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List of Coronavirus-Related Restrictions in Every State

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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: 


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• Alabama: At the direction of Gov. Kay Ivey, the state health officer has amended a safer at home order. 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 gatherings 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. Hospital, nursing and long-term care facilities must limit visitors except for circumstances such as end-of-life care or supporting someone with a disability.

• Alaska: Gov. Mike Dunleavy modified a travel mandate that requires those arriving in Alaska to show a negative COVID-19 test, agree to be tested on arrival or opt to self-quarantine for 14 days. 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.

• Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey extended an order pausing the reopening of bars, indoor gyms, indoor movie theaters and water parks to Aug. 10. They had previously been allowed to reopen after a stay-at-home order expired. Ducey also ordered restaurants to limit indoor dining operations to less than 50 percent of capacity. He has restricted residential evictions until Oct. 31.

• Arkansas: Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a face mask mandate that took effect July 20. Everyone age 10 or older must wear a mask whether indoors or outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained. 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 certain 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.”

The state moved to phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 15. Restaurants can expand capacity for dine-in services. 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.

• California: Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to modify a stay-at-home order for the state’s 40 million residents amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. Bars, wineries, movie theaters and indoor museums are among businesses that must remain closed. Restaurants must halt indoor dining, but outdoor operations are still allowed.

In counties on the state’s watch list, gyms, places of worship and personal care businesses, like hair salons, are among businesses that also must close unless they can operate outside. Businesses providing essential services, including gas stations, pharmacies, food stores, banks and laundry facilities, remain open statewide. Retail stores can also operate with limitations. Previously, the governor ordered everyone to wear a face mask in public spaces; children under age 2 and people with certain medical disabilities are among those who are exempt.

• Colorado: Gov. Jared Polis ordered everyone age 11 or older to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces or while using public transportation or ride-hailing services. Previously, he signed an order permitting workplaces to deny service or admission to customers who aren’t wearing a face mask.

The state is under a modified safer-at-home order, by which residents 65 and older and other vulnerable individuals are urged, but not required, to stay at home. Indoor gatherings are allowed but must be limited to 100 people, among other restrictions. Outdoor events must have no more than 175 people. Restaurants can resume dine-in services at 50 percent capacity or 50 people (whichever is fewer), and bars at 25 percent capacity or 50 people (whichever is fewer). Retail stores can allow customers inside, with limits in place. Hair salons and other personal-care businesses can resume services, also with limits on the number of clients. Outdoor visits at long-term care facilities are allowed with strict limitations.

• Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont signed an order requiring travelers arriving in the state to announce their plans and disclose where they are staying, among other details. Previously, he signed an order requiring travelers arriving from states with high COVID-19 infection rates to self-quarantine for 14 days. Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan began June 17. Restaurants are permitted to resume dining-in services at 50 percent capacity, and gyms are allowed to reopen with restrictions. Hair salons, barbershops and casinos can reopen with precautions in place. Lamont has increased the number of people allowed to gather indoors for social and recreational purposes to 25, and outdoors to 100. Lamont ordered people to wear a face mask in public when a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained.

• Delaware: Gov. John Carney signed an order permitting senior centers and adult day care centers to reopen at 30 percent capacity and with other restrictions in place. He has delayed moving the state to phase 3 of its economic reopening plan. Under phase 2, retail stores, restaurants, hair salons and most other businesses can resume operating at 60 percent capacity. Exercise facilities must remain at 30 percent capacity. Indoor gatherings of more than 250 people must be approved. Beaches reopened May 22. Carney has ordered residents older than 12 to wear a face covering when in public places, including grocery stores and on mass transit.

• 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: As cases spiked in the state, Halsey Beshears, secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, on June 26 ordered bars that derive more than 50 percent of their sales from alcohol to stop selling alcohol for on-premises consumption. Gov. Ron DeSantis had signed an order that permitted most counties to begin phase 2 of their reopening plan on June 5. Restaurants can offer indoor service at 50 percent capacity. Movie theaters may also reopen at 50 percent capacity. Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted. DeSantis modified a travel mandate, requiring most people who arrive from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York or Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days; students traveling for academic work or activity are exempt.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez ordered visitors and employees of grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies and other essential businesses to wear face masks. Several other cities in Florida have a similar requirement. Recently, Giménez ordered restaurants in Miami-Dade County to close again for indoor dining services. Takeout, delivery and outdoor dining are still allowed. The order also closes party venues and short-term rentals.

