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Utah has 3rd fewest COVID-19 restrictions in US, study claims

Posted at 10:40 AM, Oct 06, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Even as daily cases continue to rise in the state, a new study shows Utah has the third-fewest COVID-19 restrictions in the U.S.

The rankings from WalletHub were based on data through Monday and showed Utah with the country's fewest restrictions in the following areas:

  • Travel Restrictions
  • Reopening of Restaurants and Bars
  • Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
  • Working from Home Requirements
  • Strictness of "Shelter in Place" Order
  • State Guidance on Customer Health Checks at Restaurants

The study used 17 key metrics in determining the rankings, including whether a state requires face masks to be worn in public and if there are penalties for not complying with Coronavirus legislation.

Despite some of the fewest COVID-19 restrictions in the U.S., Utah's "Unemployment Ranking vs. Restrictions Ranking" is nearly the lowest in the country (3rd). The state's "Death Rate vs Restrictions" numbers rank 17th overall.


  1. South Dakota
  2. Idaho
  3. UTAH
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Iowa
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Wyoming
  8. Missouri
  9. North Dakota
  10. Arkansas