Many states and localities have “paused” or rolled back their reopening plans due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Read more in the below chart. Also, be sure to see FMI’s state and local face covering mandates chart here and the FMI State Issues Crisis Tracker here.

State/last updated

Reopening Plan

Current Stay at Home/Emergency Declaration

Alabama

11/2/20

For health guidance and current status of Alabama’s 67 counties, click here. See business guidelines here. Additional resources, including additional info from Alabama state agencies, see it here. See all state of emergency orders here.

Governor Ivey has extended theSafer at Home Order until 11/8 and the Public Health Emergency Order to 11/8, leaving liability protections and transportation waivers in place. Read more here.

Alaska

11/3/20

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has issued his “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan,” see it here. Industry guidance for phase 3 and 4, see it here. See all press releases here. Traveler info page, here.

10/28 presser on new supplies, facilities to fight COVID. Health mandate FAQ’s, see them here.

Arizona

12/8/20

12/3 latest actions and executive orders, including easy regulations on outdoor dining. Gov. Ducey has posted all executive orders here. Department of Health guidance. Antingen test info, here.

Gov. Ducey new executive order implements additional funding for hospital staffing, ADHS Holiday Guidance, testing at airports, vaccination tracking, and more.

 

 

 

The state remains under an emergency declaration.

7/27: Slowing the Spread. 8/10: Reopening for Business guidance.

 

Arkansas

11/19/20

11/13/20: establish gov’s winter COVID taskforce.

Gov. Hutchinson has created an economic recovery task force. Phase 2 began on 6/15.

Directives, effective June 15, 2020:

Business Limitations Phase II

Department of Health directives and guidance. 8/26 Directive on Face Coverings. Guidance on when COVID positive employees can return to work. Masks effective as of 7/20. Here is a list of all executive orders. Subscribe for updates here.

California

12/7/20

12/3: California Health Officials Announce a Regional Stay at Home Order Triggered by ICU Capacity. California Grocers Association reported on 12/7 that the Gov’s staff shared that grocery store occupancy will be restricted to 35% under the Regional Stay at Home Order. When a region under the Stay at Home Order moves below 15% ICU availability, the included counties and its grocery stores will have 24 hours to implement the new occupancy rate. The Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions will move under the Regional Stay at Home Order starting 12/7. CGA reports that several local jurisdictions in the Bay Area region are preemptively enacting the order, setting grocery store occupancy at an even further reduced 20%. The participating jurisdictions are Alameda County, City of Berkeley, Contra Costa County, Marin County, City and County of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. Under the state Regional Stay at Home Order store capacity is based on fire department occupancy limit. In most cases the fire code capacity limit does not include staff under the fire code. Individual store locations will know from their own individualized fire department occupancy limits whether staff members are included.

Employer Guidance on AB 685: (Chapter 84, Statutes of 2020) is a new California law that requires employers to notify employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 to the local health department. Employer FAQ on AB 685.10/28 Executive Order directs the California Department of Transportation to create a process for issuing temporary encroachment permits enabling commercial activities in the state highway right-of-way, allowing businesses located along state highways to expand their outdoor dining options onto sidewalks and parking areas, where safety permits.

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy shows a four-tier, color coded system that shows which counties can reopen. See it here. See all Department of Public Health Guidance here.See all executive orders here.

Guidance (8/24) for returning to school or work after a positive test.

Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order, issued on March 19 has no set end date, although it will end once the state begins Phase 4. The state remains under an emergency declaration.

Colorado

12/7/20

On 12/4 the governor extended an Executive Order on unemployment insurance.

10/30 Executive Order harmonizes the Protect Our Neighbors, Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors, and Stay at Home directives, combining them into one simplified framework: The Dial. Each county or region is subject to the corresponding directives based on its level on the dial. Read more here

Alcohol sales end at 10pm; read 7/21 EO here. All Colorado Public Health and Executive Orders.

On 11/14, Governor Polis amends and restates Executive Orders D 2020 045, D 2020 080, D 2020 114, D 2020 145, D 2020 169, D 2020 198, and D 2020 225

Connecticut

12/8/20

Gov. Lamont signed an EO increasing the amount that businesses can be fined for violations of the state’s COVID-19 sector rules and capacity limits to $10,000 per violation. The governor said he is taking this action – which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on 11/26. Press release and Order.

Latest information, see it here; see all executive orders here. Protection of public health and safety – vaccine administration, reporting, and out-of network charges executive order.

