Special Report

Every State's Rules for Staying Open and Social Distancing

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Oklahoma
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 551 per 100,000 people — 12th smallest (total: 21,738)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 11 per 100,000 people — 12th smallest (total: 428)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: N/A
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 26.2% — 7th biggest increase (from 17,220 to 21,738)
> Population: 3,943,079

The state is in phase 3 of reopening. Businesses can now resume staffing at their work sites, but social distancing guidelines must be followed. Businesses that were operating by appointment only can now start accepting walk-ins. Summer camps can open in line with safety guidelines. Limited visitation to hospitals may resume. Visitation at nursing homes and long-term care facilities can now resume in a phased approach.

Restrictions on salons, barbers, and pet groomers have been lifted. Restaurant dining, movie theaters, gyms, houses of worship, and sporting venues are allowed to reopen with certain restrictions, including adhering to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols. ShowBiz Cinemas temporarily closed all locations in the state, after being open for a few weeks, (as well as in Texas) due to the pandemic, and movie release dates are continuing to change.

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Oregon
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 306 per 100,000 people — 7th smallest (total: 12,805)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 6 per 100,000 people — 6th smallest (total: 244)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 7,273 per 100,000 people — 10th smallest (total: 304,802)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 20.7% — 14th biggest increase (from 10,605 to 12,805)
> Population: 4,190,713

A stay-at-home order is in effect in Oregon until further notice. Counties can begin lifting some restrictions when they meet certain requirements and must stay in phase 1 of the reopening for at least three weeks.

However, due to a surge in new COVID-19 cases in the state, all phase 1 counties will not be eligible to progress to phase 2 for at least 21 days. As of July 1, a statewide order mandated that people wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and outside. Indoor gatherings of more than 10 people are now banned.

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Pennsylvania
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 755 per 100,000 people — 21st smallest (total: 96,671)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 54 per 100,000 people — 10th biggest (total: 6,931)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: N/A
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 5.9% — 14th smallest increase (from 91,299 to 96,671)
> Population: 12,807,060

As of July 3, Pennsylvania was in a green phase of reopening, which is the third phase of easing restrictions on businesses and movement. Businesses can increase capacity to 75%, up from 50% under the yellow phase. Child care facilities can also reopen. Large gatherings are allowed but cannot exceed 250 people. Personal care services can open at 50% capacity and only by appointment. Entertainment venues are allowed to open at 50% as well. People are required to wear a mask when in public.

Due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases in western Pennsylvania, restaurants in several counties, including Beaver, were ordered to close for indoor dining again. Bars have to shut down as well in those countries, and gatherings are limited to 25 people. Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, shut down bars and indoor dining in food establishments as well.

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Rhode Island
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,663 per 100,000 people — 5th biggest (total: 17,588)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 93 per 100,000 people — 5th biggest (total: 985)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: 16,519 per 100,000 people — 6th biggest (total: 174,658)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 2.2% — 5th smallest increase (from 17,204 to 17,588)
> Population: 1,057,315

People are required to wear masks indoors as well as outdoors if they can’t maintain 6 feet of distance. The state has been in phase 3 of reopening since June 30. Social gatherings are now limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Weddings at venues can have 50 guests indoors and 100 people outdoors. Indoor venues that were operating at limited capacity during phase 2 can expand to 66% capacity as long as 6-foot spacing is maintained. Bars are limited to table service only.

Rhode Island now has a 14-day quarantine order that affects those travelling from states with positive test rates of 5% or greater as well as Puerto Rico. The state will be testing visitors coming from coronavirus hot spots.

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South Carolina
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of July 15: 1,188 per 100,000 people — 13th biggest (total: 60,389)
> COVID-19-related deaths as of July 15: 20 per 100,000 people — 25th smallest (total: 993)
> Total tests administered as of July 15: N/A
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 7 – July 14: 27.5% — 6th biggest increase (from 47,352 to 60,389)
> Population: 5,084,127

South Carolina is one of the states where new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been setting new records. Though the state of emergency order was extended, occupancy limits on retail businesses have been lifted. Bowling alleys are now open, but customers should bring their own bowling balls and shoes if possible. Traveling restrictions on visitors from high-risk areas have been lifted as well.

Residents are encouraged to work from home. Restaurants can choose to reopen for limited dine-in services if they follow state guidelines. Outdoor customer dining services are also allowed. Day camps can operate provided they comply with health and safety guidelines such as campers following physical distancing per groups.