COVID Regulations By Country (and by U.S. State)

I started searching for the above today and recognize it should be “COVID-19 regulations by country” but the shorthand seems to work well enough. What I found was a lot of information that covered similar territories. And as a result, it becomes unclear how to figure out the most up-to-date info. That’s not a criticism of course, but more of a statement of fact with respect to how we have so much information available to us these days — but it’s unclear which is the most up to date on the Internet. Locally-sourced information definitely beats globally-sourced information right now.

  • The U.S. Department of State links to 208 countries’ respective information sites all the way from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dynamic map of the risk-assessment level (1 thru 4 also with ‘unknown’) for COVID-19.
  • The IATA TravelCentre map of known travel regulations ranging from “totally restrictive” to “not restrictive” for ability to travel.
  • Kayak has a nice map that visualizes the country-level entry restrictions for air travel and also noting which countries are “reopening soon.”
  • Oxford publishes a regularly updated JSON file that maps out school, workplace, and the-whole-kitchen sink information on closings.
  • PWC has a tool where you can compare countries’ regulatory changes sort of like a car shopping experience.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce maintains a global dashboard of many policy-related links that span countries from Algeria to Vietnam.
  • The World Health Organization is publishing daily updates as PDFs that list reported cases at the regional level.

At the state level in the U.S., I found the following:

  • My favorite visualization of the trendlines at the state level in the U.S. has to be ProPublica’s ingenious trajectory viewer.
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures is running a data visualizer that tracks legislation related to COVID-19. Drilldown is here.
  • The U.S. Library of Congress has a catalog of the types of federal, state, and local government responses to COVID-19.
  • The National Governors Association maintains a list of State COVID-19 testing-related links.
  • Princeton maintains a list of COVID-19 resources for states that spans various dimensions of responding to COVID-19.
  • Oxford is maintaining a Github repo of U.S. State policies-related data feeds. School closure info is being tracked as well.
  • The CDC has a county-level viewer of reported cases of COVID-19 that lets you see the U.S. in higher resolution than I’ve become used to.
  • carries a directory of State Health Departments that are one-click away if you don’t know where to go to on a state site.
  • A team led by someone I know (who I can vouch for) has a site called with some useful aggregated information.
  • @rypan points to this ML-based predictive model of “likely” numbers (vs reported) COVID-19 cases in the U.S. that drills down to the state level.
  • The Atlantic has the COVID Tracking Project which is publishing comprehensive data and visualizations at the state level.
  • The National Academy for State Health Policy has a table that describes policies at the state level for masks, stay-at-home, and reopenings.
  • A for-profit called Multistate maintains a table with restrictions listed plus an “openness score” that covers Alabama to Wyoming.
  • There’s also a drilldown on Multistate that goes to the local county level as well where there is available resolution and information.
  • Multistate has been really busy at work, and also has a “state reopening guide” that is current as of November 25, 2020.