With states opening up more but a full reopening only possible once most of the population has been vaccinated, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos and audio files.

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.

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on March 1, 2021.

Biggest Changes in Rank from the Previous Report

  • Idaho moved from 14 to 4, up 10 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has eased restrictions on large gatherings, has fully reopened restaurants and bars and has no mandate on face coverings in public.
  • Illinois moved from 42 to 30, up 12 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has reopened restaurants and bars while maintaining some service limits, has eased restrictions on large gatherings and has reopened non-essential businesses with limitations.
  • Wyoming moved from 16 to 24, down 8 positions. This is due in part to the fact that the state has imposed service limits for restaurants and bars, and has instituted new restrictions for non-essential businesses.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:




Here is the information specific to Maryland:

States with the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions rank for Maryland: 27th.

Overtime Changes to State Social Distancing Measures for Maryland:

  • Rank on March 2nd: 27th
  • Rank on January 26th: 24th
  • Rank on October 6, 2020: 24th

COVID-19 Death Rate vs Restrictions: 21st & 27th

Unemployment Ranking vs Restrictions Ranking: 28th & 27th

View the full report here:  https://wallethub.com/edu/states-coronavirus-restrictions/73818

Scott E


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