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6 States Never Went Into Lockdown During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated on June 29, 2020
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


During the middle of March, the United States shut down states to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. All except six states honored the mandate and entered into a lockdown phase. Only essential establishments remained open. Public places, restaurants, and retail stores were closed for the safety of the communities.

When the lockdown was lifted, it didn't apply to some states because they hadn't been locked down. The lockdown has been lifted and businesses that were closed have are now open. However, some of them have not opened to full capacity.

See which six states did not lockdown and find out how they were impacted by the pandemic.


1. Arkansas

Governor Asa Hutchinson did not agree to a lockdown. The Arkansas Times reported that the governor called state orders “an illusion." Some businesses did close on their own even though there was no lockdown order for the state.

Since May 18, large indoor facilities, movie theaters, concert halls, and entertainment areas were allowed to open with a 33 percent capacity.

The Arkansas Department of Health has recorded 19,310 cases of coronavirus with 13,270 recoveries and 259 deaths in the state with 3.018 million people.


2. Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa refused to issue a stay-at-home order. On April 7, Reynolds signed an order for non-essential businesses to close until April 30. That meant a day after the order expired, malls, restaurants, and fitness centers were allowed to reopen on May 1 at 50 percent capacity. On May 28, other places such as bars, salons, and movie theaters were also allowed to reopen at a 50 percent capacity.

The Iowa Department of Health currently estimates that in the state with a population of 3.155 million, there have been 28,478 confirmed positive coronavirus cases and 704 deaths.


3. Nebraska

Instead of Nebraska issuing a nationwide shelter-in-place order, a Directed Health Measure was issued to limit non-essential businesses to close for the time being. All except three counties are in phase II of re-opening.

That means restaurants, bars, salons, gyms, and wedding venues are all permitted to open but with only at a 50 percent capacity. General meetings are allowed to open with fewer than 25 people.

Records showed as of June 28 that Nebraska with a population of 1.934 million had 18,775 positive coronavirus cases and 267 deaths.


4. North Dakota

North Dakota never did issue an official state-wide shelter-in-place order. In April, Governor Doug Burgum closed some businesses. Shortly afterward on May 1, he re-opened bars, restaurants, salons, gyms, movie theaters, and some other public places.

As of June 28, there have been 3,495 positive COVID-19 cases, 3,139 recoveries, and 79 deaths. With a population of 762,062, North Dakota had 134 new cases in a single day. That was the largest number of confirmed cases the state has had.


5. South Dakota

Like its sister state, South Dakota never had an official lockdown. In fact, it was a state with the least coronavirus restrictions. It is the only state that never closed bars and restaurants.

The state is allowed to attend large gatherings. Face masks are advised by the state but not required.

The South Dakota Department of Health reported that with a population of 884,659, there were 6,681 cases of coronavirus, 5,752 recoveries, 838 active cases, and 91 deaths.


6. Wyoming

Governor Mark Gordon never gave the people of Wyoming an official order to stay at home. On March 25, he told them to stay home whenever possible. He made that statement based on public health orders to close schools and other businesses. Public health orders also prevented gatherings with 10 or more people.

On May 27, gatherings up to 25 people were approved. On June 1 restaurants, bars, salons, gyms, movie theaters, daycare centers, and more businesses were allowed to reopen.

As of June 28, according to the state department, Wyoming with a population of 578,759 reported 1,121 confirmed cases, 296 probable cases, 833 confirmed recoveries, and 224 probable recoveries. Only 20 Wyomingites have died after contracting COVID-19.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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    • Isivwe Muobo profile image

      Farrah Young 

      4 days ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      This is sad. Shouldn't there be a kind of sanction on these states for falling to adhere to this order? And I wish more people from these states had, on their hand, honoured the lockdown order. Afterall, it was put in place for their own safety and protection.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      5 days ago from Richmond, VA

      According to NBC News, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says the 7,500 people who are expected to attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will NOT be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

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      5 days ago

      Thanks for such nice information.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 days ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Noted, please.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      7 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great informative hub, Thanx.

      This is the best piece of have read with the facts.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 days ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I though the USA went into complete lockdown. Thank you.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile image

      Cheryl E Preston 

      7 days ago from Roanoke

      I did not know this. Thanks for sharing.


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