Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening and Social Distancing

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Virginia
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 660 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 56,238)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 19 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 1,586)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 499,599
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: -57.0% — 4th largest decline (1,194 to 514)
> Population: 8,517,685

A stay-at-home order was in effect until June 10. All counties were allowed to begin reopening as of May 28. The state is currently in phase 2 of reopening. Restaurants can provide indoor dining at 50% occupancy, and fitness centers can open indoor areas at 30% occupancy. Museums, zoos, aquariums, gardens, and outdoor sporting and performance venues can open with restrictions. Swimming pools may expand operations to indoor and outdoor exercise. Diving and swimming instruction can resume as well in phase 2.

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Washington
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 355 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 26,784)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 16 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 1,226)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 435,016
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: -0.9% — the smallest decline (314 to 311)
> Population: 7,535,591

A stay-at-home, stay healthy order was in effect until May 31 and has been replaced since by a Safe Start reopening plan. Most of the state’s counties are in phase 2 of reopening, in which restaurants, salons, and stores can open in a limited capacity. In-person real estate activities such as sales and appraisals with up to three people and fitness and training services have been allowed to resume since May 19 in counties that are in phase 2 of reopening.

As of June 11, there were three counties in phase 1, 23 counties in phase 2, and 10 counties in phase 3. In phase 3, people are allowed to gather outside in groups of no more than 50 people, recreational facilities can open at 50% capacity, nonessential travel can resume, restaurants can expand capacity to 75%, bars can open at 25% capacity, and movie theaters can open at 50% capacity.

West Virginia
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 131 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 2,358)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 5 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 88)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 138,256
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: -24.4% — 11th largest decline (32 to 24)
> Population: 1,805,832

The stay-at-home order expired on May 3. Residents are encouraged but not required to stay inside. State park cabins, museums, and zoos have been allowed to reopen. Bars can serve at 50% capacity. Spas and massage businesses are open. So are swimming pools, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks, other indoor amusement venues, and movie theaters. Social gatherings in public are now limited to 100 people, up from 25.

Low-contact outdoor youth sports and little league organizations can now resume practices, and sports games can start after June 22. Sports venues and facilities can open as well. Counties can organize outdoor in-person graduation ceremonies after June 22 as well. Open-air concerts, fairs, and festivals will be allowed to take place after July 1.

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Wisconsin
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 403 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest (total: 23,454)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 12 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 712)
> Total tests administered as of June 18:
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: -15.1% — 7th smallest decline (313 to 266)
> Population: 5,813,568

A stay-at-home order was supposed to be in effect until May 26, but the state’s Supreme Court struck it down on May 13. All restrictions were then lifted. Some districts have imposed their own stay-at-home orders, though most have already lapsed.

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Wyoming
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 193 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 1,114)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 3 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 18)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 34,190
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 116.4% — 3rd largest increase (8 to 17)
> Population: 577,737

The state never issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Movie theaters and performance venues can reopen with no more than 25 people. Roads, hiking trails, and rock climbing routes at the popular Devil’s Tower National Monument are now open to the public, though services are limited.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people have been allowed since June 1, but people must practice social distancing. Indoor gatherings of up to 250 people are now allowed as well. Schools, community colleges, the University of Wyoming and other educational institutions can resume in-person instruction, but fitness classes cannot be of no more than 50 people.

Child care facilities resumed normal operations with unlimited class sizes on June 15. Fitness class limit is now 50 people. Personal care services no longer have to operate by appointment only.

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