En español | Governors across the country are issuing orders and recommendations to their residents on the status of schools, businesses and public services as their states respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
All states have taken coronavirus-related actions, but restrictions vary, and so does the length of time the measures are in place. Here’s a look at each state’s restrictions:
• Alabama: At the direction of Gov. Kay Ivey (R), the state health officer has extended a safer-at-home order until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. People over age 6 must wear masks in indoor public spaces, when using a transportation service or when outdoors in gatherings of 10 or more. Nonwork get-togethers are allowed, but individuals from different households must maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Restaurants, bars and breweries can offer limited dine-in services. Hair salons and similar personal-care businesses may also reopen, as long as social distancing and sanitizing measures are taken. Retail stores, athletic facilities and entertainment venues must continue to limit occupancy and implement sanitation and social distancing practices. Beaches are open, but patrons must practice social distancing. As of Oct. 2, hospital, nursing and long-term care facilities have been allowed to permit residents to receive one visitor at a time, subject to other restrictions.
• Alaska: Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) modified a travel mandate that requires those arriving in Alaska to show a negative COVID-19 test or agree to be tested on arrival ($250). Self-quarantining for 14 days is no longer an option for nonresidents (Alaska residents returning to the state can opt to self-quarantine for two weeks). Critical infrastructure workers are exempt. Previously, Dunleavy permitted all businesses, including restaurants, hair salons, gyms, museums and entertainment venues to reopen at 100 percent capacity. Safeguards are recommended. In group gatherings, individuals from separate households are encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Local authorities and private businesses can enact stricter requirements.
• Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released requirements and guidelines for gyms, movie theaters and water parks to reopen. Under the new guidance, the businesses can operate at a limited capacity if certain benchmarks are met. Restaurants can offer indoor dining service but must limit occupancy. Large gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, but local authorities can approve them if certain safety precautions are met. The Republican governor has restricted residential evictions until Oct. 31.
• Arkansas: Under the direction of Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), the health department continues to modify coronavirus-related order and directives. The state moved to Phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 15. Restaurants can expand to 66 percent seating capacity for indoor or outdoor dining services as long as other restrictions are followed. Gyms, fitness centers, hair salons and spas can operate if they have safety precautions in place. Visitor centers at state parks and shops can reopen, and residents can rent cabins and lodges. With an approved plan, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues can hold events of up to 66 percent capacity. For gatherings of 100 people or fewer, no approved plan is required. Everyone age 10 or older must wear a mask whether indoors or outdoors if with nonhousehold members and if social distancing cannot be maintained. (Face coverings aren’t required at private residences.)
As of July 1, family and friends of those in nursing homes and care facilities have been permitted to visit if the facilities have met state health department requirements. Previously, Hutchinson issued an order protecting businesses from liability for damages or injury relating to coronavirus exposure. There is an exception for “willful, malicious or intentional misconduct.”
• California: Under the direction of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), the health department has issued updated restrictions on gatherings. Only outdoor gatherings are permitted. No more than three households can attend a gathering, and the space must be big enough to allow people to implement social distancing practices. Previously, Newsom unveiled Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a plan that outlines coronavirus restrictions during the pandemic. Each county falls into one of four color-coded tiers: purple (where the virus is most widespread), red, orange and yellow (where the virus is minimally widespread). Most counties are in the purple tier, where restaurants can offer only outdoor dining and retail stores must limit capacity to 25 percent. Hair salons and barbershops can offer indoor services with restrictions. Gyms and fitness centers can open only outdoors. Many other nonessential businesses remain closed, such as nightclubs, theme parks and concert venues.
Once in the red tier, restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity or 100 patrons, whichever is fewer. Retail stores can operate at 50 percent capacity, and museums can open indoors at 25 percent capacity. For counties in the orange tier, bars and breweries that don’t serve food are among businesses that can open for outdoor services. For counties in the yellow tier, most businesses can reopen but must still follow safety precautions.
For a full list of restrictions, visit covid19.ca.gov. Newsom has ordered everyone to wear a face mask in public spaces; children under age 2 and people with certain medical disabilities are among those exempt. He also signed a bill into law that requires businesses to report COVID-19 outbreaks to local officials and to any employees who may have been exposed to the virus while at work.
• Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis announced some counties must revert to tighter restrictions following a surge in COVID-19 cases. Under the state’s safer-at-home order, counties fall into three levels. Level 3, the most restrictive, permits restaurants to operate at 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 50 people. Gyms, fitness centers and personal care businesses can operate at 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 25 people. And retail stores can operate at 25 percent capacity. Under Level 2, most businesses can bump up operations to 50 percent capacity. Gyms remain limited to 25 percent capacity, but with a new maximum of 50 people. Under Level 1, the least restrictive, businesses can continue to operate at 50 percent capacity, but with a larger maximum cap. For example, restaurants and houses of worship can seat up to 175 people indoors. Under all levels, personal gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. A handful of counties have moved out of the safer-at-home category to the “Protect Our Neighbors” phase, in which local authorities take more control over reopening plans.
Previously, Polis extended a mask mandate through mid-November. People age 11 and older must wear a face covering in indoor public spaces or while using public transportation or ride-hailing services. Workplaces can deny service or admission to customers who aren’t wearing a face mask. An organization can request a waiver from the state for certain indoor activities if wearing a mask during an activity is not practical.
• Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont moved the state to phase 3 of its reopening plan. Restaurants are permitted to increase dine-in services from 50 to 75 percent capacity. Personal-service businesses and libraries can also operate at 75 percent capacity. Indoor performing arts centers can reopen at 50 percent capacity, with 6-foot spaces between parties. Indoor gatherings at private residences are capped at 25 people; other indoor events (like weddings) are capped at 100 people, including staff. Outdoor gatherings of up to 150 people are allowed. Previously, Lamont ordered anyone over age 2 to wear a face covering in public places, indoors or outdoors, when social distancing cannot be maintained. People who qualify for a medical exemption must have written documentation. Travelers arriving from states with high COVID-19 infection rates must self-quarantine for 14 days. Phase 3 began Oct. 8; however, Lamont signed an order on Oct. 13 that permits municipal authorities to revert to phase 2 restrictions.
• Delaware: Gov. John Carney signed an order combining coronavirus-related restrictions. Individuals must wear a face covering when in public places, including grocery stores and on mass transit. Face coverings aren’t required if outdoors when social distancing can be maintained. Retail stores, restaurants, hair salons and most other businesses can continue operating at 60 percent capacity, among other restrictions. Exercise facilities and senior and adult day-care centers must remain at 30 percent capacity. Gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted if safety precautions are in place. Gatherings of more than 250 people must be approved.
• District of Columbia: Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered individuals who were traveling for nonessential reasons to self-quarantine upon arrival in the district if they are returning from a high-risk area. Travelers from Maryland and Virginia are exempt. Previously, she ordered people older than 2 to wear a mask when leaving their residences if more than fleeting contact with others is likely. Washington, D.C., is in phase 2 of the region’s reopening plan. People must continue to practice social distancing, and gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Restaurants can resume indoor dining with restrictions, such as spacing tables 6 feet apart and limiting the size of a party to six people. Retail establishments can reopen for indoor shopping but must limit occupancy to 50 percent. Bars and nightclubs are among nonessential businesses that must remain closed. High-contact sports are prohibited. Hair salons and barbershops may reopen, but customers must make appointments, and other safeguards must be in place.
• Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed an order lifting most coronavirus-related restrictions and moving the state to Phase 3 of its reopening plan, under which all businesses can reopen. Restaurants and bars are no longer subject to occupancy restrictions. However, city or county governments can impose occupancy limits on restaurants and bars (to as low as 50 percent capacity) if authorities state in the local order why the restriction is necessary for public health. DeSantis’ new order also removes fees or penalties for individuals who don’t follow social distancing practices, including mask mandates. The order went into effect Sept. 25.
• Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed an order extending restrictions related to COVID-19 through Oct. 15. People living in long-term care facilities and other at-risk individuals, such as those with severe lung or heart disease, must continue to shelter in place. Long-term care facilities and nursing homes can allow visitors if they meet certain criteria.
Kemp has strongly encouraged everyone to wear face masks while outside the home but stopped short of requiring it. Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, but individuals must maintain a 6-foot distance from each other. Restaurants must adhere to strict sanitation and social distancing guidelines. Gyms, hair salons and movie theaters are among businesses that can operate, with restrictions.
• Hawaii: Gov. David Ige extended a partial quarantine between islands. Interisland travelers who arrive in Kauai, Hawaii, Maui or Kalawao must self-quarantine for 14 days (travelers to Kauai and Maui can bypass the mandate with a negative COVID-19 test result). People arriving in Hawaii from out of state must show a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 14 days. Most of the state is under the Act With Care plan of its reopening, which allows many businesses to resume operations, with restrictions. Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, but individuals should practice social distancing. Oahu is under Tier 1, whereby most businesses are limited to operating at 50 percent capacity and gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. Earlier, Ige issued an order requiring people to wear a face mask while inside an essential business or while waiting in line to enter one.
Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell ordered people to also wear masks outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Idaho: Amid a surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Brad Little signed an order moving the state back to a modified approach to Stage 3 of its reopening plan. Indoor gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum occupancy space (If no occupancy limits exist, people can only gather to the extent they can follow social distancing practices). Customers at bars and restaurants must remain seated, and tables must be spaced 6 feet apart. Little stopped short of issuing a statewide mask mandate, but masks are required at long-term care facilities. Businesses may continue to operate, but they should adhere to social distancing and sanitation recommendations.
• Illinois: Due to a spike in coronavirus cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) has rolled back reopening measures in some regions. Restaurants and bars must close indoor service. Outdoor dining is still permitted but reservations are required, tables must be spaced 6-feet apart, and dining must close by 11 p.m. Gatherings are limited to 25 people or 25 percent of the venue’s capacity (whichever is smaller). Schools and polling places are exempt. For regions in Phase 4, gatherings of up to 50 people or 50 percent of a room’s capacity are permitted. Restaurants can reopen for indoor dining but must space tables 6 feet apart, among other restrictions. Hair salons, gyms and other nonessential businesses can reopen if they have safety measures and other restrictions in place. Bowling alleys, theaters, performing arts centers and similar indoor venues can also resume operations, with limits. A statewide mask mandate requires anyone over age 2 to wear a face covering when indoors at a public space or when outdoors at a public place where a 6-foot distance between people cannot be maintained.
• Indiana: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) announced the state will move to stage 5 of its reopening plan on Sept. 26. Under that stage, restaurants can open at full capacity, but social distancing precautions must be in place. Retail stores and personal service businesses, such as hair salons, can also operate at full capacity. Gyms and fitness centers can operate without restrictions. Senior centers can reopen but must follow precautions. Size limits on social gatherings will be lifted. However, events of more than 500 people will require submitting a plan to the health department. (Currently, gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted, indoors and outdoors, provided that social distancing is practiced.) Holcomb also announced he will extend a mask mandate until Oct. 17. People must wear a face covering when in an indoor public space, when outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained and when using public transportation.
• Iowa: Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation extending restrictions on businesses to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants and bars may remain open but must ensure social distancing, among other hygiene measures. Other nonessential businesses, such as amusement parks, movie theaters, museums, hair salons, barbershops, gyms, retail stores and massage parlors, can resume operations if safety precautions are taken. The governor has permitted social gatherings of more than 10 people if social distancing measures are implemented.
• Kansas: Gov. Laura Kelly announced she is working with state government authorities to issue a mask mandate. Previously, Kelly announced that counties should come up with their own plans to reopen businesses. A statewide plan to restart the economy in phases offers guidance, but counties aren’t required to follow it. The state Department of Health and Environment mandated a 14-day home quarantine for all Kansans who traveled to a state with widespread transmission. The mandate also applies to anyone who traveled internationally or on a cruise ship on or after March 15.
• Kentucky: Gov. Andy Beshear (D) extended a mask mandate that requires anyone over age 5 to wear a face covering while inside a public space, while using public transportation or while outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained. Under the phased approach to reopen the state’s economy, restaurants and bars can operate at 50 percent capacity, as long as parties can maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Last call has been extended to 11 p.m., and restaurants and bars must close by midnight. Private gatherings are capped at 10 people. Fitness centers, bowling alleys, retail stores, hair salons and movie theaters are among businesses that can operate, with restrictions. Previously, Beshear signed an order requiring landlords to give tenants 30 days’ notice before eviction for failure to pay rent. The order also requires the landlord and tenant to meet during that time in order to try to work out an agreement, and it bans late fees on rent through Dec. 31.
• Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) signed an order extending Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan until Nov. 6 Under the restrictions, gyms, theaters, hair salons, museums and restaurants are among the businesses that can operate at 75 percent capacity. Bars must remain closed for on-premises food and drink consumption in parishes with a high rate of COVID-19. For parishes with a low positivity rate, bars can reopen at a limited capacity, and alcohol service must stop at 10 p.m. Amusement parks, concert halls and children’s indoor play centers are among businesses that must remain closed. Indoor social gatherings are capped at 250 people or 50 percent capacity of the facility. Outdoor social gatherings of more than 250 people are permitted only if individuals from separate households can maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. People 8 and older must wear a mask in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, unless social distancing can be maintained.