• Georgia: Gov. Brian Kemp signed an order extending restrictions related to COVID-19. People living in long-term care facilities and other at-risk individuals, such as those with severe lung or heart disease, must shelter in place until Sept. 10. People required to shelter in place can’t receive visitors except in limited circumstances. Kemp strongly encouraged everyone to wear face masks while outside their homes 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 no longer have to limit the number of customers but 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 announced he will reinstate a partial interisland quarantine. Interisland travelers who arrive in Kauai, Hawaii, Maui or Kalawao must self-quarantine for 14 days. Previously he announced that, as of Sept. 1, travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state must show a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 14 days. Until then, a travel mandate remains in effect that requires all people entering Hawaii from out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days, except for those who perform emergency response or critical infrastructure functions.

The state is under the Act With Care phase of its reopening, which allows many businesses to resume operations, with restrictions. Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed indoors, and events of up to 100 people are allowed outdoors; individuals should practice social distancing for both. Previously, 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: Gov. Brad Little announced that he is extending Stage 4 of Idaho’s reopening plan and that the state will move to a regional response going forward. Under Stage 4, gatherings of any size are permitted, but people should practice social distancing and follow hygiene recommendations. While businesses may resume operations, they should adhere to social distancing and sanitation recommendations.

• Illinois: Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new guidance for youth and adult recreational sports. The level of play permitted depends on whether the sport carries a high, medium or low risk of exposure to COVID-19. The state is in phase 4 of a 5-phase plan to reopen the economy. As of June 26, gatherings of up to 50 people or 50 percent of a room’s capacity are permitted. Bowling alleys, theaters, performing arts centers and similar indoor venues can resume operations, with limits. Restaurants can reopen for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity 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. Anyone over age 2 must wear a face mask when indoors at a public space or when outdoors at a public place where a 6-foot distance between people cannot be maintained.

 Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that she is reinstating restrictions on some businesses. Among other rules, restaurants must limit a party’s size to six people, fitness classes must be capped at 10 people, and bars, breweries and similar alcohol establishments that don’t serve food cannot offer indoor service. The restrictions took effect July 24.

• Indiana: Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that he will extend stage 4.5 of the state’s reopening plan until Aug. 27. Under that stage, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen at 50 percent capacity, among other restrictions. Restaurants can operate at 75 percent capacity; retail stores, at full capacity. Hair salons, gyms, hotels, government offices and other professional businesses may reopen. Reopened businesses are required to implement a safety plan that ad-dresses sanitation and social distancing. Gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted, indoors and outdoors, provided that social distancing is practiced. Adult day care facilities can allow outdoor visits. Individuals 65 or older and other vulnerable populations are encouraged to remain cautious when at work or out in the community. Previously, Holcomb ordered people to 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 permitting more businesses to reopen on a limited basis. Casinos, amusement parks and bowling alleys were among the businesses most recently allowed to reopen with restrictions. Previously, Reynolds permitted movie theaters, museums, hair salons, barbershops, gyms, retail stores, massage parlors and other nonessential businesses to resume operations if safety precautions are taken. Reynolds also allowed restaurants to reopen with a customer limit and a requirement to space parties 6 feet apart. Farmers markets can also operate, but only food vendors are permitted to sell, and social distancing measures must be in place. The governor has permitted social gatherings of more than 10 people if social distancing measures are implemented.

• Kansas: Gov. Laura Kelly ordered anyone over age 5 to wear a mask in indoor public spaces, when using public transportation or when outside if a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained. 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: In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that as of July 27, bars must close for two weeks. Also, restaurants must reduce indoor dining to 25 percent capacity. There is no capacity limit for outdoor dining, but social distancing measures must be in place. Private gatherings, which had been capped at 50 people, are now capped at 10. Previously, Beshear said anyone over age 5 must wear a face covering while inside a public space, while using public transportation and when in outdoor settings in which social distancing cannot be maintained. Fitness centers, bowling alleys, retail stores and movie theaters can operate, with restrictions.

• Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards revised the restrictions of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. People age 8 and older must wear a mask in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, unless social distancing can be maintained. Parishes with a low rate of COVID-19 incidents can opt out of the mask mandate. Indoor social gatherings are capped at 50 people. Outdoor social gatherings of more than 50 people are permitted only if individuals from separate households can maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Edwards also closed bars for on-premises food and drink consumption but can remain open for pickup or delivery. Hair salons, gyms, theaters, churches, museums, restaurants, bars and breweries are among the businesses that can operate at 50 percent capacity. Amusement parks, concert halls and children’s indoor play centers are among businesses that must remain closed.

• Maine: Gov. Janet Mills modified a travel mandate that requires those visiting Maine who plan to stay in a lodging establishment to show a negative COVID-19 test or opt to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers from five states, including Vermont and New Hampshire, are exempt. Previously, Mills signed an executive order further loosening restrictions on businesses and permitting gatherings of up to 50 people. Nail salons, gyms and fitness centers can open in some counties. Face coverings are mandatory in public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Under a safer-at-home order, people over 60 are encouraged to limit interactions with those outside their household but aren’t required to stay at home. Campgrounds have been permitted to reopen with safety precautions. Hair salons, retail stores and restaurants can reopen with limits.

• Maryland: Gov. Larry Hogan expanded a mask mandate requiring people over age 5 to wear a face covering in the public spaces of all businesses or areas outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. The state is in Phase 2 of its reopening plan. Restaurants can offer in-dining services at 50 percent capacity, among other restrictions. Indoor gyms, fitness studios, personal care and professional businesses, outdoor amusements venues, malls and arcades are among businesses that can reopen with precautions in place.

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has ordered restaurants and similar food establishments to stop serving alcohol after 10 p.m. The order allows tanning salons, tattoo parlors and massage businesses to reopen.

• Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker announced that as of Aug. 1, travelers entering the state will be required 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. The state is in step 1 of phase 3 of its reopening plan. Movie theaters, museums and fitness centers can reopen with restrictions. Indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet or 25 people maximum. Outdoor gatherings in an enclosed space are limited to 25 percent of the space’s occupancy or 100 people maximum. Restaurants can continue indoor service but must space tables 6 feet apart, among other restrictions. Retail stores and close-contact businesses, such as nail and hair salons, can remain open but must follow precautions. Previously, Baker relaxed travel restrictions, no longer requiring travelers from seven nearby states to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Baker ordered everyone over age 2 to wear a face mask in public places, including grocery stores and taxis.

• Michigan: In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered bars in all regions to stop indoor service. The mandate applies to food establishments that earn more than 70 percent of their gross receipts from alcohol sales. Outside service is still permitted. Whitmer’s order also amended rules for social gatherings. Indoor gatherings are capped at 10 and outdoor gatherings are capped at 100 (for two regions, the cap on outdoor gatherings is 250).

Previously, Whitmer ordered people age 5 and older to wear a face covering when inside an enclosed business or public space and when outside in crowded spaces. People who cannot medically tolerate masks, who are eating or drinking, or who are exercising are among those exempt. Businesses open to the public must refuse service to people not wearing a mask.

For regions in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan, hair salons and other personal-care businesses can reopen with precautions in place. Retail stores and restaurants can also reopen, with restrictions. For regions in Phase 5, the reopening of businesses expands to gyms, indoor theaters and other places of public amusement.

• Minnesota: Gov. Tim Walz ordered people age 5 and up to wear a mask when inside public settings or outside where social distancing cannot be practiced. The order takes effect July 25. Under the state’s Safely Reopen plan, gyms, theaters, concert halls and museums can open up but must limit the number of visitors. Restaurants can resume indoor dining provided that they adhere to restrictions, including requiring reservations. Indoor gatherings will still be capped at 10 people, but outdoor gatherings of up to 25 participants will be permitted. Previously, he allowed personal-care businesses like hair and nail salons to reopen, with safety and sanitation practices in place. Walz also issued an order permitting weddings, funerals and worship services to resume, but people not in the same household must maintain a 6-foot distance, among other restrictions. Retail stores can allow a limited number of customers inside.

