These 5 States Had the Strictest Lockdowns. Here's How They're Doing.
These states are taking their time to reopen compared to others much farther along in the process.
All around the country, various cities, counties, and states are in different phases of reopening. In some places, people are already enjoying the luxury of indoor dining or shopping at their favorite retail store. However, some states have stricter regulations for reopening, which means places like restaurants, hair salons, and gyms remain closed for business. The following states enacted the strictest lockdowns in the country, and with the regulations still in place, here's how their coronavirus numbers have fared. And for the parts of the country that never shutdown, check out These 6 States Never Went into Lockdown. Here's How They're Doing.
New Hampshire is one of the only states still on a stay-at-home order, though Gov. Chris Sununu recently announced that the order will expire on June 15. Outdoor recreational activities and beaches were allowed to open on June 5, but are limited to groups of 10 people or less for the most part. For restaurants, outdoor dining has been available since May 18 with restrictions, but only certain counties will be able to open for indoor dining (at reduced capacity) on June 15.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the state has had more than 5,200 COVID-19 cases with around 300 deaths. ProPublica says New Hampshire is a low risk state, with the percentage of positive tests decreasing. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
California is a large state, so reopening varies significantly from county to county. However, the entire state is still technically under a statewide stay-at-home order which was issued on Mar. 19—the first state to do so. The state is currently in phase two of its reopening plan, allowing some lower-risk workplaces to reopen with restrictions, including retail, manufacturing, offices, outdoor museums, and limited personal services. However, things like nail salons, tattoo parlors, public events, theme parks, in-person education, and indoor playgrounds are still closed statewide.
Currently, The New York Times has the state at more than 143,000 coronavirus cases with nearly 5,000 deaths. ProPublica lists California as a medium risk state, as positive tests per 100,000 people are still increasing.
Gov. Ned Lamont allowed Connecticut's stay-at-home order to expire on May 20. However, the state's restrictions are still pretty extensive, as indoor dining, indoor recreation, outdoor events, personal services, and fitness facilities all remain closed. And an executive order issued on Apr. 20 has required face coverings to be worn in public at all times when close contact is unavoidable.
The state health department reports that Connecticut has nearly 44,500 coronavirus cases with nearly 4,150 deaths. ProPublica lists Connecticut as a medium risk state due to the number of positive tests per capita, but positive tests are still decreasing by three percent. And for more on mask regulations, check out The 10 States With the Strictest Face Mask Laws.
New Jersey's stay-at-home order was lifted on June 9, and the state is currently still in their first stage of reopening, where restrictions have only been relaxed on certain low-risk activities. Some outdoor recreational businesses have been allowed to reopen, as have beaches and parks. Outdoor restaurant dining and nonessential retail stores won't open until phase two, however, which is estimated for June 15. Hair and nail salons are projected to open on June 22.
According to The New York Times, New Jersey has had more than 165,800 cases and almost 12,450 deaths. ProPublica still lists New Jersey as a medium risk state, but the positive tests per 100,000 people and percentage of tests that are positive are both decreasing significantly.
Hawaii made headlines for its strict coronavirus measures when the state tracked down and arrested a New York City man for breaking quarantine guidelines—and those guidelines are still in place. Out-of-state travelers coming to Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine through July 31, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
The state health department reports almost 700 coronavirus cases for Hawaii and 17 deaths. ProPublica lists Hawaii as a low risk state, but reports some data for the state as "unreliable" thus far. And for more about COVID-19 in the U.S., check out These Are the States Where Coronavirus Is Deadliest.