With some states continuing to reopen while others have paused or reversed course due to surges in COVID-19, the personal-finance website WalletHub today identified which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics. The following is how NYS compared to others:
Coronavirus Restrictions in New York (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):
- 16th– Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
- 28th– Workplace Temperature Screening
- 18th– State Guidance on Customer Health Checks at Restaurants
- 15th– Travel Restrictions
- 15th– Large Gatherings Restrictions
- 47th– Strictness of “Shelter in Place” Order
- 22nd– Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
- 13th– Reopening of Restaurants and Bars
- 16th– Working from Home Requirements/Recommendations
Q&A with WalletHub
What long-term consequences will there be if schools remain closed for part or all of the fall semester?
“If schools remain closed for part or all of the fall semester, one positive impact will be that the spread of COVID-19 among children will be minimized,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Unfortunately, there are many negative consequences that come with keeping schools closed. Students are likely to learn less than they would through classroom instruction, and the achievement gap between wealthy and poor students is projected to widen. Parents with young children will need to make sure the children have supervision at home, which could mean that many parents may be unable to earn a living.”
Why does South Dakota rank as the state with the fewest coronavirus restrictions?
“South Dakota ranks as the state with the fewest coronavirus restrictions in part because it has no restrictions on large gatherings and it is one of only five states that have not taken any action on face coverings in public,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “South Dakota does not require or recommend working from home, and it is one of only five states that never required non-essential businesses to close during the pandemic.”