State Reopening Plans

As states consider their reopening plans, some have created regional councils to begin this task. The Administration’s “Opening up America Plan” (and CDC) said that a state should see a declining number of new cases for at least two weeks before reopening, but not all states are using this guide. 

Current as of May 21, 2020; this is a living document


Reopening Plan

Current Stay at Home


On 4/28/20, Gov. Ivey announced more about her “Safer at Home” order, see her webpage here for more information. Certain businesses can open 4/30/20 at 5:00 p.m. under strict sanitation and social distancing guidelines. Retail stores will be allowed to reopen at 50% occupancy rate and restaurants will remain limited to take-out or curbside delivery. Alabama's beaches will also reopen subject to social distancing guidelines of no more than 10 people. The order expires on May 15th. Many businesses including theaters, night clubs, fitness centers, gyms, barber shops, hair and nail salons will remain closed. Churches and other houses of worship were ordered to continue to stay closed to in-person worship. On 5/21, the governor announced that existing bans on large entertainment venues, athletic activities and school and childcare facilities would end at 5 p.m. on 5/22. However, they must adhere to social distancing guidelines.To read the new Health Order that takes effect on 5/22, please click here.

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order set to expire on April 30.Read more here. Order of the state health officer suspending certain public gatherings due to risk of infection by covid-19, amended 5/8, see it here.


Gov. Mike Dunleavy has issued his “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan,” see it here. This allows for reopening on 4/24/20 of certain businesses with restrictions. For example, hair salons can only admit customers by reservation and restaurants will have to keep distances between tables and can't exceed 25% of their normal capacity. The city of Anchorage is delaying the new rules until 4/27/20. Elective surgeries can be scheduled on or after May 4.



Gov. Ducey has posted all executive orders here. On 5/8, retails stores, with physical distancing, can reopen, including barbershops and salons. On 5/11, restaurants may reopen for dine-in, with physical distancing.

Executive Order 2020-36 lays out reopening. On 5/16, the state moves from safer at home to “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” and therefore the previous “Stay at Home” order expires.


Gov. Hutchinson has created an economic recovery task force. Phase one of resuming dine-in operations will go into effect on 5/11/20, with 1/3 capacity and tables six feet apart. Read more here.

Arkansas does not have a stay-at-home order.


On 4/28/20, Gov. Newsom presented a four-phase plan for opening up the state. The first phase, which the state is in now, will be providing an economic safety net for low-wage workers who might otherwise work when sick and encouraging face coverings when distancing is not available. The second phase allows some retailers to reopen for curbside pickup and other changes such as opening some parks. Some localities (Sutter County and Yuba County) opened on 5/4 and will open restaurants and gyms. On 5/8/20, Los Angeles County opened some nonessential retail for curbside. See more here. On 5/20 the governor announced that 33 of the state’s 58 counties are moving further into “Phase Two.”

Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order, issued on March 19 has no set end date.

Gov. Newsom announced a joint Western States Pact with Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee on April 13.


Gov. Polis said that in Colorado, there will bethree levels of social distancing, which include: Staying at Home, Safer at Home, and Protect our Neighbors. (Read more here on the stages.) On April 27, the state will be moving onto the Safer at Home phase. During this phase Coloradans will no longer be ordered to stay home but are still strongly encouraged to do so.Vulnerable populations and seniors must continue staying home except when necessary and schools remain closed for the year. Retailers will have the option to reopen with curbside pickup beginning 4/27/20. Stricter local orders, however, will continue to supersede the statewide guidance.Here is the governor’s executive order., and here is the new Health Order, 20-28; as mentioned in the EO. Note this new Health Order implements symptom monitoring protocols, including workplace temperature monitoring.