• Maine: Gov. Janet Mills signed an order moving the state to phase 4 of its reopening plan, effective Oct. 13. Restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses with indoor seating can operate at 50 percent capacity or 100 people (whichever is smaller). A 6-foot distance between seating areas is required, among other precautions. Bars and tasting rooms have already been approved to offer outdoor dining; the reopening of indoor dining has been scheduled for Nov. 2. Gyms and other indoor businesses without seating must cap occupancy at 50 people. Retail businesses can allow five people per 1,000 square feet. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people. Face coverings are mandatory statewide for anyone 5 and older in public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Previously, Mills modified a travel mandate that requires those visiting Maine to show a negative COVID-19 test or opt to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers from some states, including Vermont and New Hampshire, are exempt.
• Maryland: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced that indoor visits at nursing homes and assisted care facilities can resume as long as the residence hasn’t had any active cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Previously, Hogan signed an order moving the state to stage 3 of its reopening plan. Indoor theaters may operate at 50 percent capacity or 100 people per auditorium (whichever is smaller). Retail stores and religious centers can operate at 75 percent capacity. Fitness centers and personal-service businesses, such as beauty salons and barbershops, can operate at 50 percent capacity, with restrictions. Restaurants can provide dine-in service at 75 percent capacity but cannot offer buffets, among other restrictions. Senior centers remain closed. Previously, Hogan issued a mask mandate requiring people over age 5 to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all businesses or areas outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced that some communities can move to step 2 of phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. Indoor and outdoor performance venues can reopen but are capped at 50 percent occupancy or 250 people (whichever is smaller). Gyms, fitness centers, museums, and indoor and outdoor recreation facilities are among businesses that can operate at 50 percent capacity. For communities remaining in phase 3, step 1, indoor performance venues remain closed; outdoor performance venues are limited to 25 percent capacity or 50 people (whichever is smaller). Gyms, fitness centers and museums can operate at 40 percent capacity. Restaurants can offer indoor service but must space tables 6 feet apart, among other restrictions.
The gathering limits are the same statewide. Indoor gatherings are capped at 25 people, and outdoor gatherings are capped at 50 people. Previously, Baker ordered everyone over age 2 to wear a mask in public places, including grocery stores and taxis, or when more than 10 people from different households are gathered. Baker ordered travelers entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days or show a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers from states with low rates of COVID-19 are among those who are exempt.
• Michigan: On Oct. 2, the Michigan Supreme Court struck down orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) outlining pandemic-related restrictions. The court ruled that a 1945 law Whitmer relied on to issue the orders was unconstitutional, and that Whitmer thus lacked the authority for her actions. In response to the ruling, the state health department issued two new orders in early October, drawing on another law.
On Oct. 29, the health department extended and modified the orders. It capped indoor residential gatherings at 10 people and outdoor residential gatherings at 100. Gatherings at nonresidential venues are capped at 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors as long as other capacity limits are met. If the gathering is at a nonresidential venue, individuals 5 and older must wear a face mask. Restaurants, retail stores, libraries and museums must limit capacity to 50 percent. At restaurants, bars and other social events, parties seated at a single table cannot exceed six people. Fitness centers, bowling alleys, ice rinks and similar recreational facilities are limited to 25 percent capacity, and a 6-foot distance between workout stations must be maintained. Entertainment facilities, including sports arenas and movie theaters, must implement social distancing requirements among members of different households.
• Minnesota: Gov. Tim Walz ordered people age 5 and up to wear a mask when inside public spaces or outside when social distancing cannot be practiced. Under phase 3 of the state’s Stay Safe plan, gyms, movie theaters, concert halls and museums can open but must limit the number of visitors. Restaurants can offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity and must adhere to other restrictions, including requiring reservations. Personal-care businesses, such as hair and nail salons, can reopen with safety and sanitation practices in place. Retail stores can continue to allow a limited number of customers inside. Indoor gatherings are capped at 10 people. Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 participants are permitted.
• Mississippi: Gov. Tate Reeves (R) signed an order updating coronavirus-related restrictions. Health care facilities that perform nonelective procedures must reserve 10 percent of their capacity for COVID-19 patients. The order also alters restrictions on group gatherings. In nine counties, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 50 if social distancing cannot be maintained. In those counties, individuals must wear masks when inside a school, business or public space. In the remaining counties, indoor gatherings are limited to 20 people and outdoor gatherings to 100 if social distancing cannot be maintained.
