Special Report

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

Oklahoma
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 123 per 100,000 — 9th lowest (total: 4,852)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 7 per 100,000 — 18th lowest (total: 278)
> Tests as of May 14: N/A
> Days between first case on 3/6/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date: No order issued as of May 14
> Population: 3,943,079

The state has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order except for older people and those who have certain preexisting conditions. Previously suspended elective surgeries were allowed to resume after April 24. Restrictions on salons, barbers, and pet groomers were also lifted. Restaurant dining, movie theaters, gyms, houses of worship, and sporting venues have been allowed to reopen with certain restrictions since May 1 and must adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols. Phase two will begin on May 15. It will allow nonessential travel to resume. Organized sporting events, funerals, and weddings can start to take place with no more than 10 people.

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Oregon
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 80 per 100,000 — 5th lowest (total: 3,338)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 3 per 100,000 — 6th lowest (total: 134)
> Tests as of May 14: 2,002 per 100,000 — 16th lowest (total: 83,909)
> Days between first case on 2/28/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/23/2020): 24
> Population: 4,190,713

A stay-at-home order is in effect until further notice, but some restrictions will be lifted starting May 15. Gatherings of more than 25 people will still be banned. Restaurants and bars can resume indoor dining, but tables must be placed 6 feet apart, and parties are limited to no more than 10 people. Salons, spas, and gyms will also be allowed to reopen with restrictions. Nonessential social and recreational gatherings will be allowed if people keep a distance of at least 6 feet. People violating the order are subject to penalties. Nonurgent medical procedures were allowed to restart on May 1.

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Pennsylvania
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 458 per 100,000 — 12th highest (total: 58,698)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 31 per 100,000 — 8th highest (total: 3,943)
> Tests as of May 14: N/A
> Days between first case on 3/6/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/1/2020): 26
> Population: 12,807,060

The stay-at-home order expires on June 4. Retail shops can start to reopen in some counties. Statewide, gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. Trout fishing season is open as long as people follow social distancing guidelines. Golf courses were allowed to open after May 1. Outdoor exercise is allowed as long as people maintain 6-foot distancing. Construction work resumed on May 1. Some outdoor recreational activities were allowed to reopen on May 1. Social distancing and wearing masks are required. Some liquor stores will be allowed to offer curbside delivery.

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Rhode Island
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 1,119 per 100,000 — 4th highest (total: 11,835)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 44 per 100,000 — 7th highest (total: 462)
> Tests as of May 14: 9,261 per 100,000 — the highest (total: 97,922)
> Days between first case on 3/1/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (3/28/2020): 27
> Population: 1,057,315

The stay-at-home order expired on May 8. Gatherings of more than five people are still banned. All noncritical retail businesses remain closed. Elective medical procedures have resumed. Retail stores are allowed to reopen for in-store pickup. Hair salons and barber shops will also begin opening, but with limited seating after May 15. Most restaurants can start offering outdoor seating next week. Face masks and social distancing requirements remain in place.

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South Carolina
> Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14: 158 per 100,000 — 13th lowest (total: 8,030)
> COVID-19 related deaths as of May 14: 7 per 100,000 — 19th lowest (total: 362)
> Tests as of May 14: 1,886 per 100,000 — 12th lowest (total: 95,866)
> Days between first case on 3/6/2020 and statewide stay-at-home effective date (4/6/2020): 31
> Population: 5,084,127

The stay-at-home expired on May 4. Orders for out-of-state visitors to quarantine have also expired. Public beaches, piers, and docks can remain open, though many have remained closed. Nonessential businesses such as flea markets, department stores, and boutiques may reopen. Retail stores are under instructions to operate at 20% capacity. Restaurants can open for outdoor dining. Residents are encouraged to work from home but are no longer required by law.

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