liberty (lĭb′ər-tē) n. pl. lib·er·ties
2. a. The condition of being free from oppressive restriction or control by a government or other power.
All Pennsylvanians can be proud that only one state has relinquished more of their liberties than the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania home of the Liberty Bell.
By Karen Shuey firstname.lastname@example.org / Aug 11, 2020 Updated 14 hrs ago
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has taken the fight against the coronavirus very seriously.
In fact, according to WalletHub, only one other state has put more severe coronavirus restrictions in place than Pennsylvania, and that is California.
The personal finance website ranked each state and the District of Columbia from least restrictive to most restrictive by evaluating 19 metrics, with ranking No. 1 being least restrictive.
Coming in at No. 50 out of 51 is the Keystone State, according to WalletHub.
WalletHub ranked states based on a point system where states were given between zero and one point depending on how restrictive measures are now and in the past.
The less restrictive a state’s measures, the more of each point it was given.
The factors included whether the state has any penalties for not complying with coronavirus mandates and whether the state has required masks in public, WalletHub said.
Pennsylvania had 29.89 points, a fairly distant second to California’s 21.59. Twenty states were bunched in the 30s.
By categories, with higher numbers meaning more restrictive, Pennsylvania ranked
• 18th in mask-wearing requirements.
• 22nd in reopening nonessential businesses.
• 31st in reopening child care centers.
• 32nd in large gathering restrictions
• 45th in reopening restaurants and bars.
The state with the least number of restrictions is South Dakota with a score of 87.38.
Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst, said the Mount Rushmore State earned that distinction in part because it is one of only five states that have taken no action on face masks in public, has fully reopened bars and is one of only five states that never required nonessential businesses to close during the pandemic.
Gonzalez explained California’s ranking.
She said the Golden State received that title because it requires everyone to wear face masks in public, has banned all gatherings, has newly closed nonessential businesses and is the only state with a limited statewide quarantine in place.