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Thursday, 13 August 2020 16:00

Analysis: California Has Most Coronavirus Restrictions in U.S.

Written by Dan McCaleb, The Center Square

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California has the most government-imposed restrictions on individuals and businesses in the country in response to COVID-19.

That's according to a new analysis by the financial services website WalletHub, which ranks the states and Washington D.C. by their coronavirus restrictions.

 

WalletHub has been compiling state rankings for restrictions since May, and California has been named the most restrictive state each time since July 7. The latest rankings are as of Aug. 11.

 

Gov. Gavin Newsom was the first governor to impose a statewide stay-at-home order when he did so March 19. At the time, the Bay area and Los Angeles were hotspots for COVID-19. He began easing restrictions in May but reimposed many in June as the number of cases began to rise.

 

Those restrictions have come at a cost. California had an unemployment rate of 14.9% in June, fifth highest in the country.

 

Wallethub's rankings were compiled using 19 metrics, including face mask requirements, travel restrictions, the pace of business and school reopenings and more.

 

WalletHub talked to a number of outside experts about best practices for reopening the economy, including Vlad Tarko, a professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Political Economy and Moral Science.


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