4,955 per 100,000 — 8th highest (total: 441,450)
> Days between first case on 3/4/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/21/2020): 17
> Population: 8,908,520

A stay-at-home order is in effect indefinitely. Nonessential businesses, including casinos, are closed. Child care centers are closed except for the children of essential workers. Restaurants and bars are closed except for takeout or delivery. Grocery stores, medical marijuana dispensaries, gas stations, and convenience stores are among the retail businesses that can stay open. State parks have reopened, but picnicking and swimming are not allowed. Golf courses are open with limits as well. Everyone has to wear a cloth mask in grocery stores and other essential retail businesses.

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