Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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Montana
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 184 per 100,000 people — 2nd smallest (total: 1,952)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 3 per 100,000 people — 3rd smallest (total: 34)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 11,428 per 100,000 people — 25th biggest (total: 121,396)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 47.1% — the biggest increase (from 1,327 to 1,952)
> Population: 1,062,305

Despite a recent increase in coronavirus cases in Montana, the state’s reopening plan has not changed. Montana is in phase 2 of reopening. Gatherings are now limited to a maximum of 50 people. Restaurants, bars, breweries distilleries, and casinos are allowed to expand to 75% capacity. Gyms, indoor group fitness classes, pools, and hot tubs can also operate at 75% capacity. Concert halls, bowling alleys, and other places of assembly can resume activities but with reduced capacity.

The 24-person cap per child care facility has been lifted. Employers should still allow employees to work remotely as much as possible. Glacier National Park began to reopen certain parts of the park on June 8. Areas of the west side of the park are open for day-use only. Montana’s gates to Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone, as well as Gardiner and Cooke City, are now open as well.

Nebraska
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,126 per 100,000 people — 17th biggest (total: 21,717)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 15 per 100,000 people — 20th smallest (total: 286)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 11,403 per 100,000 people — 25th smallest (total: 219,996)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 6.7% — 15th smallest increase (from 20,046 to 21,399)
> Population: 1,929,268

Nebraska is in phase 3 of reopening. In phase 3, restaurants and bars can expand to 100% occupancy with no more than eight people per table. Self-serve buffets and salad bars are still banned. Gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs can operate at 75% capacity. Personal care service businesses can operate at 75% capacity, but everyone has to wear a mask. Indoor gatherings can expand to 50% of rated occupancy, and outdoor gatherings can expand to 75%.

Statewide, fan attendance for youth and school games is no longer limited to household members only. Contact team sports began practices and games after July 1. Drive-in movies can resume, but people must remain inside their cars. A modified Nebraska State Fair will take place Aug. 28-Sept. 7.

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Nevada
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 976 per 100,000 people — 20th biggest (total: 29,619)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 20 per 100,000 people — 25th biggest (total: 612)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 14,908 per 100,000 people — 11th biggest (total: 452,381)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 19.9% — 17th biggest increase (from 23,785 to 28,515)
> Population: 3,034,392

The state is in phase 2 of reopening and will remain in it at least until the end of July due to a surge in new coronavirus cases in the state. People have been required to wear masks anywhere in public. Bars that don’t serve food were ordered to close after being open for a few weeks, and restaurants can no longer serve tables with six or more customers.

Phase 2 allows salons and tattoo parlors to open. Pools, museums, zoos, malls, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and more are also allowed to reopen with reduced capacity. Live events such as sports, concerts, and theater performances may be held for broadcast, with no in-person spectators allowed. Local officials have the authority to tighten restrictions in their area if necessary.

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New Hampshire
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 449 per 100,000 people — 9th smallest (total: 6,091)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 29 per 100,000 people — 17th biggest (total: 392)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 10,108 per 100,000 people — 20th smallest (total: 137,109)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 2.7% — 6th smallest increase (from 5,932 to 6,091)
> Population: 1,356,458

Services like salons, massage therapy centers, and tattoo shops have reopened in New Hampshire. Beach activities are now allowed at state seacoast beaches. Gyms can open at 50% capacity. Bowling alleys, libraries, funeral homes, museums, art galleries, and pools can also open. Outdoor attractions such as tourist trains can resume. Overnight summer camps can open a week after that. Indoor movie theaters, performing arts centers, and amusement parks can all open with capacity limits.

Larger hotels, inns, and campgrounds can operate at 100% capacity. The New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the rescheduled NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Aug. 2, with the grandstands at up to 50% capacity. There is no longer a quarantine requirement for people coming from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island for recreational activities.

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New Jersey
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,975 per 100,000 people — 2nd biggest (total: 175,915)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 153 per 100,000 people — the biggest (total: 13,635)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 19,321 per 100,000 people — 5th biggest (total: 1,721,231)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 1.2% — 3rd smallest increase (from 173,878 to 175,915)
> Population: 8,908,520

New Jersey is in phase 2 of reopening. On July 8, Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings in outdoor public settings where social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are also required in indoor spaces such as retail and recreational businesses and mass transit. Plans to resume indoor dining have been postponed indefinitely.

Traditional practices and competitions were allowed to resume after July 6 for medium-risk sports and after July 20 for high-risk sports. Amusement parks, casinos, and playgrounds statewide are allowed to reopen. The limit on outdoor gatherings was raised to 500 people on July 3. People can gather outside in groups of 100.