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Recommended Subject Line: Documenting America’s Path to Recovery #264: June 10, 2021

Welcome to Documenting the Path to America’s Recovery. Today we look at:

  • Changes in coronavirus restrictions in kentucky
  • The end of social distancing in Maine schools
  • Vaccine Distribution
  • Closing and Reopening of Schools
  • travel restrictions
  • Federal Answers
  • COVID-19 policy changes this time last year

We are committed to keeping you up to date on everything from mask requirements to vaccine-related policies. We will keep you informed about major developments – especially those that affect your daily life. Want to know what we covered yesterday? Click on here.

The next 24 hours

what’s changing next 24 hours?

Illinois (Democratic Trifeta): The state will enter Reopening Phase 5 on June 11th. On that day, the statewide mask requirement will end, and major events and meetings can expand to full capacity.

kentucky (divided government):

  • Governor Andy Beshear (D) will end the statewide mask requirement for everyone (including unvaccinated people) on June 11th.
  • Senior Citizens Centers in the State will reopen at full capacity on June 11th.

Since our last issue

What rules and restrictions are changing in each state? For a continuously updated article, click on here.

Maine (Democratic Trifeta): Governor Janet Mills (D) announced all social distancing requirements will be lifted for schools in the fall of 2021. Mills said he expects all schools to offer full-time in-person classes when the requirement ends.

Washington (Democratic Trifeta): On Wednesday, June 9, Governor Jay Inslee (D) confirmed that locations that can accommodate 10,000 or more people will still be restricted to 75% capacity as the state lifts most COVID-19 restrictions. Inslee said he would lift most restrictions once 70% of eligible residents were vaccinated.

Vaccine Distribution

We last saw the distribution of the vaccine in the June 8th newsletter edition. As of June 9, the states with the highest vaccination rates as a percentage of the total population (including children) were:

The states with the lowest rates were:

Closing and Reopening of Schools

See More information: School responses to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) during the 2020-2021 academic year

We analyzed for the last time the closing and reopening of schools in June 3rd. Since then, no state has changed school reopening guidelines.

All over the country:

  • Two states (Del., Hawaii) and Washington, D.C. had state-ordered closure of regional schools, mandatory closure for certain levels of schooling, or allowed only hybrid education.
    • 2016-17 Enrollments: 403,664 students (0.80% of students nationwide)
  • Thirteen states had state-ordered face-to-face instruction.
    • 2016-17 Enrollments: 15,432,755 students (30.51% of students nationwide)
  • A state (Ariz.) Had state-ordered face-to-face instruction for certain grades.
    • 2016-17 Enrollments: 1,123,137 students (2.22% of students nationwide)
  • Thirty-four states left decisions to schools or districts.
    • 2016-17 Enrollments: 33,628,303 students (66.48% of students nationwide)

travel restrictions

See More information: Travel restrictions issued by states in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), 2020


  • Since the start of the pandemic, governors or state agencies in 27 states and the District of Columbia have issued executive orders restricting visitors from other states. At least 24 of these orders have been terminated.
    • As of June 3, one state announced plans to change its travel restrictions.


  • Hawaii – Gov. David Ige (D) has announced that fully vaccinated travelers who have been vaccinated in Hawaii will be able to bypass the quarantine or testing requirement when flying from out of state as of June 15th. He also announced that all travel restrictions between counties will end on June 15th.

Federal Answers

See More information: Policy responses to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), 2020

  • On June 8, Department of Defense (DoD) Press Secretary John Kirby announced the DoD would close three mass vaccination sites, leaving five operating nationwide. The DoD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operated 35 sites earlier this year, when demand for vaccines was highest.
  • On June 3, President Joe Biden (D) announced the US will share 25 million doses of coronavirus with foreign countries. Nineteen million will go to the World Health Organization (WHO) COVAX initiative, while the rest will go directly to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

This time last year: Friday, June 12, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in the US was confirmed on January 21, 2020. But it wasn’t until March when the new coronavirus changed the lives of most Americans. Throughout March and April, many states issued stay-at-home orders, closed schools, restricted travel, and altered election dates. Many of these policies remain in effect today. Each week, we’ll look at some of the defining policy responses to the initial coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s what happened last year. To see a list of all policy changes in each category, click on the links below.

Friday, June 12, 2020:

  • Electoral changes:
    • North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed HB1169 into law, reducing the requirement to sign witnesses on completed absentee ballots from two to one.
    • California Superior Court Judge Perry Parker of Sutter County has issued a temporary restraining order suspending Executive Order N-67-20, which authorized counties to consolidate polling places in the Nov. 3 general election since counties to offer three days of early voting.

Paula Fonseca