In all counties, some gatherings are exempt, such as those at religious organizations or students meeting in classrooms. Previously, Reeves ordered bars and restaurants to serve alcohol only to seated patrons and not after 11 p.m. Most businesses must limit customers or visitors to 75 percent capacity and implement safety precautions. Visitors to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should spend time with family members only and avoid contact with other residents, among other restrictions.
• Missouri: Gov. Mike Parson announced that the state will fully reopen June 16. A press release issued by the governor’s office said, “All statewide restrictions will be lifted, though local officials will still have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place.” Parson encouraged people to continue to practice social distancing and take precautions, such as practicing good hygiene and avoiding large crowds.
• Montana: Gov. Steve Bullock directed individuals in counties experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19 to wear a mask in indoor public spaces, or when outdoors if 50 or more people are gathered and social distancing cannot be maintained. Children under age 5 are among those who are exempt. Previously, Bullock directed the state’s economy to reopen in phases. Phase two began June 1. All businesses can operate and should implement social distancing. Gyms, fitness centers, pools, movie theaters and restaurants can increase capacity to 75 percent. People are encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance from others when in public and avoid gathering in groups of more than 50. People over 65 and other vulnerable populations are encouraged to stay at home. Senior centers and assisted living facilities cannot allow visitors.
• Nebraska: Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) announced changes to the state’s directed health measures. Effective Oct. 21, all counties are in phase 3.1 of the state’s reopening plan. Bars and restaurants can operate at 100 percent capacity, but parties are limited to eight people and patrons must remain seated except in limited circumstances, such as when placing an order or using the restroom. Gatherings at theaters, arenas, stadiums, auctions and similar establishments are limited to 50 percent capacity if indoors and 100 percent capacity if outdoors, but not to exceed 10,000 people in any setting. Hospitals can perform elective procedures only if 10 percent of their general and ICU beds are reserved for COVID-19 patients. Businesses are encouraged to follow recommended guidance.
• Nevada: Gov. Steve Sisolak adopted a road to recovery plan, which includes targeted measures to address counties with an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission. Public gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed. Restaurants are permitted to resume dine-in services, as long as they adhere to sanitation and social distancing guidelines. Most other businesses — including retail stores, movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms and hair salons — can also reopen, with restrictions. People over age 9 must wear a face covering whenever they leave home, including at outdoor public spaces when social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.
• New Hampshire: Gov. Chris Sununu ordered individuals to wear face coverings at scheduled activities where 100 people or more are gathered, such as religious services, concerts or sporting events. Previously, Sununu permitted the state’s stay-at-home order to expire June 15. Restaurants can resume both indoor and outdoor dining services, but tables should be spaced 6 feet apart, among other guidelines. Gyms can reopen at 50 percent capacity. Previously, Sununu permitted retail stores, hair salons, barbershops and similar businesses to reopen, with restrictions. He reopened all seacoast beaches and lifted the restrictions on certain activities, such as sunbathing and picnicking. Hotels could reopen June 5, but out-of-state travelers must meet self-quarantine restrictions.
• New Jersey: Gov. Phil Murphy signed an order extending coronavirus-related restrictions. Restaurants can offer indoor dining at 25 percent capacity and tables must be spaced 6 feet apart, among other restrictions. Movie theaters can also operate at 25 percent room capacity or 150 people, whichever is smaller. Personal care businesses, such as nail salons and barber shops, must take appointments and perform prescreening temperature checks, among other requirements. Indoor gatherings are capped at 25 percent of the room’s capacity with a maximum of 25 people. Weddings, funerals and worship services are among indoor events with looser restrictions (25 percent of the room’s capacity or 150 people). Outdoor gatherings of up to 500 people are allowed, though attendees must maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. No gathering limit applies to outdoor religious or political events. Previously, Murphy ordered people to wear face coverings when outside in public spaces if social distancing cannot be maintained. Wearing cloth masks in grocery stores and other indoor retail businesses remains a requirement.
• New Mexico: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she will roll back reopening plans with an updated public health order, effective Oct. 16. Restaurants and other food establishments that serve alcohol must close by 10 p.m. Hotels that haven’t completed a training requirement must limit occupancy to 25 percent; those that have been certified can operate at 60 percent capacity. Gatherings of more than five people will be prohibited. Lujan Grisham will amend a travel order requiring people arriving in New Mexico from states with a high COVID-19 infection rate to self-quarantine for 14 days.
