States that Have the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions – Where Does NY Rank?

With the U.S. starting to open up more but a full reopening only possible once we achieve widespread vaccination, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions

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WalletHub has released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions.

To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A.

Coronavirus Restrictions in New York (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):

  • 12th – Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
  • 29th – Workplace Temperature Screening
  • 18th – State Guidance on Customer Health Checks at Restaurants
  • 36th – Travel Restrictions
  • 26th – Large Gatherings Restrictions
  • 45th – Strictness of “Shelter in Place” Order
  • 22nd – Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
  • 22nd – Reopening of Restaurants and Bars14th – Working from Home
  • 14th – Requirements/Recommendations


How might the results of the election impact COVID-19 restrictions?

“The results of the election will likely bring about a more uniform COVID-19 response across the U.S., as the Biden administration will likely use the power of Federal Government dollars to encourage states to follow the same types of plans,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “We may also see an additional stimulus to help support people whose livelihoods are impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.”

Is there a correlation between how restrictive a state is and its unemployment rate?

“There is a moderate correlation between a state’s restrictiveness and its unemployment rate,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “WalletHub’s analysis found that 68% of states with few COVID-19 restrictions had low unemployment rates. This makes sense because states with fewer restrictions allow more places to open, which in turn provides more opportunities to work.”

Should states strictly enforce their COVID-19 restrictions?

“States should strictly enforce their COVID-19 restrictions because otherwise there is no incentive for people to follow the rules. If there are no consequences for disobeying a state’s mask mandate, for example, people will be more likely to try to enter crowded areas without masks, which in turn will contribute to the spread of the virus,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Fines are a good deterrent to make sure Americans follow COVID-19 restrictions, and enforcement will also minimize the need for citizens to play the police.”