By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming has moved down two spots in a ranking of states that have the fewest coronavirus restrictions in the nation, coming in at No. 7.
This was according to personal finance website WalletHub, which does a monthly ranking of the states and their respective coronavirus-related restrictions.
In September, Wyoming was in fifth place, down from being tied fourth with Idaho in August.
October’s lower rating comes despite the fact that no new restrictions have been imposted by state officials to prevent the spread of the coronavirus since the last poll was conducted. In fact, at the end of September, Gov. Mark Gordon announced the state would lift seating restrictions on the state’s restaurants to allow them to return to full capacity operation.
The study noted that in addition being among the states with the fewest restrictions, Wyoming also has one of the lowest coronavirus death counts.
Wisconsin is at number six for restrictions and Missouri is following Wyoming at number eight in the ranking.
South Dakota again ranked first, with the fewest restrictions in the nation.
WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, ranging from whether restaurants are opened to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings.
California and Hawaii were the lowest ranking states, respectively, meaning that they have the most coronavirus restrictions in the nation.