• Mississippi: Gov. Tate Reeves announced that he will issue an order requiring people over age 6 to wear a face covering in indoor public places or when outdoors whenever social distancing isn’t possible. Previously, he amended the group-gathering restrictions in his Safe Return order. Across the state, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, and outdoor gatherings to 20. Bars can serve alcohol only to seated patrons, among other restrictions. Some gatherings are exempt, such as those at religious organizations or students meeting in classrooms. The order remains in effect until Monday, Aug. 17, at 8 a.m.

People in certain counties are required to wear face coverings at public gatherings or in a shopping environment. Previously, Reeves allowed all businesses to reopen as long as restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Elderly and vulnerable individuals are encouraged, but not required, to stay at home.

• 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 announced that most regions of the state can move to phase 3 of the reopening plan on June 22. That means that restaurants and bars can operate at full capacity, but parties must be limited to eight people. Gyms, hair salons and similar businesses can operate at 75 percent capacity. Indoor gatherings of up to 50 percent occupancy are permitted but cannot exceed 10,000 people. Outdoor gatherings of up to 75 percent occupancy are allowed, up to 10,000 people.

For regions still under phase 2, movies theaters and bars can reopen at 50 percent capacity, with social distancing restrictions in place. Restaurants can resume in-person dining but must limit customers and seat parties at least 6 feet apart. Hair salons, tattoo parlors and similar personal-care businesses can reopen, limiting customers to 10 at a time.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who is experiencing symptoms must self-quarantine for 14 days. Ricketts also signed an order waiving the requirement that adults 72 or older must renew a driver’s license in person.

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• Nevada: Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that he is pausing the reopening plan, keeping the state in Phase 2 through July. Under that phase, residents are encouraged to stay at home, gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, and employees are encouraged to work remotely if possible. Restaurants are permitted to resume dine-in services, as long as they adhere to sanitation and social distancing guidelines. Bars and breweries can reopen, with restrictions. Retail stores can allow customers on-site in a limited capacity. Most other businesses can also reopen, with restrictions, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms and hair salons. Nightclubs and adult-entertainment facilities remain closed. Previously, Sisolak signed an order directing people over age 2 to 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 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 announced he is retightening restrictions on gatherings. Indoor gatherings, previously capped at 100 people, are now capped at 25 percent of the room’s capacity with a maximum of 25 people. Outdoor gatherings of up to 500 people are still allowed, though attendees must maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. Previously, Murphy signed an order allowing practices and competitions for high-contact sports, such as football, group dance and wrestling. The activities must take place outdoors, among other restrictions. He 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.

Murphy paused indoor dining at restaurants, which was set to resume July 2, but outdoor dining is allowed.

• New Mexico: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a limited reopening for certain businesses. Restaurants can resume indoor service at 50 percent capacity, and breweries can resume outdoor service, also at half capacity. Gyms, hair salons and other close-contact businesses may reopen with restrictions. Previously, the governor permitted retail stores to reopen at limited capacity and state parks to reopen for day use. Individuals are required to wear face masks in public except when eating, drinking or exercising. Lujan Grisham also ordered any out-of-state travelers arriving in New Mexico to self-quarantine for 14 days.

• New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended a pause on evictions for those who cannot pay rent due to a COVID-19 hardship. All regions are in phase 4 of a multiphase plan. Under this phase, 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. Restaurants can resume indoor service at 50 percent capacity (except in New York City, where only outdoor dining, pickup and delivery are allowed). Gyms and movie theaters are among businesses that remain closed. Social gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed.

Previously, Cuomo announced that travelers arriving in New York from states with high rates of COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days. He has mandated that anyone 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. He increased the fine for not following social distancing guidelines from $500 to $1,000.

