Delaware has 3rd most stringent Covid restrictions

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Only Vermont and the District of Columbia have more coronavirus restrictions than Delaware. That was the finding of a report from the financial advice site, WalletHub.

The First State now ranks higher than states known for restrictions, such as California, New Jersey, and New York.

Neighboring Maryland ranks 26th, while Pennsylvania is 36th, with New Jersey at the 41st spot.

Florida and Iowa rank No. one and two respectively in having the fewest restrictions.

Delaware has not moved off of more stringent restrictions for restaurants. Delaware Gov. John Carney has taken heat for retaining a 50 percent capacity cap on restaurant capacity.

At a virtual town hall on Tuesday night, Carney cited a recent uptick in Covid-19 cases and a modest increase in hospitalizations.

Many states have ended all restrictions despite a growing number of cases.

(Below is an interactive map with state rankings on restrictions)

Source: WalletHub
In order to determine the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics.
The data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings.
The report does not take into account the policies of businesses. Many chain stores have kept mask mandates in place.
Some states also allow counties and municipalities to have mask mandates. States like Florida have sought to end local curbs, citing constitutional and personal freedom issues
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