WASHINGTON, D.C. (CW69 News at 10) — Wallethub, a personal finance website, says it used 16 key metrics to rank the 50 states and the District of Columbia as of June 22, 2020, to determine which ones have the fewest coronavirus restrictions.

In a prior study, Georgia ranked 39th before moving up to the 28th spot last month. In this new study, the Peach State has now moved up another 10 spots to rank at number 18.

Researchers say Georgia’s decision to fully re-open restaurants and non-essential businesses, ease large gathering restrictions and resume its legislative sessions contributed to this higher ranking.

Wallethub lists South Dakota, Wisconsin and Utah and the top three states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions. New Mexico, Vermont and California are ranked as having the most restrictions.

Some of the general metrics used to determine the rankings include whether a shelter-in-place is in effect and if child care programs and restaurants have re-opened.

To view the full Wallethub study and more key metrics, click here.

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