 

Delaware

11/24/20

1/19/20: State of Emergency extended until state law ends it. 

Read more about Delaware’s economic reopening here. The state is currently in Phase 2, which went into effect 6/15.  Retail, including grocery, will go from 30% to 60% of fire marshal capacity.  (Masks are still required. Read more here.  

On November 20, Gov. Carney issued third revision to COVID-19 order.  

See all State of Emergency declarations, here, including most up-to-date. 

District of Columbia

11/20/20

Quarantine, testing, travel doc 

There are new travel restrictions (states) for DC; this is updated every two weeks. The District is in Phase Two. Read all relevant orders here

10/7 extension of public emergency and additional measures in phase two, in effect until 12/31/20 unless repealed, modified or superseded.

Florida

11/19/20

The governor has created a “Reopen Florida Task Force.” Here is the final report, which lays out a three Phase plan. See Executive Order 20-139. Phase 3, right to work, see it here. 11/3 Emergency Order extended 60 days. Most up-to-date info on Covid, click here.

Restaurant and Food Establishment FAQ.

Florida Dept of Health website.

Georgia

12/8/20

For the latest COVID status report, click here. Workplace guidance, see here

 

Governor Kemp signed EO extending emergency order until 1/8/21. See all executive orders here.

Hawaii

11/19/20

See all special alerts and notices, including travel, here.

Gov. Ige issued the 15th State of Emergency until December 10.

 

Idaho

11/25/20

One Idaho pledge

Gov. Little signed a new statewide public health order rolling Idaho back into a modified Stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan.


Illinois

11/25/20

11/13 Disaster Proclamation for 30 days. Executive Order Number 71 — Reissues most executive orders, extending a majority of the provisions through December 12, 2020. 

 

Read all Executive Orders here.  

 

Indiana

11/3/20

The state will employ a five-stage approach to reopening. The state is in Stage Five. See Stage Five continued through 11/14. See the state’s “Back on Track” plan here. The mask mandate is extended until 10/17.All Executive Orders can be viewed here.

Renewal of Emergency Declaration through 12/1.

 

Iowa

11/19/20

COVID-19 in Iowa website, here. See all Iowa COVID-19 proclamations here. See all reopening guidance here. See all executive orders here.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has renewed the state’s disaster proclamation.

Kansas

11/19/20

The governor has put forth a plan: “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” Counties have the authority to maintain previous restrictions based on county health data. Review your county’s reopening plans, as reported to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Read about the phases here. Read the plan here. Executive Order No. 20-66, amending provisions related to drivers’ license and vehicle registration and regulation during state of disaster emergency, and until 1/26/21, unless rescinded or extended; see it here.

Guidance for business.

Reopening FAQ’s. Kansas Health Institute announcements.

See all Executive Orders here. Executive Order No. 20-65, extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations during state of disaster emergency; see it here.

Executive Order 20-68 establishes a face coverings protocol, effective 11/18

Kentucky

12/4/20

 

12/4 governor’s announcement regarding EO on pharmacy refills, and new requirements impacting restaurants, bars, social gatherings, indoor fitness and recreation centers, venues and theaters, professional services and schools. See the full executive orders here and here.

 

To reopen, businesses must meet minimum requirements (see them here) including face coverings for employees. See a complete opening list here.

November 18: State of Emergency

All Executive Orders may be viewed here, including updated face mask and price gouging orders.

 

 

Louisiana

12/8/20

On 7/11, the governor announced a mandatory mask requirement. Except for New Orleans which elected to stay in Phase 2, the state is currently in Phase 3; here are some restrictions: Businesses such as restaurants, spas, gyms, etc. will be allowed to open at 75% while still following social distancing guidelines; bars can reopen on a parish-by-parish basis IF the parish is testing under 5% positivity for two weeks. If they meet that criteria, parish leaders still have to approve the reopening. Those bars will be at 25% occupancy and open for table service ONLY. On-premise alcohol sales will end at 10 p.m. for all restaurants, bars, casinos, etc. Nobody under 21-years-old will be allowed in these reopened bars. Social gatherings such as weddings or parties will be capped at 50% or 250 people, whichever is lower. Same for any outdoor events. Casinos will stay under Phase 2 rules: 50% capacity. Sporting events such as high school football will be capped at 25% capacity. Social distancing is required.For a guide listing businesses that can be open at any given time, visit gov.louisiana.gov/page/can-this-business-open.

