In month 11 of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Coronavirus restrictions and lockdown of the state, the real damage is beginning to show.
Millions of Californians filed for unemployment benefits during Newsom’s government-ordered business shutdowns.
Hundreds of thousands of small businesses have permanently closed.
Public schools have been closed since last Spring. The SAT exam was cancelled. High schoolers have lost college opportunities, academic scholarships, and sports scholarships.
While other states have allowed athletics to return, California sports teams remain benched.
WalletHub just released a new report comparing the Coronavirus restrictions in the 50 states and District of Columbia, and California is dead last at number# 51. Virginia, known as “Little California,” is number# 50.
“While many more businesses are open now than were open a few months ago, and few states still have stay-at-home orders, the U.S. still has a ways to go to get to a full reopening,” WalletHub reports. “That won’t occur until we achieve widespread vaccination and curb the coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, some states have put a temporary pause on moving to the next stage of reopening, or have even reversed course and closed certain businesses again due to surges in COVID-19 transmission.”
In order to determine the states with the fewest and the most strict coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the states across 14 key metrics (listed below). The data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. Read on for the state ranking, additional insight from a panel of experts and a full description of our methodology.
Here are the top 10 least restrictive states:
|Overall Rank||State||Total Score||Delta in Overall Rank vs. October 6, 2020|
and the bottom 10 most restrictive states:
|48||District of Columbia||21.63||-5|
Run your mouse over the states to see the ranking:
Compare the states with the most and least coronavirus restrictions with political party dominance, based on a summary of results of the 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 presidential elections by state: Republican Party (red), Democratic Party (blue):
(Red: Carried by the Republicans in all four elections; Pink:Carried by the Republicans in three of the four elections; Purple: Carried by each party twice in the four elections; Light Blue:Carried by the Democrats in three of the four elections; Royal Blue: Carried by the Democrats in all four elections).
- Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public: Double Weight (~8.16 Points
- Travel Restrictions: Full Weight (~4.08 Points)
- Large Gatherings Restrictions: Triple Weight (~12.24 Points)
- Statewide School Restart: Double Weight (~8.16 Points)
- Reopening of Restaurants and Bars: Quadruple Weight (~16.33 Points)
- State Guidance on Customer Health Checks at Restaurants: Full Weight (~4.08 Points)
- Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses: Double Weight (~8.16 Points)
- Legislation on Business Immunity from COVID-19 Claims: Double Weight (~8.16 Points)
- Working from Home Requirements/Recommendations: Double Weight (~8.16 Points)
- Workplace Temperature Screening: Half Weight (~2.04 Points
- Strictness of “Shelter in Place” Order: Triple Weight (~12.24 Points)
- Presence of Multi-state Agreements to Reopen: Full Weight (~4.08 Points)
- Guidance on Elective Medical Procedures: Half Weight (~2.04 Points)
- Guidance for Assisted Living Facilities Related to COVID-19: Half Weight (~1.79 Points)
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