California has some of the highest COVID restrictions in the nation, whereas Florida has lifted many of its restrictions, including restaurants and schools. Let’s explore the facts. As of 03/09/2021, there are 16 states that have lifted COVID restrictions/mask mandates.
|Total Cases Overall||3,620,000||1,980,000|
|Total deaths (03/15/20-03/14/21)||56,351||32,254|
|Schools||Six million students in distance learning.A projected cost (incentive) of at least $2 billion just to open TK-2nd grade classes by 04/01/21.||All schools open as of October 2020.|
|Restaurants/Dining||Nearly 95% statewide shutdown of indoor dining.||All restaurants and dining open as of June 2020.|
|2020 Year-End Report: Losers||1.6 million job loss. Business property values plummet by 30%. Unemployment rate 9%. >111,000 callers to LifeLine (suicide helpline) from Jan-Jun 2020.|
|2020 Year-End Report: Winners||California State: tax collection $10.5 billion ahead of schedule, billions in federal money is paying hotels for rooms for homeless and meal delivery services for seniors and homeless. Billionaires and large corporations: wealth increased by $1.3 trillion. Ventura County public official: pay raised by 12.5% during the pandemic.||Florida constituents: recovered >60% of lost jobs. Suicide rates dropped by 13%.|