 

Renewal of State of Emergency until 12/23.

Maine

11/19/20

11/19/20: new closure of 9pm for some business. On 4/28/20, Gov. Mills unveiled her four phase reopening plan. All Executive Orders can be viewed here, including any extension to the State of Emergency, currently set to expire on 10/1/20.

Division of Disease Surveillance page.

Maryland

11/24/20

10/16 Exec Order; allows reopening of certain businesses and facilities, subject to local regulation, and generally requires use of face coverings. Stage 3 announcement slated to start 9/4. See all press releases on COVID here. Localities may be in different opening stages.

Gov. Hogan renewed Maryland’s State of Emergency on Oct. 30.  

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 30. There is no current potential end date. 

Massachusetts

12/8/20

 

12/8 Revised Gatherings, Order No. 57 and

Reverting to Phase III, Step I; Order No. 58

The governor has announced a 4-phased opening approach, see it here..

 

 

Massachusetts Business Guidance for Opening:

*Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

*COVID-19 Control Plan Template

*Compliance Attestation Poster

*Employer Poster

*Worker Poster

*Find Supply Vendors

 

Michigan

10/19/20

In October, the Michigan Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, determined the governor did not have the authority under state law to issue any additional emergency declarations pertaining to the pandemic after 4/30, which was the last date when the Legislature allowed the governor to declare an emergency, having declined to extend an earlier declaration. On 10/9, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order under section 2253 of the Public Health Code restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces and childcare facilities, placing capacity limitations on stores, bars and other public venues and providing for safer workplaces, see it here.

See all rescinded executive orders here.

Minnesota

11/19/20

Emergency Executive Order extended until 11/12; see it here. Covid response and preparation page is here. See  Executive Order 20-99, Implementing a Four Week Dial Back on Certain Activities to Slow the Spread of COVID-19; also see: Executive Order 20-97, Extending the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency Declared in Executive Order 20-01.

See all Executive Orders here.

Mississippi

10/19/20

See reopening guidelines here. Safe Recovery Executive Order (1524) in effect until 11/11.

Chart of Executive Orders, what they are, and when they expire; see I there. Read all Executive Orders here.

Missouri

11/19/20

11/19: State of Emergency is extended until 3/31/21. Public Health warning.

See all Executive Orders here

Show Me Strong Recovery Plan

 

 

Montana

11/19/20

FAQ and current reopening is Phase II. See all Executive Orders here. “Reopening the Big Sky Phased Approach” will open the state in a three-phased approach. Read it here. Phase 2 reopening took effect 6/1. Find additional state resources by clicking here

State of Emergency proclamation

Nebraska

10/19/20

Starting 10/21, all Nebraska counties are in Phase 3.1 through 11/30.For all guidance documents, click here.

To see an outline of the Phase 4 DHM changes, click here.

Nevada

11/24/20

Governor Sisolak has moved from using opening “stages” to using a county by county approach. Read the most recent report here. Nevada guidance for safe gatherings. Nevada health response. 10/8 county update

Effective 11-24, Gov. Sisolak orders “Three Week Pause” with retailer guidelines.  

See all the governor’s directives and declarations here.

New Hampshire

11/24/20

The latest information on COVID containing state resources and guidance may be viewed here. Any business, organization, entity, property owner, facility owner, organizer, or individual that recklessly violates any Emergency Order, rule, or regulation issued under the State of Emergency shall be subject to civil penalties of up to $1,000 for each violation or day that a violation continues (Emergency Order #65). 

Effective through 1/15/21, NH 573 requires persons to wear masks or cloth face coverings when in public spaces without physical distancing.  

Safer at Home guidance is here. See all emergency orders here. See Special Notices on COVID here

New Jersey

11/19/20

Gov. Murphy has laid out six key principles for reopening, see it here. Gov. Murphy has issued a travel advisory for those states who have a high COVID rate. All visitors from these states must self-quarantine for 14 days: Exemptions to this advisory are those traveling for business, for example, truckers.

11/16 Executive Order that Lowers Limits on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

A 10/31 Administrative Order closes self-service food, such as buffets and salad bars, at retail businesses, including grocery stores. Retailers must also limit self-service drink stations to those that can be routinely and effectively cleaned and disinfected.

On 10/24, Health Emergency is extended, see it here. See all executive orders hereHere is a FAQ. Here is the main NJ gov page.