On 5/13, the governor issued a modified order that will take place on 5/15, that allows restaurants to offer indoor and outdoor dining service under specific conditions including adequate spacing of tables, a requirement that staff wear face coverings and be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, as well as the implementation of increased sanitation measures. The further easing of orders expands the public gathering limit to no more than 25 people and permits larger gatherings for churches, religious organizations and funeral homes as long as they implement social distancing measures and specific sanitization procedures. Movie theaters and performance venues will also be allowed to reopen in a limited capacity and permit public gatherings of up to 25 persons. Gyms may now open locker rooms, offer personal training and provide group classes for up to 20 participants. Childcare centers will be permitted to have up to 25 persons total in a classroom. The governor said a decision on restaurant openings will be made son 5/25.

Reopening orders:






Connecticut reopened May 20 in a gradual, phased reopening of the state's economy. The governor said the reopening strategy would follow a four-level risk scale that begins with the most restrictive approach and phases into the least restrictive, a plan that could take 10 months. Phase I to jumpstart the state’s economy allows nonessential businesses to begin opening with restricted operations May 20. For example, restaurants will be allowed to open outdoor areas only, all currently closed retail stores can reopen, as could hair and nail salons. The second reopening phase will be 6/20. Connecticut has joined a coalition with the Northeastern states of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to coordinate reopening. Lamont announced the formation of the "Reopen Connecticut Advisory Board." Read about it here.

Gov. Lamont extended the mandatory shutdown in the state until May 20.


Delaware has a Phase One target date of 6/1 (read more here); however, beaches will open at 5pm on 5/15, but for exercise only. Gov. John Carney said retail establishments may operate by appointment only starting 5/20.

Gov. John Carney issued a statewide stay-at-home order that will remain until May 15 or until the "public health threat is eliminated."

District of Columbia

Mayor Bowser has created a “ReOpen D.C. Advisory Group” chaired by Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser; and Michael Chertoff, a former Homeland Security secretary in President George W. Bush’s cabinet. This group, along with recommendations from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security will issue recommendations on 5/11/20.

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has extended herStay at Home order until 6/8. This includes a ban on gatherings of ten or more people. Read more here.


The governor has created a “Reopen Florida Task Force.” The state will begin opening on 5/4/20, when restaurants and retailers can let customers in at 25% capacity but not in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, home to 6 million people. The governor said testing will be a factor in getting to Phase Two, so he will allow pharmacists to administer testing for COVID-19. The state received 200K antibody tests over the weekend of May 3. Miami-Dade County began reopening on 5/18, with recommended “sneeze guards” at checkout, restaurants can open at 50% with other stipulations, including that employees wear masks at all times. Read more here:Miami Dade Business Best Practices and here, specifically for retail establishments. Miami Beach will reopen restaurants with new guidelines on Wednesday, May 27; Palm Beach County beaches opened on 5/18.

Gov. DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order until April 30.



April 20 EO: “Providing flexibility for healthcare practices, moving certain businesses to minimum operations, and providing for emergency response

On April 20 Gov. Kemp announced the incremental reopening of some businesses as early as April 24, such as gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, estheticians and massage therapists. Theaters and restaurants can reopen on April 27. Bars, nightclubs and music venues will remain closed. The openings will be statewide, with local preemption (not all businesses have agreed to open). All businesses that reopen must adhere to best practices, including social distancing and screening employees for illness. The Atlanta Mayor is very opposed to this.

Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that runs until April 30.


On May 7, shopping malls, car washes, pet grooming, elective surgery, non-profit organizations,and in-person retail businesses may open, with social distancing. Any visitors to Hawaii must immediately quarantine for 14 days.

Gov. Ige issued a proclamation extension, read it here.



Gov. Brad Little has issued “Idaho Rebounds” see the full plan here and see the stages here. It is a four phase reopening: Stage One – After all criteria are met (May 1 – May 15); Stage Two – If no significant increase in cases and criteria remain met (May 16 – May 29); Stage Three – If no significant increase in cases and criteria remain met (May 30 – June 12); Stage Four – If no significant increase in cases and criteria remain met (June 13 – June 26). Under the current Stage One, basic minimum operations of some businesses may resume.



