ANNAPOLIS — Maryland ranks 25th among U.S. states when it comes to restrictions and mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That is according to a new research report from WalletHub. The rankings are based on mask mandates, where states are at with reopening schools, restaurants, bars and other businesses, contact tracing programs and other restrictions related to COVID-19.
In June and July, Maryland ranked as one of the most restrictive states when it came to COVID-19. Earlier this month, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a new order allowing theaters and live entertainment venues to open. Hogan’s order also allows churches and retail stores to expand their capacity. The Republican governor has also back phased-in plans by school districts to reopen for in-class instruction for students.
Some local school districts, such as Talbot County Public Schools and Caroline County Public Schools, are bringing back some students for in-person classes.
South Dakota and Utah have the fewest COVID-19 mandates while Hawaii, California and Virginia have the most, according to WalletHub. Delaware ranks 31st and the District of Columbia 41st in the rankings.