New Mexico

11/3/20

10/22 Public Health Order requires businesses that incur four rapid response events –which occur when an employer reports, as required, an incidence of COVID-19 in the workplace, over a two-week period - to close for two weeks. This closure requirement will apply to food and drink establishments, close-contact businesses, retail spaces, etc. All retail establishments must close by 10 p.m. each night, in alignment with the state’s requirement that food and drink establishments serving alcohol must close by 10 p.m. Retail establishments are defined in the public health order as businesses selling goods or services directly to a customer and include grocery stores and “big box” stores. Read more here.

The 10/16 amended public health order and executive order pertaining to mandatory quarantine upon travel out of state can be viewed here.Click here for the latest updates from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. See all Health Orders here. See best practices for retailers and food delivery here.

New York

11/19/20

The following is state guidance regarding limited dine in operations for New York City (25% capacity beginning September 30th). All retail food businesses, regardless of location within New York State must follow the guidelines issued in May, which can be found here. For retail food stores that offer dine in food service outside of New York City, State Agriculture and Markets is advising that retailers follow the guidance for restaurants for dine in food service. Those guidelines can be found here. Starting on 9/30, any retail food store that wishes to re-open or offer dine in food service must follow this specific New York City indoor food service guidance. That guidance is found here. While there are similarities between the two food service guidelines, there are some specific differences. The most significant in the New York City guidance is that: “requires staff and customers to complete a temperature check before or immediately upon arriving at the establishment.” If retail food establishments in New York City wish to re-open and offer seated dine in food service to customers, they must adhere to the specific New York City indoor food service guidelines with no exceptions. It must be also noted that this New York City specific guidance comes from the Governor and not the Mayor of the City.

Malls in New York City reopened starting 9/9 with a 50 percent occupancy limit but subject to strict safety protocols. Read about more openings here. Go to forward.ny.gov to find out: Which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses. By Executive Order, those coming into New York from states with high COVID rates must quarantine for 14 days, with exceptions for certain business. Read more here. Gov. Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.

 

10/20 travel advisory.

Guidance for business offices. 10/31 travel quarantine order and presser here.

See all executive orders here, including extension of Emergency Declaration and all COVID press releases here, effective 11/18.

State of Emergency in the City of New York, effective 11/13.

 

North Carolina

12/8/20

12/8 Stay at Home Executive Order and FAQ, via press release.

Executive Order No. 180 tightens mask requirements and enforcement, effective Nov. 23 – Dec. 11 

North Dakota

1/4/21

On 1/4/20, Gov. Burgum increased capacity limits, read more here

Gov. Doug Burgum outlined the open for business plan, see it here.

Check here for all announcements

See all Executive Orders here

Burgum announced new requirements for businesses, gatherings and masks, delays winter activities to slow spread of COVID-19; in effect until 12/13/20.

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Ohio

11/19/20

Governor DeWine announced “Responsible Restart Ohio.”

11/17/20: 21 Day Curfew

11/17/20 Mass Gatherings EO

11/13/20 Mask Wearing Enforcement and retailer additional requirements

11/11/20 New Social Gathering and Mask Wearing Requirement

See all Executive Orders here and all Health Orders here.

Oklahoma

11/19/20

The “Open Up and Recovery Plan” is a three phase approach to open up the state. See all Department of Health Executive Orders here.

Effective 11/16, Gov. Stitt issued the state’s Seventh Amended Executive Order 2020-20, which increases safety measures for restaurants, bars and state employees in Oklahoma to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Oklahoma is in Phase 3. See more here.

Oregon

11/19/20

Click here to see what phase each county is in.

10/23 draft Temporary Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Rule.

On 11/17, Executive Order outlines risk reduction measures, effective for two weeks beginning Nov. 18, in all Oregon counties. 

On 9/1, State of Emergency is extended until 11/3.

Pennsylvania

11/24/20

 

11/20/20: Travel, testing and quarantining, see Health Order here

Click here to find out what phase counties are in. The guidance for businesses can be found here.  11/18/20: Responding to COVID 

On November 23, Gov. Wolf Announces New Mitigation Efforts 

Gov. Tom Wolf  issued a “Process to Reopen” see it here.  

Rhode Island

11/19/20

Ninetieth supplemental emergency declaration with regards to an amended and restated Phase III Re-Opening, effective 11/5.

See all Executive Orders here.

