Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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Alabama
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,155 per 100,000 people — 15th biggest (total: 56,441)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 23 per 100,000 people — 23rd biggest (total: 1,136)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 10,808 per 100,000 people — 24th smallest (total: 528,275)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 24.7% — 9th biggest increase (from 45,263 to 56,441)
> Population: 4,887,871

Through July 31, Alabama is under a Safer at Home order. Restaurants in Alabama are open but 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 have resumed, and games are allowed to take place.

There is no statewide mandate to wear masks, though some counties are making face coverings a requirement when people are in public places. As of July 10, there are 39 out of 67 counties in the very high risk category, which means the coronavirus in those counties is widespread.

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Alaska
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 214 per 100,000 people — 4th smallest (total: 1,579)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 2 per 100,000 people — 2nd smallest (total: 17)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 20,269 per 100,000 people — 4th biggest (total: 149,473)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 33.4% — 4th biggest increase (from 1,184 to 1,579)
> Population: 737,438

Travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country have to follow new protocols. They must complete a traveler declaration form and either present results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours or take a test upon arrival and self-quarantine 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 July 15: 1,786 per 100,000 people — 3rd biggest (total: 128,097)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 33 per 100,000 people — 14th biggest (total: 2,337)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 10,056 per 100,000 people — 19th smallest (total: 721,191)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 21.9% — 12th biggest increase (from 105,094 to 128,097)
> Population: 7,171,646

Arizona is among the states where COVID-19 cases have been surging in recent weeks. Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order on June 29 that prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people. Bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing rentals have closed, again, for a month. The first day of school for in-person instruction has been delayed to August 17.

Businesses are required to keep employees and customers at least 6 feet apart and to demand that all in the business wear face covering whenever possible. There is no statewide requirement for people to wear masks, but local governments can implement their own mask and face covering policies and determine enforcement.

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Arkansas
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 987 per 100,000 people — 18th biggest (total: 29,733)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 11 per 100,000 people — 13th smallest (total: 331)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 13,113 per 100,000 people — 18th biggest (total: 395,212)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 22.6% — 11th biggest increase (from 24,253 to 29,733)
> Population: 3,013,825

Arkansas is in phase 2 of reopening. Restaurants and other businesses can now expand to two-thirds capacity, up from a third of 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.

High school and community sports teams are allowed to resume practice under strict measures. 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. Long-term care facilities such as nursing homes resumed limited visitation.

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California
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 851 per 100,000 people — 25th smallest (total: 336,508)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 18 per 100,000 people — 23rd smallest (total: 7,087)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 14,346 per 100,000 people — 13th biggest (total: 5,674,955)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 21.1% — 13th biggest increase (from 277,774 to 336,508)
> Population: 39,557,045

A stay-at-home order that has no set end date and is still in effect. New coronavirus cases have been surging over the last few weeks in California. In a major rollback, restaurants, museums, and movie theatres have been ordered to cease indoor operations statewide, again. Bars must shut down completely. In addition, gyms, and other businesses that provide service indoors must close in 30 counties, representing about 80% of California’s population.

Californians must wear masks or other face coverings while in public or in high-risk places such as stores, public transit, or hospitals.