• North Carolina: Gov. Roy Cooper signed an order extending Phase 2 of a safer-at-home plan until 5 p.m. on Sept. 11. Residents are encouraged to stay in and work from home as much as possible. Restaurants and retail stores can operate but must limit the number of customers, and restaurants, breweries, wineries and similar establishments will continue to be prohibited from serving alcohol after 11 p.m. Checkout lines and other high-traffic areas must mark off 6-foot increments of spacing. Hair salons and other personal-care businesses can reopen with restrictions. Gatherings of 25 or fewer people outdoors and 10 or fewer indoors are allowed if social distancing can be maintained. Entertainment and fitness venues, including bars and gyms, remain closed.

Previously, Cooper ordered people 11 and older to wear face coverings in public places where social distancing cannot be maintained. Visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities are restricted except in compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life circumstances.

• North Dakota: Gov. Doug Burgum signed an order encouraging people to follow the state’s Smart Restart plan. It recommends that restaurants, cafés and similar food establishments operate at 75 percent capacity. Hair salons and other personal-care businesses should operate with sanitation measures in place. Gyms and fitness centers that hold classes should follow social distancing practices.

• Ohio: Gov. Mike 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. Previously, at the direction of DeWine, the Department of Health ordered people statewide 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. Travelers from six states — California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York and Washington — must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Oklahoma. Some cities require people to wear a face covering when in public.

• Oregon: Due to an outbreak of COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown announced she is reinstating a stay-at-home order for Umatilla County. People should stay or work at home as much as possible. Restaurants are limited to delivery or takeout, and nonessential businesses such as gyms and hair salons must close. Essential businesses like gas stations and grocery stores can remain open.

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. For counties in Phase 2, additional businesses such as movie theaters, pools and bowling alleys can reopen with restrictions.

For all counties, social gatherings are capped at 10 people and cultural or faith-based gatherings at 25. Brown ordered people age 5 and older to wear face coverings in outdoor spaces where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained and in indoor public spaces.

• Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf announced new restrictions on the state’s phased reopening plan. All counties are in the green phase, but restaurants must now limit indoor dining to 25 percent capacity. Indoor gatherings are capped at 25 people, and outdoor gatherings, at 250 people. Gyms, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other close-contact businesses can reopen with restrictions. Previously, under Wolf’s direction, the Department of Health ordered individuals age 2 and older to wear a face covering in public places indoors and outdoors if a 6-foot distance from non-household members cannot be maintained. The governor announced that the tollbooths along the Pennsylvania Turnpike will stop taking cash.

• Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo outlined phase 3 guidance for the state, which began June 30. Restaurants can expand indoor dining 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 25 people or 50 people with a licensed caterer. Private outdoor social gatherings are limited to 50 people or 100 with a licensed caterer. Public mass outdoor gatherings are limited to 250 people. Public mass indoor gatherings are permitted to up to 1 person per 100 square feet with 6-foot spacing.

Previously, Raimondo ordered individuals over age 2 to wear a face covering in public spaces, whether indoors or outdoors. Face masks are also required when using taxis, ride-share vehicles or similar transportation services. Anyone arriving in Rhode Island from an area with a stay-at-home order still in effect must self-quarantine for 14 days.

• South Carolina: Gov. Henry McMaster issued an order that makes certain recommendations for restaurants and other businesses requirements. Restaurants must require patrons to wear a face covering when inside the establishment except when they are eating or drinking. Dine-in service at restaurants is limited to 50 percent capacity, tables must be spaced at least 6 feet apart, and guests cannot congregate in a bar area, among other restrictions. Entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, and other types of mass gatherings cannot exceed 50 percent occupancy or 250 people (whichever is smaller). Masks are required. Other nonessential businesses can reopen, and guidelines are recommended. Beaches are open, but McMaster has authorized local authorities to close or restrict public access points if it’s deemed 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 signed an order permitting contact sports to resume if safety measures are in place. Previously, under the direction of Lee, the state’s economic recovery group issued updated guidelines for businesses as they reopen. It recommends that restaurants space tables 6 feet apart and limit parties to 10 people, among other restrictions. Retail stores should limit customers, and gyms, hair salons, spas and similar close-contact businesses should implement strict social distancing and sanitation practices. Amusement parks, movie theaters and other large venues can also reopen but should separate people from different households or small groups by 6 feet and encourage customers to wear face masks, among other precautions. Previously, Lee issued an order permitting groups of up to 50 to gather. People not within the same household should practice social distancing.

