Tennessee Is the State with the 6th Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions According to a WalletHub Survey Released Today
President Donald Trump has been pushing for states to open back up to save jobs and businesses and to help the economy. With some states beginning to open up for work and relax limitations put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions, as well as accompanying videos. Tennessee rates as the state with 6th fewest Coronavirus restrictions, according to the survey.
This is not surprising given that WalletHub also named Tennessee the 3rd least aggressive state in Coronavirus preparation, but in hindsight, Governor Bill Lee may have helped keep Tennessee businesses afloat by not shutting work places down as fast is other states and by not enforcing shelter-at-home restrictions.
On Friday, April 24, Gov. Lee issued the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s best practices for Tennessee businesses to reopen in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to keep employees and customers safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries.
To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 9 key metrics. The data set ranges from limits on large gatherings to the presence of a “shelter-in-place” order and whether restaurants and bars have reopened. here is how the Volunteer State ranks among the other 50 states.
Tennessee State with 6th Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions
Coronavirus Restrictions in Tennessee (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):
- 1st – Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
- 11th – Travel Restrictions
- 10th – Large Gatherings Restrictions
- 7th – “Shelter in Place” Order
- 7th – Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
- 3rd – Reopening of Restaurants and Bars
These factors place Tennessee in the top ten states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions.
How to maintain safety in the states that have the fewest restrictions:
“In order to stay safe in the states that have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, people can wear masks and gloves in public even if it’s not required, and they can minimize the amount of time they spend around other people,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “Employees whose jobs allow for working from home could request that their employers let them do so for another few months, and those who can’t work remotely should make sure their workplaces are cleaned regularly and have measures in place to reduce crowding.”
Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, May 4, 2020.
For the full report, please visit:
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- New Coronavirus Stats Announced for Tennessee
- Online Church Attendance Rises During Coronavirus Spike
- Top 10 COVID-19/Coronavirus Safety Tips
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