Nevada Makes Top 20 In List Of States With Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions

Midwest Gets High Marks, Northeast Goes Low

Mitch Kelly
September 15, 2020 - 6:46 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - All states have at least partially reopened after keeping non-essential businesses closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the U.S. is still far from a full reopening.

Many states have put a hold on moving to the next stage of reopening, or have even reversed course and closed certain businesses again due to surges in the disease.

In order to determine the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions, the financial website WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics ranging from whether restaurants have reopened to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. 

In spite of the fact that bars in Clark County that don't serve food are required to remain closed, WalletHub says Nevada is one of the states with the fewest restrictions, ranking the Silver State 16th overall.

South Dakota continues to be rated as far and away the state with the fewest number of restrictions. They've held the top spot ever since WalletHub began ranking states. They're followed by Utah, Okalhoma, Iowa and Wyoming.

On the flip side, there's not much "Aloha" in Hawaii these days, as they command the spot of the state that's most restrictive. Following Hawaii - California, Virginia, Massachusetts and Arizona. 

For a look at the full WalletHub study, click here.