• New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that movie theaters may reopen in some counties at 25 percent capacity with no more than 50 people per theater. The state is in phase 4 of its reopening plan. Among other restrictions, indoor dining can resume at 25 percent capacity in New York City. Restaurants in all other regions can resume dine-in service at 50 percent capacity. Zoos, nature parks, outdoor museums and other low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity; indoor arts and entertainment venues can open at 25 percent capacity; and gyms and fitness centers can operate at 33 percent capacity. Social gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed. Individuals over age 2 must wear a face mask in public if social distancing cannot be maintained. The governor also issued an order permitting businesses to deny entry to anyone who is not wearing a mask.
Previously, Cuomo announced that travelers arriving in New York from states with high rates of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days. He also extended a pause on evictions for those who cannot pay rent due to a COVID-19 hardship.
• North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed an order moving the state to phase 3 of its reopening plan, effective Oct. 2. Entertainment facilities such as bars and movie theaters can reopen. Bars can only offer outdoor service and must restrict capacity to 30 percent or seven people for every 1,000 square feet. Large outdoor venues, such as stadiums, can also reopen but must limit capacity to 7 percent. Restaurants, gyms, retail stores and personal-care businesses such as hair salons can continue to operate with capacity limits, among other restrictions. Restaurants continue to be prohibited from serving alcohol after 11 p.m. Gatherings remain capped at 50 or fewer people outdoors and 25 or fewer indoors; social distancing must be practiced. Individuals 5 and older must wear a face covering in public places, indoors or outdoors, when social distancing cannot be maintained.
• North Dakota: Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Doug Burgum (R) announced updates to the state’s Smart Restart plan. The plan encourages people and businesses to follow recommendations, depending on the designation of its county. In counties designated as red, nonessential businesses should close. In orange counties, nonessential businesses should operate at 25 percent capacity with a cap of 50 people. In counties designated as yellow, nonessential businesses should operate at 50 percent capacity with a cap of 100 people. In counties designated as green, businesses should operate at 75 percent capacity with a cap of 200 people. Businesses are encouraged to implement sanitation measures and follow social distancing practices. Individuals are encouraged to wear masks. Local mandates may differ from the Smart Restart plan and must be followed.
• Ohio: Under the direction of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Department of Health’s interim director issued an order permitting all sports competitions to resume this fall. But strict restrictions, such as limiting the number of spectators, remain in place. Previously, DeWine signed an order adopting a rule that bans restaurants and bars from selling alcohol after 10 p.m. DeWine said the order was an attempt to curb the behavior of people gathering indoors in close contact. People statewide are required to wear face coverings when inside a location that is not a residence, when using public transportation or when outside if a 6-foot distance between non-household members cannot be maintained. Children under age 10 and individuals with certain medical conditions are among those exempt. DeWine also advised travelers arriving in Ohio from states with a high rate of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days, but he stopped short of requiring it.
Under the current health advisory to reopen the state’s economy, gyms and other fitness venues can resume operations if they follow safety standards. Restaurants can offer table service indoors, with restrictions. Retail stores may reopen, but certain sanitation and social distancing practices must be implemented. Hair salons and other close-care businesses can reopen, provided they abide by strict sanitation rules. Nonessential medical procedures may resume, and nonessential offices, construction and manufacturing businesses may restart operations. Everyone using shared outdoor space must keep a distance of at least 6 feet except for family members. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
• Oklahoma: Gov. Kevin Stitt signed an order allowing long-term care facilities to accept visitors under the state’s phased reopening plan. Phase 3, which began June 1, allows summer camps to open. Workplaces no longer have to restrict the number of staff members. Hair salons and other personal-care businesses can take walk-in clients. Businesses should implement sanitation and social distancing practices. Some cities require people to wear a face covering when in public.
• Oregon: Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced updates to the county watch list. The state is under a phased reopening plan. For counties in phase 1, restaurants and bars can resume indoor dining, but they must place tables 6 feet apart and take other precautions. Salons, spas and gyms are among businesses allowed to reopen with restrictions. Swimming pools, bowling alleys and movies theaters must remain closed. For counties in phase 2, additional businesses, such as movie theaters, pools and bowling alleys, can reopen with restrictions. For all counties, indoor social gatherings are capped at 10 people. Indoor restaurants, gyms and other venues must limit occupancy to 100 people, including staff. Restaurants and bars must close by 10 p.m. Brown ordered people age 5 and older to wear face coverings in outdoor areas where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained and in indoor public spaces.
