Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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Massachusetts
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,625 per 100,000 people — 6th biggest (total: 112,130)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 121 per 100,000 people — 4th biggest (total: 8,340)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 14,084 per 100,000 people — 14th biggest (total: 972,070)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 1.6% — 4th smallest increase (from 110,338 to 112,130)
> Population: 6,902,149

Massachusetts, except for Boston, started phase 3 of reopening on July 6. Movie theaters, outdoor performance venues, museums, cultural and historical sites, fitness centers, health clubs, and some low-contact indoor recreational activities can now resume but with capacity restrictions. Professional sports teams can hold games without a live audience.

Indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet but cannot exceed 25 people in a single enclosed space. Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25% occupancy with no more than 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space.

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Michigan
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 779 per 100,000 people — 23rd smallest (total: 77,864)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 63 per 100,000 people — 7th biggest (total: 6,326)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 13,537 per 100,000 people — 16th biggest (total: 1,353,182)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 5.4% — 11th smallest increase (from 73,269 to 77,198)
> Population: 9,995,915

On July 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order closing indoor service at bars in most of the lower part of the state because of recent outbreaks linked to bars. People statewide are required to wear non-medical grade face coverings in closed public spaces. Employers are obliged to provide masks to employees who are back in the office. Phase 5 of reopening in some regions was postponed due to isolated outbreaks of new COVID-19 cases in some parts of the state.

Retailers are open in Michigan, but with capacity limits. Swimming pools, libraries, museums, and day camps for children can open as well. Groups of up to 250 people are allowed to gather outdoors. Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Outdoor performance and sporting venues can reopen but with a capacity of no more than 500 people with social distancing. Hair salons and similar personal care businesses can resume services with some restrictions.

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Minnesota
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 769 per 100,000 people — 22nd smallest (total: 43,170)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 27 per 100,000 people — 18th biggest (total: 1,510)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 13,858 per 100,000 people — 15th biggest (total: 777,614)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 10.3% — 19th smallest increase (from 39,133 to 43,170)
> Population: 5,611,179

Minnesota is in phase 3 of reopening. The plan allows for the limited reopening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues. Restaurants can open indoor dining at 50% capacity, but reservations are required. Gyms, movie theaters, and other indoor entertainment venues can open at 25% capacity. Hair salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors can expand to 50% capacity, but clients have to make reservations. Places of worship can expand to 50% capacity.

Outdoor event venues, including sporting events, concerts, and theaters, can open at 25% capacity. Indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people. Outdoors, people can gather in groups of 25.

Mississippi
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,257 per 100,000 people — 10th biggest (total: 37,542)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 43 per 100,000 people — 12th biggest (total: 1,272)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 11,715 per 100,000 people — 24th biggest (total: 349,869)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 16.5% — 23rd biggest increase (from 32,214 to 37,542)
> Population: 2,986,530

Gov. Tate Reeves’ Safe Return executive order was extended until July 20 following a recent spike in new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi. The order was amended to allow concession stands at outdoor sports complexes and multi-field complexes to open with restrictions. The state was supposed to be completely reopened by July 1, but further reopening plans were delayed indefinitely because of the rapid increase in cases in the state. Masks are mandatory in 13 counties.

Social gatherings must comply with social distancing requirements, with a limit of 50 people indoors and no more than 100 people outdoors. Gatherings where people cannot socially distance have limits of 20 people indoors and up to 50 people outside. Restaurants and bars can now have live music performances, with customers and musicians maintaining at least a 12-foot distance. Gyms and fitness centers can expand to 50% capacity. Outdoor and indoor arenas can open but limit seating to 25% capacity.

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Missouri
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 471 per 100,000 people — 11th smallest (total: 28,826)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 18 per 100,000 people — 22nd smallest (total: 1,093)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 8,245 per 100,000 people — 13th smallest (total: 505,103)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 17.0% — 22nd biggest increase (from 24,629 to 28,826)
> Population: 6,126,452

Missouri is in phase 2 of reopening, which allows the maximum number of people gathering in one place to increase to 50 people from 10. Also in phase 2, businesses such as restaurants, places of worship, gyms, and salons may boost operations to 50% capacity as long as social distancing is followed.

Local officials still have the authority to put further restrictions in place. While Gov. Mike Parson declines to put a statewide mandate requiring wearing of masks or introduce new restrictions as the state consistently reports increases in daily new cases, he encourages practicing social distancing and wearing face covering when distancing is difficult to follow.