Gov. Pritzker issued a document, “Restore Illinois” on 5/5/20. This five-phased plan will reopen the state and will likely be updated as research and science develop. The state is now in Phase 2, which is represented by the current executive order in effect from 5/1 to 5/29. Read more here. Gov. Pritzker announced that beginning on May 1, 2020,any individual over the age of two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering or mask will be required to wear one when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance.

Gov. Pritzker has announced that he will sign an extension to the stay-at-home order through at May 30. Read more here.



The state will employ a five-stage approach to reopening. Executive Order 20-026 outlines directives for stages one and two. Stage one is effective for all Indiana counties through May 4, 2020 except Marion, Lake and Cass. Stage one is a continuation of Executive Order 20-022. Stage two is effective May 5, 2020 through May 23, 2020. Marion and Lake Counties may advance to stage two May 12, 2020 through May 23, 2020. Cass County may advance to stage two May 18, 2020 through May 23, 2020.Once a county is permitted to advance to Stage 2, all retail businesses within the county may open to the public under the following conditions and restrictions: (i) retail businesses shall limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to no more than 50% of occupational capacity; (ii) retail businesses should limit their hours of operation and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other retail businesses should require employees to wear face coverings and should consider requiring customers to wear face coverings; (iv) retail businesses shall comply with social distancing or other separation measures, sanitation of applicable areas and take other mitigation measures to protect its employees and the public; and (v) malls shall limit the number of individuals in common areas around retail businesses to no more than 25% of occupancy capacity. Retail businesses are encouraged to promote and continue online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.

Gov. Eric Holcomb on April 17 extended the stay-at-home order through May 1.


Gov. Kim Reynolds announced plans to gradually reopen, effective May 1 in all counties except Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, or Woodbury County,the following businesses may choose to reopen but must comply with restrictions. Restaurants, fitness centers, libraries and retail stores may reopen at 50 percent of normal operating capacity. Social community, recreational, leisure and sporting activities will continue to be limited to 10 people. See the order here.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed aproclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties effective Friday, May 1 and continues other restrictions until 11:50 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. Bottle redemption relief is extended until May 27.


The governor has put forth a plan: “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” Phase One will take effect on May 4, 2020, via Executive Order 20-29, when the statewide stay-home order outlined in Executive Order 20-16 officially lifts. It allows local governments to impose additional restrictions beyond those outlined at the state level, if they deem it necessary to local COVID-19 response efforts. Local governments that choose not to impose additional restrictions are required to operate within the regulatory baseline established by the state. Regardless of phase, the State Health Officer retains the authority to impose additional public health interventions in any area that contains an emergent and significant public health risk. In Phase One, mass gatherings of no more than 10 individuals allowed; masks are encouraged in public; six feet social distancing required. Read about the phases here. Read the plan here.

Gov. Laura Kelly issued a stay-at-home order, which has been extended until May 3.



To reopen, businesses must meet minimum requirements (see them here) including face coverings for employees.The state begins a phased opening on 5/11 withmanufacturing, construction, vehicle or vessel dealerships; professional services at 50% capacity; horse racing without fans; and dog grooming and boarding will be allowed to reopen. On 5/20, houses of worship may open; on 5/22, restaurants may reopen at 33% capacity, and with outdoor seating (see restaurant guidance here); on 5/25; barber shops and salons may reopen along with the allowance of 10-person social gatherings. On 6/1, movie theaters and fitness centers can reopen; on 6/11, campgrounds are open and on 6/15, reduced-capacity childcare may open. See a complete list here.



A new extended order, which will be issued on Friday, May 1, will direct businesses that were previously closed, will remain closed, including salons, barber shops, bars and casinos, among other things. Businesses that are deemed essential under the third phase of federal CISA guidance may still be open. Non-essential retail businesses in Louisiana continue to be able to open with fewer than 10 people total inside.

Three major changes in the new Stay at Home order will include:

  • Malls will remain closed to the public, but stores may open for curbside delivery. Restaurants will be allowed to open their outside areas for patrons to eat meals only, without tableside service. All employees of a business who have contact with the public must wear a mask. Additionally, both the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health strongly urge everyone to wear masks when in public.

Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the state's stay-at-home order through May 15. See the Stay at Home extension here.



On 4/28/20, Gov. Mills unveiled her four phase reopening plan and also extended her stay at home order until 5/31/20, with face coverings required in public beginning on 5/1/20. Progression through the stages will occur month-by-month, depending on the success of previous stages. For example, Stage 1 will begin on May 1, if there are no new trends that change the plan. Stage 2 will begin in June, and Stage 3 will begin in July and continue through August. Stage 4, which lifts the most restrictions, will start at a point to be determined in the future. Here is more detail: Beginning May 1st, Stage 1 continues the prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people, the quarantine of all people entering or returning to Maine for a period of 14 days, and the special precautions for older Mainers and others at risk of COVID-19. It calls for people who are able to work from home to continue to do so, including State employees. It will also newly require that Maine people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain and continue strict requirements for long-term care facilities. Guidance on cloth face coverings will be issued in the coming days. Stage 1 also allows for the limited expansion of certain business, religious, and quality of life activities, with appropriate safety precautions.

Gov. Janet Mills issued a "Stay Healthy at Home" executive order until 5/31/20.


Gov. Hogan’s “Roadmap to Recovery” may be viewed here. Gov. Hogan plans to hire 1,000 people to work in local health departments as investigators to work to trace the path of the coronavirus. The Town of Ocean City opened up the Ocean City Boardwalk, beach and parking/access points, on 5/9/20. Read more here. On 5/15, Maryland moved from “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” and therefore began Phase one. This entails allowing retailers to open up at 50% capacity with social distancing and masks; manufacturing may resume with multiple shifts and other precautions and salons and barber shops may open at 50% with appointments, and there are some opening options for pet groomers and art galleries. Places of worship may open at 50%. Some localities, such as Baltimore, Montgomery County and Prince Georges County, have decided to open separately. For example, on 5/22, Baltimore will allow retail stores (must be accessed outside, so no malls) to reopen for in-store business with a capacity of ten people, including staff. Barber shops and hair salons may reopen with a limited capacity of ten people, including staff, and with appointment only. Marylanders should continue to avoid gatherings of ten people or more.

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 30. There is no current potential end date. Marylanders will be required to wear face coverings in stores and on public transportation as of April 18.


Massachusetts has joined a coalition with the Northeastern states of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to coordinate the reopening of the economy. The governor has announced a phased opening approach, see it here. Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks. On 5/18, manufacturing and construction were able to open, with restrictions. On 5/25, pet grooming, salons, car washes and some business offices, all with restrictions, can reopen, see more here.

Massachusetts Business Guidance for Opening:

Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order on 4/28/20 extending the nonessential business closure to May 18, 2020. Read it here. “Stay at Home” has been downgraded to “Safer at Home.”


On 5/11, some manufacturing workers will resume work. On 5/18, the “Big 3” auto suppliers will phase into work at 25% capacity.Gov. Whitmer laid out plans for the partial reopening of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula (UP) for 5/22. This includes 17 northern Michigan counties and the entire UP.Restaurants and bars can reopen at 50% capacity with six feet between each dining group and retail stores can reopen at 25% capacity but must maintain social distancing. Retail customers must wear masks; diners must wear masks until they get to their tables.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the state's stay-at-home order through May 28.


Executive Order 20-38, opens up outdoor activities: golfing, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking (public and private parks and trails) as of 4/18/20. On 5/4, retail businesses can offer curbside pickup and delivery.

The peacetime emergency is extended until May 18. Read more here.


Beginning 5/7/20, restaurants can open for dine-in and outdoor seating, with a maximum of 20 people. In addition, parks will reopen and outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people are allowed, so organized sports can resume.Gov. Reeves has now said that in some counties -Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton and Lauderdale – masks must be worn in public. Read Executive Order 1483.

Gov. Tate Reeves has issued a Safer at Home Order until May 11. See ithereandhereis a press release.


