Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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New Mexico
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 740 per 100,000 people — 20th smallest (total: 15,514)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 26 per 100,000 people — 19th biggest (total: 551)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 20,521 per 100,000 people — 3rd biggest (total: 430,006)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 13.0% — 22nd smallest increase (from 13,727 to 15,514)
> Population: 2,095,428

Due to a spike in new coronavirus cases in New Mexico, indoor dining at restaurants has been banned, and bars have been ordered to close at least through July 30. Outdoor seating at restaurants and breweries is allowed at no more than 50% capacity. Close contact businesses such as tattoo shops and personal service salons are now limited to 25%; gyms to 25% as well, down from 50% before the new order. State parks are closed again for out-of-state visitors.

COVID-19 testing sites located throughout the state now offer free testing on Mondays for employees at restaurants, farmers’ markets, food manufacturing facilities, and grocery stores.

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New York
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 2,063 per 100,000 people — the biggest (total: 403,175)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 128 per 100,000 people — 2nd biggest (total: 24,994)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 24,485 per 100,000 people — the biggest (total: 4,784,927)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 1.0% — the smallest increase (from 398,237 to 402,263)
> Population: 19,542,209

Businesses in New York state can deny entry to people without masks. In-person special education instruction can take place over the summer. Five regions are in phase 4 of reopening — Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier. In phase 4, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, an increase from 25 allowed in phase 3. Malls can reopen if they have implemented an enhanced heating, ventilation and air conditioning filtration system.

New York City entered phase 3 on July 6. Personal care services can open but limit workforce and customer presence to 50% of maximum occupancy. However, in the food service industry, indoor dining has been postponed. Outdoors, tables must be located at least 6 feet apart.

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North Carolina
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 862 per 100,000 people — 24th biggest (total: 89,484)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 15 per 100,000 people — 21st smallest (total: 1,552)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 12,085 per 100,000 people — 21st biggest (total: 1,254,846)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 17.9% — 20th biggest increase (from 75,875 to 89,484)
> Population: 10,383,620

Phase 2 of reopening North Carolina was set to expire on June 26, but the state paused further reopening plans due to a surge in new COVID-19 cases. People in the state are now required to wear face coverings when in public, making the state the first in the South to issue such a mandate. Children under 11, people with preexisting conditions, and those exercising outdoors are exempt.

Gatherings of up to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors are allowed. Restaurants are now open but must operate at 50% capacity and follow strict sanitation and social distancing guidelines. Bars and gyms are to remain closed.

North Dakota
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 591 per 100,000 people — 15th smallest (total: 4,493)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 12 per 100,000 people — 16th smallest (total: 88)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 16,450 per 100,000 people — 8th biggest (total: 125,033)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 15.3% — 24th smallest increase (from 3,898 to 4,493)
> Population: 760,077

Movie theaters, gyms, salons, tattoo parlors, bars, and restaurants are open. Bars and restaurants are now allowed to increase capacity to 75%; movie theaters are allowed to increase capacity to 65%; and fitness centers may consider resuming classes with social distancing. The recommended capacity for banquets and weddings increased to 75% of venue occupancy, but to no more than 500 people.

Long-term care facilities can start a phased approach to resuming visitation, preferably outdoors. Visitors should make an appointment. Nursing homes approved for phase 1 can resume group dining and other activities such as bingo.

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Ohio
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 582 per 100,000 people — 14th smallest (total: 67,995)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 26 per 100,000 people — 20th biggest (total: 3,069)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: N/A
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 15.4% — 25th smallest increase (from 58,904 to 67,995)
> Population: 11,689,442

People are required to wear face coverings when in public. Gyms and fitness centers are able to reopen, and non-contact and limited-contact sports can resume with safety protocols in place. Public and club pools can reopen as can miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys. Catering and banquet centers can reopen if tables are at least 6 feet apart and gatherings should not exceed 300 people. Entertainment facilities such as country clubs, indoor movie theaters, outdoor playgrounds, trampoline parks, and zoos can now also open.

Contact practice for all sports are allowed to resume, as long as participants adhere to safety protocols.