By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming has moved down one spot in an updated ranking of the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions.
Wyoming is now at fifth place, down from being tied fourth with Idaho in August, according to personal finance website WalletHub. South Dakota again ranked first, with the fewest restrictions in the nation.
Hawaii is now the state with the most coronavirus restrictions in the United States, just beating out the state previously ranked as having the most restrictions, California.
Wyoming is ranked so high in the list due to it having the least virus restrictions when it came to workplace temperature screenings, travel restrictions, strictness of a shelter-in-place order (there has been none issued in Wyoming), the speed with which it allowed for the reopening non-essential businesses and for the lack of working from home requirements/recommendations.
Wyoming was second when it came to how fast restaurants and bars reopened. The state was sixth when it came to requiring the use of face masks in public, 15th for large gathering restrictions and 18th for guidance on customer health checks at restaurants.
Since May, Wyoming has regularly placed in the top 10 for states with the fewest restrictions, with August being the highest ranking so far.
WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, ranging from whether restaurants have reopened to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings.
However, it was noted that although Wyoming has some of the fewest restrictions, the state also has one of the lowest death counts.