Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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Virginia
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 863 per 100,000 people — 23rd biggest (total: 73,527)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 23 per 100,000 people — 22nd biggest (total: 1,992)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 9,887 per 100,000 people — 18th smallest (total: 842,124)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 8.5% — 17th smallest increase (from 66,740 to 72,443)
> Population: 8,517,685

The state is currently in phase 3 of reopening. Social distancing and face coverings are still required. Social gathering limits are limited 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. Swimming pools can open for swim, diving, and swim instruction. Overnight summer camps will remain closed. Restaurants are open, with restrictions, but bars and bar areas in restaurants remain closed.

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Washington
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 561 per 100,000 people — 13th smallest (total: 42,304)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 19 per 100,000 people — 24th smallest (total: 1,404)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 9,531 per 100,000 people — 17th smallest (total: 718,234)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 12.9% — 21st smallest increase (from 36,985 to 41,757)
> Population: 7,535,591

A stay-at-home was replaced by a Safe Start reopening plan, which was extended until Aug. 6. The state put on hold plans to move to phase 4 of reopening, which would have meant even fewer restrictions on businesses and people’s movement.

In phase 3, people are allowed to gather outside in groups of no more than 50 people, and nonessential travel can resume. Also, recreational facilities can open at 50% capacity, restaurants can expand capacity to 75% capacity, bars can open at 25% capacity, and movie theaters can open at 50% capacity. Face coverings are required when in public across Washington state, and businesses may not service to customers who don’t comply. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, and concert and sporting venues are still closed.

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West Virginia
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 247 per 100,000 people — 5th smallest (total: 4,463)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 5 per 100,000 people — 5th smallest (total: 97)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 11,931 per 100,000 people — 23rd biggest (total: 215,450)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 24.6% — 10th biggest increase (from 3,461 to 4,313)
> Population: 1,805,832

Due to an increase in daily COVID-19 cases across West Virginia, the limit on social gatherings statewide has been reduced to 25 100 people. The limit does not apply to religious services, weddings, and other gatherings deemed essential. All fairs, festivals, indoor and outdoor concerts, and similar big events are banned. Bars in Monongalia County are ordered to shut down for 10 days.

State park cabins, museums, and zoos are open. Spas and massage businesses are open. So are swimming pools, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks, other indoor amusement venues, and movie theaters. A statewide order requiring face coverings in indoor public places took effect on July 7.

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Wisconsin
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 652 per 100,000 people — 16th smallest (total: 37,906)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 14 per 100,000 people — 18th smallest (total: 826)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: N/A
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 16.4% — 24th biggest increase (from 32,556 to 37,906)
> Population: 5,813,568

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the stay-at-home order that was supposed to be in effect until May 26. Restrictions were then lifted. Though local officials imposed some minor restrictions. Milwaukee bars and restaurants can resume in-person service, though indoor dining must be capped at 25% capacity.

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 July 15: 338 per 100,000 people — 8th smallest (total: 1,951)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 4 per 100,000 people — 4th smallest (total: 22)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 6,846 per 100,000 people — 8th smallest (total: 39,552)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 13.6% — 23rd smallest increase (from 1,675 to 1,903)
> Population: 577,737

Outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people have been allowed since June 1, but people must practice social distancing. 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.

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. Though movie theaters are allowed to open, some have chosen to close again due to lack of customers.