Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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Kansas
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 689 per 100,000 people — 19th smallest (total: 20,058)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 10 per 100,000 people — 11th smallest (total: 288)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: N/A
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 18.7% — 19th biggest increase (from 16,901 to 20,058)
> Population: 2,911,510

Kansas is in phase 3 of its reopening plan. Due to spikes in coronavirus cases in some areas, local health officials recommend that phase 3 be delayed. 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.

Statewide, people are required to wear face coverings when they are in public. But local governments can overturn the order.

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Kentucky
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 453 per 100,000 people — 10th smallest (total: 20,223)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 14 per 100,000 people — 19th smallest (total: 635)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 10,175 per 100,000 people — 21st smallest (total: 454,682)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 15.4% — 25th biggest increase (from 17,519 to 20,223)
> Population: 4,468,402

Movie theaters and fitness centers are allowed to reopen in Kentucky. So are museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries, and distilleries. Child care services can reopen as well with reduced capacity. Restaurants and bars can expand capacity to 50% or more as long as people not from the same household can be 6 feet apart. Masks or other facial coverings are now required when people are in public.

Outdoor seating is unlimited. Businesses that were permitted to operate at 33% capacity since May 22 have been allowed to increase capacity to 50% since June 22, provided they comply with guidelines. Effective June 29, gatherings of up to 50 people have been allowed, but people must maintain physical distancing. NASCAR races returned to the Kentucky Speedway with no live audience.

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Louisiana
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,761 per 100,000 people — 4th biggest (total: 82,042)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 72 per 100,000 people — 6th biggest (total: 3,337)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 20,954 per 100,000 people — 2nd biggest (total: 976,455)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 20.2% — 16th biggest increase (from 68,263 to 82,042)
> Population: 4,659,978

The state is in phase 2 of reopening and will remain in phase 2 due to the rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. There is now a statewide mask mandate, and bars are ordered to close again for in-person consumption. Gatherings of more than 50 people, except in churches, are now prohibited. Until recently, that limit was 250 people.

In phase 2, 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.

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Maine
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 267 per 100,000 people — 6th smallest (total: 3,578)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 9 per 100,000 people — 9th smallest (total: 114)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 9,332 per 100,000 people — 16th smallest (total: 124,905)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 3.7% — 7th smallest increase (from 3,440 to 3,566)
> Population: 1,338,404

All counties in Maine are allowed to reopen indoor dining with additional health and safety protocols. Bars, breweries, and tasting rooms can reopen for outdoor, seated service. Indoor service was supposed to resume July 1, but that has been postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreaks in the state linked to indoor bars.

Gyms, tattoo parlors, and nail salons can open while adhering to requirements such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. Gatherings of people were increased to 50 from 10. There are now prevention checklists available for businesses such as spas and movie theaters that wish to reopen in phase 3.

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Maryland
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,241 per 100,000 people — 11th biggest (total: 75,016)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 55 per 100,000 people — 9th biggest (total: 3,341)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: N/A
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 5.5% — 12th smallest increase (from 70,396 to 74,260)
> Population: 6,042,718

Maryland is in phase 2 of its reopening plan. Restaurants can open indoor dining at 50% capacity. Indoor gyms, martial arts, dance, and other indoor fitness studio activities can resume activities at 50% capacity. All child care providers may 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.

Outdoor high school sports can resume practices and training activities. Nursing homes are allowed to resume limited outdoor visitation as well as small group activities with proper precautions.