Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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Colorado
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 662 per 100,000 people — 17th smallest (total: 37,686)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 31 per 100,000 people — 15th biggest (total: 1,738)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 7,145 per 100,000 people — 9th smallest (total: 406,967)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 8.7% — 18th smallest increase (from 34,664 to 37,686)
> Population: 5,695,564

Colorado is under a Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors order, which encourages people to maintain social distancing when they go outside. Bars and nightclubs have been ordered to close again amid rising coronavirus cases. The rule does not apply to bars that have taken steps to open as restaurants and have customers sit 6 feet apart.

All activities and social gatherings are allowed but at 50% of pre-pandemic capacity with people being at least 6 feet apart or at no more than 500 people in one setting at a time.

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Connecticut
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,330 per 100,000 people — 9th biggest (total: 47,530)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 122 per 100,000 people — 3rd biggest (total: 4,372)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 16,508 per 100,000 people — 7th biggest (total: 589,778)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 1.1% — 2nd smallest increase (from 47,033 to 47,530)
> Population: 3,572,665

Connecticut postponed phase 3 of reopening indefinitely due to a surge in new coronavirus cases in other states.

Summer camps are allowed to open, in compliance with state requirements. Barbershops, hair salons, and tribal casinos can also reopen. Bars remain closed until further notice. Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed, in compliance with social distancing protocols of 6 feet apart and wearing of masks. Child care facilities are limited to 50 kids. State campgrounds opened for the season on July 8.

Delaware
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,349 per 100,000 people — 8th biggest (total: 13,050)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 54 per 100,000 people — 11th biggest (total: 521)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 14,826 per 100,000 people — 12th biggest (total: 143,388)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 4.5% — 9th smallest increase (from 12,414 to 12,969)
> Population: 967,171

Delaware is in phase 2 of reopening. Phase 3 was supposed to begin on June 29 but was delayed indefinitely. Beach bars in the Rehoboth and Dewey area have been either closing or limiting operations due to an increase in the number of new cases and positive test rate.

Retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses can open at 60% capacity. Child care facilities are allowed to open for all families, not just children of essential workers, with group size limits. People are urged to continue working from home if possible. Personal care services such as massage therapy are now allowed to reopen at 60% capacity. Outdoor gatherings are allowed but with no more than 250 people. Recreational sports tournaments can resume. People are required to wear face coverings in public settings, including stores, doctor’s offices, and public transportation.

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Florida
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,417 per 100,000 people — 7th biggest (total: 301,810)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 21 per 100,000 people — 24th biggest (total: 4,521)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 12,860 per 100,000 people — 19th biggest (total: 2,739,169)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 36.4% — 3rd biggest increase (from 213,794 to 291,629)
> Population: 21,299,325

The state has yet to set a date for the start of phase 3, when bars, restaurants, gyms, and other businesses will be able to resume operations at full capacity and when sporting events will be open for fans. Florida has to have a downward trend of new coronavirus cases before phase 3 is implemented. This may not happen soon as the state is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases, with young people comprising most of the new cases. Restaurants in Miami are closing for dine-in services after being open for a few weeks. Gyms, party venues, and short-term rentals have also been ordered to close. People are asked to gather in groups of no more than 50 people with social distancing.

In other parts of the state, under phase 2, bars and pubs may operate dine-in service at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside. Movie theaters and entertainment venues can operate at 50% capacity also. Two Disney World theme parks in Florida have recently reopened.

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Georgia
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,178 per 100,000 people — 14th biggest (total: 123,963)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 29 per 100,000 people — 16th biggest (total: 3,054)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 10,752 per 100,000 people — 23rd smallest (total: 1,131,034)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 19.2% — 18th biggest increase (from 101,126 to 120,569)
> Population: 10,519,475

Though the novel coronavirus in Georgia is spreading fast, with the state reporting record new highs at the beginning of July, the state is not halting further reopening. Most social gatherings of more than 50 people are banned, unless there can be 6 feet of distance between every person. Amusement park rides, carnivals, circuses, and water parks can open, in compliance with health requirements. Restaurants no longer have a limit on how many people can sit at one table or on the number of customers per square foot. Bars can now have 50 people or 35% of full capacity, whichever is greater.

Live performance venues have been allowed to open if they meet certain criteria. Exhibitions, trade shows, conferences, business retreats, and other conventions can now be held, too. Overnight summer camps are open but people can attend only if they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 12 days.