Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening and Social Distancing

Alabama
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 569 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 27,796)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 16 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 801)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 322,124
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 72.1% — 8th largest increase (439 to 755)
> Population: 4,887,871

Schools in Alabama were allowed to reopen on June 1, and students and teachers need to maintain 6 feet social distancing. Employees at educational institutions are required to wear masks. These conditions will remain in place until July 3 at the earliest. Until July 3, Alabama is under a Safer at Home order, which allows restaurants to offer food for takeout and delivery. Customers must maintain 6-foot social distancing protocols. Entertainment venues, such as arcades, movie theaters, and bowling alleys are also allowed to open, but there must be no waiting lines, people have to wear masks, and customers have to be separated by at least 6 feet. Sports practices resumed May 23, and games have been allowed to take place after June 15.

Alaska
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 94 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 696)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 2 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 12)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 77,709
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 17.0% — 8th smallest increase (13 to 15)
> 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 (in full capacity), religious gatherings, libraries, museums, recreational activities, and sport activities can open.

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Arizona
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 571 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 40,924)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 17 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 1,239)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 365,846
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 45.1% — 12th largest increase (1,090 to 1,582)
> 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 second phase of the state’s reopening.

Arkansas
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 451 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 13,606)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 7 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 197)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 220,699
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 40.7% — 13th largest increase (329 to 463)
> Population: 3,013,825

Establishments like gyms and barbershops began reopening in early May. 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.

Arkansas entered phase 2 of reopening on June 15. Restaurants and other businesses can now expand to two-thirds capacity, up from a third of their capacity under phase 1. Summer day camps are open but class sizes are limited to no more than 10 people. Camp enrollment is limited in order to allow proper physical distancing.

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California
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 397 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 157,015)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 13 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 5,208)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 2,997,988
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 12.5% — 7th smallest increase (2,643 to 2,975)
> 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.

Music, TV and film production, as well as professional sports (without fans) have been able to resume operations subject to approval by county public health officials since June 12. Nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, and other personal care services can reopen starting June 19 in approved counties. Day camps can resume activities but limit the number of people in the camp so physical distancing can be maintained. All Californians must wear masks or other face coverings while in public or in high-risk places such as stores, public transit, or hospitals.

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