By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming is tied with Idaho in a ranking of states with the fewest coronavirus-related restrictions, according to the finance website Wallethub.
Wyoming has moved up two spots, as it ranked sixth in Wallethub’s ranking back in late July. South Dakota again ranked first.
California ranked last in the list, meaning it had the most restrictions of any state in the country.
Wyoming ranked higher due its first-place ranking for the fewest travel restrictions in the nation, having the fewest restrictions on the reopening of non-essential businesses, having no workplace temperature screening requirements and the least strict “shelter in place” orders. Wyoming never issued such an order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Wyoming also ranked second in the reopening of restaurants and bars, sixth in requiring residents to wear face masks in public and 15th in large gathering restrictions.
Wallethub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics, including whether child-care programs and restaurants have reopened or whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings.
Wyoming has steadily gone up in the Wallethub rankings since the pandemic began, jumping from 18th in May to sixth in July.