According to a new report, the Lone Star state is the 8th state in the nation with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions. With many states beginning to ease their restrictions due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we are starting to see which states are starting to open up faster than others. This week, the state of Washington will again allow fishing, hunting, and golfing outdoors while in-person retail sales will begin in Arizona by the end of the week, per USA Today.

The personal-finance website WalletHub decided to look at all 50 states to see which areas had the fewest restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The website compared 9 key metrics and found that Texas made it into the top 10 of the fewest restrictions:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Utah
  3. North Dakota
  4. Missouri
  5. Idaho
  6. Tennessee
  7. Montana
  8. Texas
  9. Florida
  10. Iowa

Here is how the Lone Star state ranked on the metrics:

Coronavirus Restrictions in Texas (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):

  • 1st – Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
  • 11th – Travel Restrictions
  • 10th – Large Gatherings Restrictions
  • 7th – “Shelter in Place” Order
  • 1st – Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
  • 3rd – Reopening of Restaurants and Bars

Our neighboring state New Mexico did far better for their COVID-19 restrictions in the state. New Mexico came in at number 35 on the WalletHub report. Many nonessential businesses in the Land of Enchantment are still closed and residents are still being told to shelter-in-place. The stricter guidelines make sense since the city of Gallup, New Mexico was under lockdown after the state invoked the Riot Law this past weekend due to their high number of COVID-19 cases. Find out more about the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions on the WalletHub website.