North Carolina Is the State with the 8th Most Coronavirus Restrictions

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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 today released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions.

To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. Their data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings.

North Carolina ranked among the top 10 most restrictive states and South Carolina ranked among the top 10 least restrictive states:

States with the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Delta in Overall Rank vs. October 6, 2020 
1 Oklahoma 84.69 3
2 South Dakota 81.63 -1
3 Iowa 76.05 2
4 Arkansas 75.85 6
5 Florida 75.51 6
6 Utah 75.20 -3
7 Missouri 73.47 1
8 Wisconsin 72.65 -2
9 Alaska 72.31 3
10 South Carolina 71.60 9
11 Kansas 67.21 6
12 Alabama 66.33 2
13 Montana 65.99 15
14 Idaho 65.68 -12
14 North Dakota 65.68 -5
16 Wyoming 65.37 -9
17 Nebraska 64.80 4
18 Georgia 62.04 -5
19 Tennessee 59.05 -1
20 Indiana 57.42 -5
21 Mississippi 57.35 1
22 Louisiana 56.80 3
23 New Hampshire 51.36 3
24 Maryland 50.88 0
25 West Virginia 47.72 2
26 Kentucky 45.78 11
27 Nevada 44.97 -7
28 Texas 43.06 7
29 Michigan 42.55 1
30 Arizona 42.04 15
31 Ohio 40.51 -15
32 Minnesota 39.86 0
33 Delaware 39.35 -2
34 New Jersey 39.01 13
35 Pennsylvania 37.62 7
36 Rhode Island 36.05 -7
37 Oregon 35.58 7
38 Colorado 33.88 8
39 New York 33.67 -1
40 Maine 33.54 8
41 Connecticut 32.52 -2
42 Illinois 31.74 -19
43 Hawaii 28.64 8
44 North Carolina 26.26 -11
45 Vermont 26.05 -4
46 Washington 24.83 -10
47 New Mexico 23.50 -13
48 District of Columbia 21.63 -5
49 Massachusetts 21.09 0
50 Virginia 18.57 -10
51 California 16.67 -1

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 25, 2021.

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