Opening will start on 5/4, read more here and here is the most recent order.Six feet of distance must be in place and retail businesses will have to limit their number of customers to no more than 25% of normal capacity. Localities can put in place stricter rules.

Gov. Mike Parson on April 16 extended the stay-at-home order through May 3, with state preemption.


“Reopening the Big Sky Phased Approach” will open the state in a three-phased approach. Read it here. Governor Bullock announced Phase 2 reopening guidelines that take effect 6/1. The governor’s Directive allows restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos can open to 75% capacity, tables of up to 10 people are allowed and group gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed. The travel restrictions and 14 day day quarantine requirements also stop on June 1. Keep in mind that 6 foot distancing requirements remain in place which may effectively limit seating capacity at close to 50% even though 75% capacity will be allowed. Bar seating will not be permitted until Phase 3, normal operations, unless the Governor issues a directive stating otherwise (which we requested in a letter to him last Friday.)

Guidance for all other businesses, including personal care (salons and massage), retail, gyms, pools, schools and others can be found in the link above. You can also find additional state resources by clicking here.


The stay at home order will expire on April 26 for individuals and April 27 for businesses.


Nebraska has implemented 19 separate “Directed Health Measures” (DHMs) across the state. To find what is in effect in your county, use this link. Governor Ricketts announced on 4/24/20, upcoming changes to DHMs. To find detailed information use this link.



Nevada began Phase One on 5/9 (read more here). All employees must wear face masks. Restaurants, salons and barber shops and open air only malls may open at 50% capacity. This includes a reduction of grocery stores to 50% to match other retail.

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a stay-at-home order that expires May 15.

New Hampshire

On 5/4, phased reopening starts with some surgeries and on 5/11, barbers and hair salons may reopen as long as customers have reservations and there are no more than 10 people in the salon, including staff, with all wearing face coverings. On 5/18, restaurants who have outdoor seating can open for outdoor only, with tables six feet apart and employees must wear face coverings.

Gov. Chris Sununu extended the stay-at-home order until May 4 and his state of emergency declaration through May 15. Read more here.

New Jersey

New Jersey has joined a coalition with the Northeastern states of Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to coordinate the reopening of the economy

Gov. Phil Murphy issued executive order 38that has no specific end date.

New Mexico

State parks, on a modified basis, have now reopened. Non-essential retailers can now provide curbside pickup and delivery services if permitted by their business license. Liquor licenses, for instance, do not allow for curbside or delivery service. Childcare may now be extended to people operating non-essential businesses. On 5/16,all retailers may operate at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, not does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks);

Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible; Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has extendedthe state's emergency order from April 30 to May 15 and now until May 31 (read more here)and modified to allow most retailers to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy as determined by fire code.

New York

Governor 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. Governor Cuomo outlined a phased plan to re-open New York and re-imagine a new normal for the state starting with construction and manufacturing, implemented in phases based on regional analysis and determinations. On May 4, the governor outlined additional guidelines on when the state could reopen. View them here. Gov.Cuomo said there are three regions in the state (Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley) that meet the metrics required to reopen May 15. Construction, manufacturing, curbside pickup for retail, agriculture, forestry and fishing will open first. There will be two weeks before phases. On 5/14, Gov. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.31, officially opening those regions. Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. New York City, Long Island and Mid-Hudson have not started to reopen.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the "New York State on PAUSE" until May 15. On 5/14, the governor issuedExecutive Order 202.31, which extends the disallowance of non-essential gatherings to 5/28.

North Carolina

“Stay Ahead of the Curve” is the three-phase plan for reopening. See it here. Retail Businesses that operate during the effective period of Executive Order 138, and on 5/8, as prescribed by Gov. Cooper, must limit customer occupancy to not more than 50% of stated fire capacity. Retail Businesses that do not have a stated fire capacity must limit customer occupancy to twelve customers for every one thousand (1000) square feet of the location's total square footage, including the parts of the location that are not accessible to customers. They must limit customer occupancy so that customers can stay six feet apart, even if this requires reducing occupancy beneath the 50% limit stated above. Retailers must mark six feet of spacing in lines at point of sale and in other high-traffic areas for customers, such as at deli counters and near high-volume products. Symptom screening will take place before workers enter the workplace.

