Texas Among States With Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions
The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented shutdowns in all 50 states. From not being able to get your hair cut by a professional to not being able to go to church on Sundays, the pandemic has caused major disruptions in everyone's lives.
Now that states are slowly starting to open back up, WalletHub conducted a study to determine which of the states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions.
The study was conducted using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia with the following criteria:
- Requirement to wear a face mask in public
- Travel restrictions
- Large gatherings restrictions
- Statewide school restart
- Reopening of restaurants and bars
- Reopening of non-essential businesses
- Strictness of “Shelter in Place” order
- Suspension or postponement of legislative sessions
- Guidance on elective surgery and medical procedures
It should come as no surprise that Texas ranked Number 8 on the list seeing as our state was one of the first to reopen when Phase 1 began on May 1st.
In case you’re wondering how are neighbors to the north in Oklahoma fared in the study, the Sooner State came in at number 15 on the list.
Here’s how each state ranked:
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- New Jersey
- District of Columbia
- Rhode Island