Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening and Social Distancing

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Alaska
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 11: 80 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 593)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 11: 1 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 11)
> Total tests administered as of June 11: 9,183 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 67,720)
> Date of first confirmed case: 3/12/2020
> Est. peak date as of June 3: 3/18/2020 (est. 88 active infections)
> Population: 737,438

Travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country now have to follow new protocols: completing a traveler declaration form; presenting results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours; or taking a test upon arrival and self-quarantining until results are known. Travelers can only use road or maritime highways, and travel to remote areas is restricted to essential travel. Alaska is in phase 3 of reopening. All businesses, religious gatherings, libraries, museums, recreational activities, and sport activities can open.

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Arizona
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 11: 416 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 29,852)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 11: 15 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 1,095)
> Total tests administered as of June 11: 4,179 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 299,687)
> Date of first confirmed case: 1/26/2020
> Est. peak date as of June 3: 4/16/2020 (est. 2,386 active infections)
> Population: 7,171,646

The Arizona Department of Education on June 1 released reopening guidance for schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools will resume in-person instruction and should operate on intermittent schedules. Students should be checked for temperatures and may be required to wear masks. Schools should consider reducing class sizes.

Retail stores have opened. So have gyms, spas, movie theaters, and community swimming pools. Restaurants have resumed dine-in services. People are strongly encouraged to continue practicing social distancing. No specific date was given for the start of the next phase of the state’s reopening.

Arkansas
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 11: 344 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 10,368)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 11: 5 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 165)
> Total tests administered as of June 11: 5,847 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 176,217)
> Date of first confirmed case: 3/11/2020
> Est. peak date as of June 3: 4/14/2020 (est. 317 active infections)
> Population: 3,013,825

Arkansas was one of a handful of states to never issue a statewide stay-at-home order, but nonessential businesses were closed for a period. Establishments like gyms and barbershops began reopening in early May. Since May 11, restaurants have resumed dine-in services but with limitations — they can only seat a third of their total capacity. High school and community sports teams were allowed to resume practice events starting June 1, under strict measures. Gov. Asa Hutchinson postponed in-person graduation ceremonies until at least July 1.

Short-term rentals such as hotels, motels, and vacation rentals are limited to “authorized guests,” which include national guard members, first responders, homeless people, and journalists. Visitors coming from other countries or Connecticut, New Jersey, New Orleans, or New York are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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California
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 11: 344 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 136,191)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 11: 12 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 4,776)
> Total tests administered as of June 11: 6,423 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 2,540,798)
> Date of first confirmed case: 1/25/2020
> Est. peak date as of June 3: 4/8/2020 (est. 10,236 active infections)
> Population: 39,557,045

A stay-at-home order, which has no set end date, is still in effect, though some restrictions have already been lifted. The state is reopening at the county level, with counties that meet specific criteria allowed to lift certain restrictions. An increase in COVID-19 cases in early June may delay reopening in certain counties.

California is currently in phase 2 of its four-phase reopening, which started on May 8. This phase allows lower-risk businesses to reopen. In the later stage of phase 2, retail, museums, and dine-in eateries will be allowed to reopen with social distancing protocols. After June 12, music, TV and film production, as well as professional sports ( without fans) will be able to resume operations subject to approval by county public health officials.

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Colorado
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 11: 500 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 28,499)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 11: 28 per 100,000 people — 14th highest (total: 1,573)
> Total tests administered as of June 11: 3,999 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 227,761)
> Date of first confirmed case: 3/5/2020
> Est. peak date as of June 3: 4/2/2020 (est. 3,909 active infections)
> Population: 5,695,564

Gov. Jared Polis signed an order on June 1 shifting Colorado to a Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order from the previous Safer at Home order. The new order now encourages people to go outside while maintaining social distancing. It also extends Safer at Home requirements like limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people for another 30 days. People are asked to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart. Playgrounds and swimming pools are allowed to open at limited capacity. Public and private gatherings are limited to 10 people. Nonessential employees are strongly encouraged to keep working from home for at least until the end of June.