Gov. Cooper has issued Executive Order 138, which is a reopening plan. Some localities may be on a different path. Beginning at 5pm on 5/15, the city and county of Durham has a new Stay at Home order that is in effect until it is rescinded. See it here.


North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum outlined what needs to be in place to have a graduated reopening process past April 30. See it here. The state began to open on 5/1, with social distancing of six feet. Read more here.


Although North Dakota does not have a stay-at-home order, nonessential businesses are closed through April 30.


Gov. DeWine announced a phased opening approach on 4/28/20. Face coverings will now be recommended, not mandated. On 5/2/20, some same-day healthcare services will reopen such as dental. On 5/4/20, manufacturing and distribution may open with caveats, read them here. On 5/12/20, consumer and retail may open with caveats such as six foot spacing and 50% of fire capacity, read more here.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide stay-at-home order that will remain in place until May 29.


The “Open Up and Recovery Plan” is a three phase approach to open up the state. April 24, 2020, the following businesses can reopen: Personal care businesses, such as hair salons, barbershops, spas, nail salons, and pet groomers can reopen for appointments only, must adhere to sanitation protocols, and follow guidelines posted on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce website regarding social distancing between customers and visitors at personal care businesses. State parks and outdoor recreation should be reopened. Grocery stores should continue to maintain hours for vulnerable populations. May 1, 2020, the following businesses can reopen: Dining, entertainment, movie theatres and sporting venues can operate using CDC recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols. Gyms can reopen if they adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols. Places of worship can reopen for in-person meetings or worship if they leave every other row or pew open and adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols, plus the recommended guidelines from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Bars should remain closed. Tattoo Parlors can reopen for appointments only and must adhere to sanitation protocols and social distancing protocols for distancing between customers and visitors. If hospital & incident rates remain at a manageable level for 14 days, the state moves to Phase 2.

Gov. Kevin Stitt extended Oklahoma's "Safer at Home" order for adults over the age of 65 and other vulnerable residents until May 6. Elective surgeries will be allowed to resume April 24.


For Phase One, counties can submit plans on 5/8 to reopen certain industries such as restaurants and retail for opening on 5/15. See more here. Also,here is reopening guidance for the retail sector. Gov. Brown has approved 28 counties for reopening on 5/15. Marion and Polk counties have been approved to begin easing Covid-19 restrictions, joining 31 other Oregon counties that received approval. The two counties can begin Phase 1 of the reopening process on 5/22, according to a news releasefrom Gov. Kate Brown's office. In the first phase, locations can allow dine-in service at restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries and other establishments, and other businesses such as barbershops, salons and gyms can also reopen. The locations will have to adhere to new guidelines for sanitation and social distance.

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order directing Oregonians to stay at home that "remains in effect until ended by the governor."


A phased opening, by county, began 5/8. Read more here. Twenty-four counties that were in the “yellow zone” were allowed to reopen on 5/8. Counties that are in the “red zone” will have their Stay at Home order extended until June 4. On 5/15, an additional 12 counties moved to the yellow phase, and joined the current 37. Read more here.The guidance for businesses can be found here.FAQs for businesses in each phase can be found here.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order until May 8, read more here.

The extended stay-at-home order remains the same as the original statewide stay-at-home order announced on April 1, which was set to expire on 5/8 and is now extended to June 4.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island has joined a coalition with the Northeastern states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to coordinate the reopening of For those in the red category, the order was extended on May 7 until June 4.the economy. A phased opening began on 5/9, read more here. Starting 5/18, restaurants will be able to begin limited outdoor dining in addition to their take-out, delivery and drive-through operations. Restaurants will be required to operate under the following new regulations, among others: Dining will be by reservation only and groups may not exceed five people, in accordance with guidance on social gathering. Tables must be at least eight feet apart or separated by barriers, and no more than 20 tables will be allowed in any outdoor space. One-time-use paper menus, digital menus, or chalkboard menus will be recommended. Condiments and utensils will either be single-use or sanitized between uses.All high-traffic areas will have to be frequently cleaned. Tables and chairs will be sanitized in between parties. All employees must wear face coverings and all customers must wear face coverings when they are not eating. Self-service food stations like buffets and salad bars will be prohibited.Cashless and contactless payment methods will be encouraged. Pens and payment stations will be frequently cleaned.For now, no valet services will be allowed. Customers will be asked to park their own cars. Read more here.