• Pennsylvania: Under the direction of Gov. Tom Wolf, the health department updated coronavirus-related restrictions. Indoor and outdoor limits on gatherings now depend on the maximum occupancy of a space. The limits are to be determined by using an occupancy calculator. Restaurants that have self-certified can offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity. Gyms, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other close-contact businesses can reopen with restrictions. Individuals age 2 and older must wear a face covering in indoor public zones. Masks are also required outdoors if a 6-foot distance from nonhousehold members cannot be maintained. The governor announced that Pennsylvania Turnpike tollbooths will stop taking cash.
• Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) announced the state will stay in phase 3 of its reopening plan until a vaccine is available. Restaurants can provide indoor dining at up to 66 percent capacity. Retail stores can resume operations with capacity limits. Close-contact businesses, such as gyms and hair salons, can also reopen with restrictions. Private indoor social gatherings are limited to 15 people or 50 at events with a licensed caterer. Private outdoor social gatherings are capped at 15 attendees, or 100 at events with a licensed caterer.
Previously, Raimondo ordered individuals over age 2 to wear a face covering in public spaces, whether indoors or outdoors, if social distancing cannot be maintained. Face masks are also required when using taxis, ride-hailing services or similar transportation services. Anyone arriving in Rhode Island from an area with a high community COVID-19 spread rate must self-quarantine for 14 days or provide results of a negative coronavirus test.
• South Carolina: Gov. Henry McMaster issued an order lifting occupancy limits on restaurants. Eateries can operate at 100 percent capacity but must continue to require patrons to wear a face covering when inside except when they are eating or drinking. Tables must be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and alcohol sales are prohibited after 11 p.m., among other restrictions. Previously, McMaster permitted entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, to reopen at 50 percent occupancy or 250 people (whichever is smaller). Masks are required. Other nonessential businesses can reopen; guidelines are recommended. Beaches are open, but the governor has authorized local authorities to close or restrict public access points if it’s necessary to protect visitors’ health.
• South Dakota: Gov. Kristi Noem signed an order putting the state’s “Back to Normal” plan in effect. The plan encourages employers to sanitize high-traffic areas and screen employees for illness. Retail businesses should operate in a manner that promotes social distancing and should consider limiting the number of customers inside their stores. The plan also encourages, but doesn’t require, older adults and other vulnerable individuals to stay at home.
• Tennessee: Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed an order removing many coronavirus-related restrictions for businesses and gatherings in 89 counties. (The remaining six counties are subject to the restrictions of their health departments.) People with COVID-19 or its symptoms are required to stay at home. Social distancing is still encouraged when individuals interact with others outside the household. Long-term care facilities may receive visitors if certain requirements are met. Lee extended a provision that permits local authorities to issue a face mask requirement. The order is in effect as of Thursday, Oct. 1.
• Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an order, effective Oct. 14, that permits most businesses to operate at 75 percent capacity as long as the business is in an area with a low number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients. Businesses in areas with high hospitalizations must limit occupancy to 50 percent capacity. Religious services, local government operations and recreational sports programs are among organizations with no occupancy limits. Personal care establishments, such as barbershops and nail salons, also don’t have limits on number of customers; however, there must be a 6-foot distance between workstations, among other precautions. Abbott’s order also reopens bars — with the additional approval of each county’s judge — but limits indoor service to 50 percent capacity. Anyone 10 or older must wear a mask in indoor public spaces or when outside if a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained. Counties with no more than 20 active COVID-19 cases are exempt. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in most circumstances unless local government officials approve them.
Due to a surge in cases, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego ordered nonessential businesses to shut down for two weeks, effective Oct. 30.
• Utah: Gov. Gary Herbert signed an order updating the guidance for the reopening plan. The state uses a color-coded system. Most counties are in the yellow low-risk phase, under which all businesses can reopen if they take precautions. Restaurants must space tables 6 feet apart. Buffets may open, but staff must hand plates to patrons directly, among other restrictions. When playing sports, participants should be checked for symptoms. A few counties require people to wear a face mask in public places; other counties encourage, but don’t require, this practice. Herbert has mandated face masks for individuals inside state facilities. Private gatherings are capped at 50 people or fewer. Cultural arts and other events can exceed 50 people if certain guidelines are followed. For counties in the green new-normal phase, restrictions on private gatherings are lifted, but people are encouraged to take personal responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19.