 

South Carolina

11/25/20

 

10/2 EO on gatherings, face masks, restaurants, unemployment, etc. See all executive orders here

 

11/23 state of emergency EO, good for 15 days. See the state’s reopening guidelines here

 

South Dakota

12/10/20

Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2020-33 making various statutory and regulatory suspensions affecting businesses and schools in the state. These suspensions will continue through the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. The suspensions include: Suspending in-person requirements to allow cooperatives, rural electric cooperatives, and nonprofits to meet electronically. To learn more about executive orders to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit COVID.sd.gov

See all Department of Health orders here. See all Executive Orders here.

Gov. Noem has not issued a stay-at-home order but issued a Road to Recovery/Back to Normal plan. State of Emergency until 12/30/20.

Tennessee

11/25/20

Emergency Order extended through 12/29.  

Here is opening up business guidance. See business resources here. See this COVID info hub for all COVID Executive Order

Texas

12/15/20

 

10/7 Executive Order No. GA-32 relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens. Effective 9/21, the governor announced Executive Order No. GA-30, a new metric to identify “hot spots” in the State, among other things, including an increased occupancy level to 75% for all retail, restaurants, gyms, offices, museums. (75% still current as of 12/15/20.)

On 7/2, Gov. Abbott issued  Executive Order GA-29, requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.

 

See a list of health protocols here. See all Executive Orders here.

 

Utah

12/8/20

Gov. Herbert has launched his “Utah Leads Together” plan (version 2), see it here. On 6/19, the governor announced rural counties can move to green. Read more about guidance for business here. See all state and local directives and orders here.

State Public Health Order 2020-26 Updating Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions

State Public Health Order 2020-17 Declaring a Statewide Public Health Emergency

Vermont

11/25/20

See the Resource Center, here.

 

On 11/13, Governor Scott has implemented several temporary limitations on social gatherings and business operations. 

Extension of State of Emergency until 12/15; see it here. See all Executive Orders here.

Virginia

11/3/20

10/29 Fourth amended number sixty-seven (2020) and order of public health emergency seven; phase 3 further adjusting of certain temporary restrictions due to novel coronavirus (covid-19): Essential retail businesses such as grocery stores may continue to remain open during their normal business hours. Employers are required to provide face coverings to employees. Face coverings required through 11:59 pm on 12/8 unless rescinded or amended. Virginia moved to Phase 3 on 7/1 and currently remains there. Here are the Phase 3 business guidelines. See all Executive Orders here. See all Executive Directives here.

Gov. Ralph Northam extended the State of Emergency indefinitely.

Washington

12/15/20

 

Updated (12/11) guidelines for grocery stores

On November 16, Gov. Inslee issued proclamation 20-25.8 “Stay Safe, Stay Healthy” statewide restrictions to help slow the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases. Unless extended, the restrictions will be in until 1/4/21. Grocery stores may remain open but must limit indoor capacity to 25% and close indoor seating/dining areas. For example, the espresso counter in a grocery store can remain open and provide beverages to-go, but the seating area (table and chairs) must be closed. We recommend food establishments stack their indoor tables and chairs to discourage customer use. Reopening guidance for business, see it here. County by county opening status, see it here.

 

Workplace safety guidance, see it here.

Food Delivery Fees, see it here.

Food Delivery Fees

Click here to see “Safe Start Washington.” Business Signage toolkit

West Virginia

11/19/20

See all opening updates here. 10/12 update on testing efforts and locations. See all Executive Orders here.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that he has issued an executive order, amending and broadening his Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement.

See West Virginia Strong, the Comeback, here, with all available guidance.

Wisconsin

11/19/20

Face Covering mandate until 11/21

 On 5/13, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided that Health Secretary Andrea Palm should have issued her stay at home regulations through the rulemaking process to give lawmakers veto power over agency policies. This means that Gov. Evers’ (D) Stay at Home order is overturned and the state is now open, although some localities, such as Milwaukee, have decided to continue to impose a stay at home order, see Milwaukee’s here. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) had brought forward the lawsuit.

Reopening guidelines. New statewide mask order on 7/30.

Wyoming

11/19/20

11/13/20 Restaurants, Movie Theatres EO

Prohibition of indoor gatherings of more than 50 people (Updated 11/13/20) See all Wyoming public health guidance here. Click here for all executive orders. 

“A Transition Plan for a Healthy Wyoming” can be viewed here