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued an emergency declaration extending the state's stay-at-home order to last until May 8.

South Carolina



Executive Order 2020-28, removes restrictions, as of April 21, 2020, on public access points to the state’s beaches, public piers, docks, and wharfs, while delegating to local officials the authority to restrict access. Social distancing of six feet must still take place. Effective Monday, April 20, 2020, certain retail stores: (a) Furniture and home-furnishings stores (b) Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores (c) Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores (d) Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores (e) Sporting goods stores (f) Book, craft, and music stores (g) Flea markets (h) Florists and flower stores may open. Occupancy in each store will be limited to five customers per 1,000 square feet of retail space or 20% occupancy, whichever is less. Localities may still be under a state of emergency. With restrictions, restaurant dining rooms were opened on 5/11, read more here. Close contact service providers, fitness centers and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on 5/18.

Gov. Henry McMaster extended his previous "State of Emergency" executive order through May 12.

South Dakota


Gov. Kristi L. Noem has not issued a stay-at-home order.


The state’s Economic Recovery Group announced it will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail to instead focus on social distancing best practices effective May 22 and issue guidelines to facilitate the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions on or after May 22. New Tennessee Pledge guidelines will be released. Six counties – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – may continue to follow individual, county-specific reopening plans created in consultation with State and local health departments. Read more here.

Gov. Bill Lee extended the state's stay-at-home order until April 30.



By way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls are opened 5/1. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed. All museums and libraries may open under the same 25% occupancy limitation, but interactive areas of museums must remain closed. State libraries and museums will open by May 1, and local public museums and libraries may reopen only if permitted by the local government.Single-person offices may reopen as well. Churches and places of worship remain open. Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four participants are playing together at one time. Certain social distancing practices must also be followed. Local government operations, including county and municipal government operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, may reopen as determined by the local government. Additionally, the Governor issued an Executive Order (GA-20) to eliminate the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for individuals traveling from Louisiana. Under GA-20, the mandated 14-day quarantine for travelers from the following areas remains in place: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan, and Miami, Florida.View Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas

On 5/8, salons, with restrictions opened and on 5/18, fitness centers and non-essential manufacturing and business offices can open, with restrictions such as keeping capacity at 25% and ensuring social distancing.

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all Texans to stay home through April 30.


Gov. Herbert has launched his “Utah Leads Together” plan (version 2), see it here. The state moved from red status to orange status on 5/1/20. Some businesses can open, but with restrictions: dine-in restaurant service must have six feet between tables and masks for employees; teleworking for those who can is encouraged; Salons can re-open, but both stylist and customer must wear facemasks and appointments must be staggered to ensure proper cleaning. Grocery stores must still enforce social distancing. On 5/14, the state moved from orange treat level to the yellow threat level. Read more about guidance for business here.

Schools will be closed for the remainder of the year.


On 5/4, some manufacturing, construction and distribution, with restrictions, could open. Gatherings of 10 or less people are allowed on 5/6. Outdoor recreational activities such as tennis, opened on 5/6. The retail sector can gradually reopen starting 5/18 with restrictions. Employees will wear face covering and maintain a distance of six feet. Stores will also be required to stay under 25% of their maximum capacity and to conduct health and safety training on following state guidelines if they have more than 10 employees.

Gov. Phil Scott issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order that has been extended until May 15.


