We get it – you’ve been cooped up for months and are itching to get out of the house and have some sort of normalcy back in your life.
And while some states are forcing people to wear masks and banning everything from playing Frisbee to eating out, other places in America have laxed restrictions and are allowing people to hike, swim, and even attend a comedy show!
So if you’re looking to book a summer vacation where you can actually leave your hotel room and do stuff, here are the states with the least restrictions.
If you’re looking for a vibrant and fun place to visit, don’t underestimate South Dakota.
Even better, South Dakotans have the freedom to choose which events they want to attend and which ones they’d prefer to avoid.
This past April, two large auto races where scheduled to take place in South Dakota, and while the Governor encouraged people not to attend, she didn’t mandate that they couldn’t – and so the event went on.
Of course, Governor Noem faced criticism for not forcing people to stay home, but she handled the criticism with confidence in her decision.
“I can encourage people not to go. I don’t think it’s a good idea for them to attend,” Noem said. “I still recommend that we follow the plans that I have laid out for South Dakota where we don’t gather in sizes of over 10 and that folks continue to social distance if they’re not feeling well to stay home and to wash their hands.”
Asked if she could do anything stronger to stop people from attending the races, Noem said encouraging people not to attend is the course she will take.
The county can’t stop the gathering either. Noem said at the press conference that legislation to expand cities’ rights to prohibit these kinds of gathering to counties did not pass.”
This is what freedom in America is all about – allowing people to choose for themselves the best course of action for their family and not subjected to a blanket restrictive mandate.
Last month, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court overturned the mandated “stay-at-home order” and deemed it unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.
Woo-hoo! Preach it.
The court also ruled that any and all future COVID-19 restrictions must be approved by the legislature.
Talk about a win for freedom!
Upon hearing the ruling, several bars and restaurants began opening their doors.
Of course, they are encouraging guests to still practice social distancing and providing hand sanitation stations, but it’s still a step in the right direction.
Residents of Illinois who are still trapped by restrictions and mandates crossed state lines to shop and eat out with friends.
And many Wisconsin residents were more than happy to finally get back to some sense of normalcy.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
“The governor’s office can no longer keep our economy closed under a one-size-fits-all statewide order,” state Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, said in an online video to constituents. “I am excited to see this reopening occur after weeks of hearing from friends, neighbors and local business owners about the stress this order had placed on their livelihoods.”
Most of Utah is in the “yellow” phase of reopening – which is deemed low-risk.
Team sports are happening, pools are opened, and gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.
Masks are “recommended” but not mandatory and the people of Utah are permitted to dine out at restaurants and bars.
And while not yet at full capacity, entertainment venues like comedy clubs and performing arts have opened their doors to allow a reduced number of patrons get some much-needed fun!
If you want to visit Utah this summer, you’ll find several outdoor activities open like the Hoggle Zoo and Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
Longing to simply play outside?
Don’t worry, most of Utah is in the “yellow status” designation which means park playgrounds, restrooms, sport courts, and athletic fields are all open!
And while things aren’t completely back to normal yet, at least Americans can enjoy that taste of freedom they’ve been missing for months.
So what is there to do in Idaho?
Especially since Idaho’s Governor moved the state into Stage 4 – which allows everything from nightclubs to sporting venues to open.
While there are still social distancing requirements, at least people can get back to living their lives!
The Governor’s order states public and private gatherings of more than 50 people can resume and that 100 percent of businesses will now be able to operate – they just have to follow social distancing requirements.
Freedom Always Trumps Tyranny
While politicians and bureaucrats try and spread fear and force people to wear masks and stay home, these states show that freedom always triumphs.
People should have the ability to decide for themselves what risks they are willing to take when venturing out.
Some folks may choose to wear masks when out and public, and that’s their choice.
Others may not for a wide range of personal reasons, whether because masks make it difficult for them to breathe or they simply choose not to.
Regardless of their reason, they should have the freedom to choose.
In contrast, the states that are employing COVID-19 “trackers” and “beach ambassadors” to police Americans is going to backfire.
After all, who wants to visit the beach and be forced to wear a mask?
No freedom lovin’ person I know.
These states are sure to see a decline in tourism.
But fear not!
If you’re longing to get out and travel – the friendly states listed above have the most relaxed restrictions so you can actually enjoy your vacation.