Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening and Social Distancing

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Kansas
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 401 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 11,681)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 8 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 247)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 00
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 114.8% — 4th largest increase (69 to 147)
> Population: 2,911,510

The third phase of the reopening began June 8. Social gatherings of up to 45 people are now allowed, up from 15. Bars and restaurants must preserve a 6-foot distance between tables, booths, and barstools. Casinos and indoor leisure spaces can open as well. Nonessential travel may resume. Restrictions on on-site staffing have been lifted. All education, activities, venues and establishments can operate if they follow public health guidelines. Local governments can impose stricter rules.

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Kentucky
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 291 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 12,995)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 12 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 518)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 299,520
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: -24.5% — 10th largest decline (210 to 159)
> Population: 4,468,402

Movie theaters and fitness centers were allowed to reopen on June 1, and museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries, and distilleries were allowed to reopen on June 8. Campgrounds can now reopen. Child care services can reopen as well with reduced capacity. Venues such as bars that hold 50 or fewer people and gatherings of up to 50 people can reopen starting June 29, depending on whether they meet safety criteria. Businesses that were permitted to operate at 33% capacity since May 22 will be allowed to increase capacity to 50% on June 22, provided they comply with guidelines. Restaurants can reopen with unlimited outdoor seating after June 22 as well, but they must ensure social distancing. NASCAR races will return to the Kentucky Speedway with no live audience beginning July 9.

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Louisiana
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 1,044 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 48,634)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 63 per 100,000 people — 6th highest (total: 2,950)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 545,221
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: 58.9% — 10th largest increase (414 to 658)
> Population: 4,659,978

The state entered phase 2 of reopening on June 5, and the second phase is expected to last at least three weeks. Places of worship and businesses that were already allowed to open can expand to 50% capacity with social distancing. These businesses include massage and tattoo parlors, spas, bars and breweries with food permits, bowling alleys, arcades, pool halls, casinos and video poker, trampoline parks, event centers and wedding venues, and outdoor playgrounds and play centers. Employees who work with the public must wear face coverings. Businesses are strongly encouraged to offer temperature checks to patrons. Expanded phase 2 guidelines allow bars and nightclubs to host live music.

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Maine
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 212 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 2,836)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 8 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 102)
> Total tests administered as of June 18: 74,763
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: -92.4% — the largest decline (376 to 28)
> Population: 1,338,404

As of June 17, all counties in Maine were allowed to reopen indoor dining with additional health and safety protocols. Bars, breweries, and tasting rooms can reopen for outdoor, seated service. Gyms, tattoo parlors, and nail salons can open while adhering to requirements such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distance as well. Capacity limits at retail establishments now allow up to five customers per 1,000 square feet.

Maine lodging providers began accepting reservations for stays with an arrival date of June 1 or later for Maine residents and for non-residents who comply with the state’s 14-day self-quarantine mandate. Gatherings of people were increased to 50 from 10 as of June 1.

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Maryland
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 18: 1,046 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 63,229)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of June 18: 50 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 3,016)
> Total tests administered as of June 18:
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 10 – June 17: -21.8% — 11th smallest decline (640 to 501)
> Population: 6,042,718

Maryland shifted to phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 5 by lifting the order requiring the closing of nonessential businesses. The businesses include retail shops, specialty vendors, information technology companies, design studios, advertising and architectural firms, and media production companies, among others. Restaurants can open indoor dining at 50% capacity. Outdoor amusements and rides can open with restrictions. After June 19, indoor gyms, martial arts, dance, and other indoor fitness studio activities can resume activities at 50% capacity. All child care providers may start to reopen, with up to 15 people per room.

Employees able to telework are encouraged to continue to do so. Other guidance from the state for the workplace includes wearing face coverings, conducting temperature checks for workers, implementing split schedules, and staggering shifts. State government agencies started returning to normal operations on June 8.

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