Special Report

Every State’s Rules for Reopening Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

 
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Virginia > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 704 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 59,946) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 20 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 1,675) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 590,404 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 6.7% — 19th smallest increase (from 55,775 to 59,514) > Est. peak date: 4/20/2020 (est. 3,494 active infections) > 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.

Virginia will begin phase 3 on July 1. Social distancing and face coverings will still be required. Social gathering limits will increase to 250 people or 50% of occupancy, whichever is less. Fitness centers can open indoor areas at 75% occupancy. Recreation and entertainment venues may operate at 50% capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people. Overnight summer camps will remain closed.

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Washington > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 396 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 29,869) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 17 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 1,293) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 495,498 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 12.6% — 21st biggest increase (from 26,531 to 29,869) > Est. peak date: 10/1/2020 (est. 3,580 active infections) > 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.

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.

As of Friday, June 26, face coverings will be required when in public across Washington state.

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West Virginia > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 146 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 2,629) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 5 per 100,000 people — 6th lowest (total: 92) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 156,960 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 11.5% — 22nd biggest increase (from 2,358 to 2,629) > Est. peak date: 4/6/2020 (est. 210 active infections) > Population: 1,805,832

Residents are encouraged but not required to stay inside. State park cabins, museums, and zoos are 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 25: 443 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 25,763) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 13 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 757) > Total tests administered as of June 25: N/A > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 9.8% — 24th smallest increase (from 23,454 to 25,763) > Est. peak date: 3/24/2020 (est. 1,168 active infections) > 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.

The state released guidelines for schools to reopen in the fall. Classes will be a combination of in-person, physically-distanced, and virtual learning. Classroom sizes will have to be reduced, which may make attending school in shifts necessary. Four-day school week — with the fifth day being designated for cleaning — is also an option.

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Wyoming > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 222 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 1,282) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 3 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 20) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 40,154 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 – June 24: 17.7% — 14th biggest increase (from 1,089 to 1,282) > Est. peak date: 5/6/2020 (est. 94 active infections) > Population: 577,737

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. Long-term care facilities can now resume outdoor, in-person visitation under specific health guidelines.