Governor Northam said he will extend key provisions of Executive Order 53 (amended 5/4/20), which places restrictions on businesses and gatherings of more than 10 people, at least through May 14, at midnight. The Northam administration will continue to monitor health data to ensure that trends of positive cases are going downward, that hospital capacity remains steady, that testing is increased, and that hospitals and medical facilities have necessary supplies of PPE. For more information on key metrics, see here. Phase One will begin 5/15, but there will be a delay for Northern Virginia until 5/29. On May 9, 2020, local officials from the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park, as well as the Towns of Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg, and Vienna (Northern Virginia Region) requested to remain in Phase Zero. Read more here. For the rest of the state, among the requirements: restaurants may open at 50% capacity, but only in certified outdoor occupancy; no dine-in yet; that is still reserved for carryout. No more than 10 patrons may be seated as a party. Tables at which dining parties are seated must be positioned six feet apart from other tables. If tables are not movable, parties must be seated at least six feet apart. Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating in an outdoor bar area may be used for customer seating as long as a minimum of six feet is provided between parties at tables. Condiments should be removed from tables and dispensed by employees upon the request of a customer. Buffets can only be open if staffed by employees. Employees should take their temperature before each shift. Occupancy may not exceed the 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable. Employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times (see Executive Order 61).

Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order effective until June 10. He hasextended his shutdown order for nonessential businesses, which initially was set to expire April 23, then May 8, and now May 15. Northern Virginia is delayed opening until 5/29; read more in the adjacent column.


Phase one of reopening starts on 5/4/20. Read more here. Among the businesses opening are curbside for retail, car washes, auto sales. Phase two for retailers, requires all retail, including grocery, to adhere to a 30% of maximum building occupancy or lower as determined by the fire code. This limit does not include employees in the calculation. Retailers must place distance markers outside of the facility in order to maintain six-foot physical distancing requirements for customers waiting to enter; assign employees to assist and monitor customers waiting to enter; arrange the flow of customers to eliminate choke points and reduce crowding; mark high traffic areas with six-foot markers to maintain physical distancing requirements; place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the store alerting staff and customers to the required occupancy limits, six-foot physical distancing guidance, and policy on face coverings. To read more requirements, click here. Read about Phase two for restaurants here, where restaurants can open at 50% and must create a daily log of all customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in. This will facilitate any contact tracing that might need to occur.

Gov. Jay extended the state’s stay at home order until 5/31, see it here. State parks opened 5/5.Waivers have been given toeight rural counties in Southern and Eastern Washington to move into Phase two while the rest of the state has a target date of 6/1.

West Virginia

Since the state remained below 3% from April 27, through April 29, the six-week reopening process will begin. The state begins its phase one opening on 4/30, with the allowance of non-emergency surgeries and other outpatient procedures. On 5/4, small businesses with ten or less peopleandprofessional services such as hair salons opened. On 5/21, indoor dining at restaurants can resume as well as shopping at large or specialty retail stores, including shopping malls. On 5/18, rock climbing business could reopen and whitewater rafting and ziplining businesses on 5/21. All must follow restrictions and guidelines. On 5/26, bars can open at 50% capacity.

Opening plan has started. Read it  here.


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.

The state Supreme Court has overturned Gov. Tony Evers Stay at Home Order, originally set to expire May 26, see the executive orderhere.


“A Transition Plan for a Healthy Wyoming” can be viewed here. Gyms and salons opened on 5/1. Governor Mark Gordon announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide,under specific conditions intended to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. These include adequate spacing of tables, a requirement that staff wear face coverings and be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, as well as the implementation of increased sanitation measures. Movie theaters and performance venues will also be allowed to reopen in a limited capacity and the new orders permit public gatherings of up to 25 persons. Gyms may now open locker rooms, offer personal training and provide group classes for up to 20 participants. Childcare centers will be permitted to have up to 25 persons total in a classroom. Read more here.

Wyoming does not have a stay-at-home order. However, the governor extended statewide public health orders through April 30, which are expected to be renewed through May 15, and issued a directive requiring travelers to quarantine for 14 days.Local officials may request more or less restrictive orders, depending on local conditions.



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