Texas Among The States With The Most COVID-19 Restrictions
When it comes to restrictions due to the coronavirus, Texas finds itself among some very blue states. WalletHub recently set out to do a study on which states had the fewest coronavirus restrictions and the results may surprise some people.
According to a press release, WalletHub looked at different types of restrictions including mask mandates, social distancing, reopening of non-essential businesses, mandates on large gatherings and more.
When it came to restrictions, Texas ranked as the sixth restrictive state (including Washington, D.C.) in the nation. According to WalletHub, here is how Texas ranked on the issues.
Coronavirus Restrictions in Texas (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):
- 18th – Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
- 28th – Workplace Temperature Screening
- 31st – Reopening of Child-Care Programs
- 43rd – Large Gatherings Restrictions
- 48th – Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
- 36th – Reopening of Restaurants and Bars
- 16th – Working from Home Requirements/Recommendations
States that fell on the least restrictive side were South Dakota which ranked as the least restrictive state in America, followed by Utah, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Texas ranked 46th on the list towards the most restrictive states. Texas was only followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and finally, California which was ranked as the most restrictive state when it comes to coronavirus.
Governor Greg Abbott put into place the mask mandate in early July and has not said when the mandate would go away. In recent weeks, Abbott has said that social distancing and wearing of masks could help during the upcoming flu season.