• Vermont: Gov. Phil Scott ordered people age 2 and older to wear a face covering in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, when physical distancing isn’t possible. Previously, he permitted restaurants and entertainment venues to expand capacity to 50 percent of maximum occupancy. Indoor events of up to 75 people and outdoor organized events of up to 150 are allowed. Long-term care facilities may allow residents to receive two visitors per day, but the visits must be outside, among other rules. Hair salons and barbershops can reopen, but they must take appointments and limit occupancy. Hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts and other lodging areas were allowed to resume operations May 22, but out-of-state travelers must follow a self-quarantine mandate.
• Virginia: Gov. Ralph Northam announced he will expand a rent and mortgage relief program. Landlords can now apply for past-due payments dating back to April 1, 2020. Virginia is in phase three of its reopening plan. Restaurants can offer indoor service at full capacity if parties are separated by 6 feet, among other restrictions. Bar seats and congregating areas must remain closed except for foot traffic. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gyms and fitness centers can operate at 75 percent capacity. Social gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed. Movie theaters, concert venues and other entertainment areas can reopen but must follow strict guidelines. Northam ordered everyone 10 and older to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces.
• Washington: Gov. Jay Inslee announced modified guidelines for the state’s phased reopening plan. In counties still in phase 1, individuals 65 and older and other high-risk populations remain under a stay-at-home order unless participating in a phase 1 activity. Permissible outdoor activities include golfing, hunting and fishing, as long as social distancing practices are followed. Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 5 or fewer people. Outdoor spiritual gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed. Restaurants can reopen indoor dining at 25 percent capacity and outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity. In-store retail businesses can operate at 30 percent capacity.
For counties in phase 2, outdoor social gatherings are limited to five people. Outdoor spiritual gatherings of up to 200 people are allowed. Gyms and fitness centers can have one customer for every 300 square feet. Restaurants can offer in-dining services at 50 percent capacity, among other restrictions. Hair and nail salons and housecleaning services can operate with restrictions; retail stores may allow customers inside in a limited capacity.
For counties in phase 3, outdoor social gatherings are capped at 10 people. Indoor spiritual gatherings are capped at 400 people or 50 percent capacity (whichever is smaller). Restaurants must limit capacity to 50 percent capacity, among other restrictions. Indoor movie theaters can operate at 25 percent capacity.
In all phases, masks are required in indoor public spaces or outdoors when social distancing can’t be maintained. Live entertainment, indoors or outdoors, is also prohibited in all counties.
• West Virginia: Gov. Jim Justice rescinded an order prohibiting the general public from visiting nursing homes. New guidelines for visiting rules depend on the number of active COVID-19 cases in the community. Previously, Justice ordered people age 9 and older to wear a face covering when in a confined indoor public space where social distancing cannot be maintained. He also issued guidance for businesses as they reopen. Restaurants can offer indoor service, with restrictions. Social gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted. Hair salons, gyms, museums and other businesses should follow safety and sanitation protocols. Private campgrounds and state-park campgrounds were allowed to reopen June 10.
• Wisconsin: Under the direction of Gov. Tony Evers (D), the health department restricted indoor gatherings in public spaces (restaurants, retail stores, office lobbies) to 25 percent capacity. The directive is in response to a high rate of COVID-19 cases and takes effect at 8 a.m. Oct. 8. It lasts until Nov. 6. Previously, Evers extended a mask mandate until Nov. 21. Everyone age 5 and older must wear a face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space (other than his or her private residence) when other people are present. When outdoors, individuals are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks. In May, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state Department of Health Services’ safer-at-home order, issued under Evers’ direction. The governor issued a statement in response to the ruling, asking Wisconsinites to continue to do their part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Private businesses can enforce their own restrictions, such as requiring patrons to follow social distancing practices.
• Wyoming: Under the direction of Gov. Mark Gordon (R), the state health officer loosened some coronavirus-related restrictions. Restaurants, bars and other food establishments can increase the number of people in one party from 6 people to 8 people (larger parties are permitted when individuals are within the same household). Other restrictions on food establishments remain in place, such as a prohibition on buffet services. Indoor gatherings of 50 people in a single, confined space are allowed. If social distancing and other restrictions are in place, indoor events with up to 250 people are permitted. Gatherings at hotels, livestock auctions, grocery stores and faith-based organizations are among those that are exempt. Hair salons and gyms have also reopened, with restrictions.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.