The Metro Board of Health for Nashville and Davidson County ordered individuals in the region to wear masks in public. Gov. Lee has also given mayors in counties without a locally run health department permission to issue a face mask requirement.

• Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott ordered anyone 10 or older to 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. Abbott also amended a previous order on outdoor gatherings. Gatherings of more than 10 people are now prohibited in most circumstances unless local government officials approve them. Previously, Abbott banned elective surgeries at hospitals in four counties in order to preserve beds for coronavirus patients.

Abbott also signed an order to roll back parts of the state’s reopening plan. Under this directive, restaurants, which were previously allowed to offer dine-in service at 75 percent capacity, must scale back to 50 percent. Most other businesses can operate at 50 percent capacity. The occupancy limits don’t apply to worship services, government operations or youth camps. Hair salons, nail salons and other personal-care businesses don’t have an occupancy limit, but workstations must be spaced 6 feet apart. A number of counties have ordered businesses to require their employees to wear face masks.

• 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 ordered additional restrictions on the Hampton Roads area. Restaurants, breweries and similar establishments cannot sell alcohol after 10 p.m. and must limit service to 50 percent capacity, among other measures. Private or public gatherings are capped at 50 people in that area. Virginia is in phase three of its reopening plan. Outside the Hampton Roads area, 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 new limitations on gatherings under the state’s phased reopening plan. Wedding ceremonies are still allowed, but as of Aug. 6, occupancy must be limited to 20 percent capacity of the indoor space or 30 people (whichever is smaller), and receptions aren’t permitted.

For counties in phase 3, a cap on social gatherings has been reduced from 50 to 10 people. Restaurants must limit capacity to 50 percent and parties must be from the same household, among other restrictions. Theaters can operate at 25 percent capacity.

For counties in phase 2, social gatherings are limited to five people. Gyms and fitness centers can also permit only five people at a time, including staff. Restaurants can resume indoor dining services but must operate at 50 percent capacity. Hair and nail salons and housecleaning services can operate with restrictions; retail stores may allow customers inside in a limited capacity. Camping or other outdoor recreational get-togethers involving groups of five or fewer people are allowed.

In counties still in phase 1, social gatherings of any size are prohibited. Individuals 65 and older and other high-risk populations remain under a stay-at-home order. Permissible outdoor activities include golfing, hunting, fishing and daytime use of state parks, as long as social distancing practices are followed. Retail businesses can offer curbside pickup. Restaurants are limited to delivery or takeout service.

Previously, Inslee delayed phase 4 of the reopening plan. 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 ordered people age 9 and older to wear a face covering when in a confined indoor public space where social distancing cannot be maintained. Previously, he issued guidance for businesses as they reopen statewide. Restaurants and bars can open for indoor service with restrictions. Social gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted. Hair salons, gyms, museums and other businesses should follow safety and sanitation protocols. Private campgrounds and state park campgrounds could reopen as of June 10. Fairs, festivals, amusement parks and outdoor open-air concerts could resume with restrictions as of July 1.

• Wisconsin: Gov. Tony Evers issued a mask mandate, effective Aug. 1. Individuals ages 5 and older must wear a face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space (other than their private residence) when other people are present. When individuals are outdoors, masks are encouraged but not required. Previously, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state Department of Health Services’ safer-at-home order, issued under the direction of Evers. Evers 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, the state health officer modified an order about gatherings. As of July 1, gatherings of more than 50 people in a single, confined space are prohibited, inside or outside. Gatherings at hotels, livestock auctions, grocery stores and faith-based organizations are among establishments that are exempt. Also, certain gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed, such as outdoor concerts and sporting events, if social distancing can be maintained, among other requirements. Previously, under Gordon’s direction, the state public health officer allowed restaurants to resume indoor service if precautions are taken, such as adequately spacing tables and requiring staff to wear face masks. Hair salons and gyms have also reopened, with tight restrictions.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.

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