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Alabama

Alabama Department of Public Health - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

@ALPublicHealth

Burnestine Taylor, M.D. - 334-206-5100 Karen Landers, M.D. - 256-383-1231

Reopening Plan Released by the Small Business Emergency Task Force

Alabama's State of Emergency will end Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Twentieth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Under Alabama's "Safer at Home" order, issued May 11, 2020, non-work gatherings of all sizes are permitted if six feet of distance can be maintained between participants.

Alabama schools closed for the rest of year, instruction goes online

In early March 2021, Gov. Ivey announced she will let the state's mask mandate expire on April 9, 2021. On April 7, she issued the Safer Apart Order, which officially lifts the mandate.

Alaska

Alaska COVID-19 Information

@Alaska_DHSS

Alaska Section of Epidemiology (907) 269-8000

Alaskans continue to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by acting responsibly and following local, state, national, and industry guidelines on ways to conduct business and activities safely.

The state of emergency declaration expired on April 30, 2021. On May 1, 2021, Governor Dunleavy signed Alaska HB 76 into law, allowing the state to receive federal funding related to the pandemic through December 31, 2021. The Alaska Department of Health issued an order that gives the state eligibility for federal aid during an emergency.

Following the expiration of the state of emergency declaration on February 14, travelers coming in Alaska should be able to produce a negative test within 72 hours of arriving and be tested 5 to 14 days once in the state.

Currently, under Phase 3 of reopening, which began on May 22, 2020, large gatherings are permitted in Alaska with strict social-distancing and hygiene practices.

Extends the closure of all K-12 public schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year

Following the expiration of the state of emergency declaration, it is recommended that individuals wear face coverings in public settings.

Arizona

Arizona COVID-19 Response

@AZDHS

Hotline: 211

On 8/10/20 the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona. Arizona is currently in the substantial transmission phase. Upon this initial two-week review, ADHS advises keeping EO 2020-52 restrictions in place for the time being, but is providing metrics for industry leaders and businesses to understand when a general reopening could be considered. EO 2020-52 extends a pause on gyms, bars, movie theaters, water parks and tubing, and continues to prohibit large gatherings - for review every two weeks. EO 2020-43 initially Paused the reopening phase on 6/29. EO 2020-36 began AZ reopening on 5/18/20.

Arizona is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and it will be in such a state until the Arizona Department of Health and the Governor of Arizona jointly determine otherwise.

Rescinded by EO 2020-36 on May 12. Under the original order, EO 2020-24, a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine for those who recently traveled to NY, NJ, or CT.

On March 25, 2021, Gov. Ducey issues EO 2021-06, which allows for events of over 50 people without government approval.

On March 15, 2021 (or the first Monday after a school's spring break) schools are ordered to return to in-person learning when possible via EO 2021-04. The counties are broken up into four categories, following CDC guidelines. The four categories are Low, Moderate, Substantial, and High Transmission. For the purposes of EO 2021-04, Low and Moderate are treated the same.

  • For counties with Low or Moderate Transmission, all schools will open with in-person and virtual options for instruction. Distancing required as much as possible.
  • For counties with Substantial Transmission, all schools will open with in-person and virtual options for instruction. Distancing required as much as possible. Middle and High Schools may reduce their attendance and increase distancing if necessary.
  • For counties with High Transmission, elementary schools will open with in-person and virtual options for instruction. Distancing required as much as possible. Middle and High Schools will remain open if they're already open, but otherwise may continue with virtual learning.

On March 25, 2021, Gov. Ducey issued EO 2021, which lifts all mask mandates throughout Arizona.

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Health-COVID-19 Website

@ADHPIO

1-800-803-7847; after hours emergency number 501-661-2136

Arkansas has laid out its reopening plan for all different business sectors in the Arkansas business community.

Arkansas is not in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

There is currently no quarantine requirement for travelers entering Arkansas based on the location they traveled from. This includes both domestic and international travel.

Effective February 26th, 2021, the Directive for Indoor Venues is now guidance and events are not required to submit plans to ADH for review. However, events are strongly encouraged to continue to follow the Guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Arkansas, all in-person K-12 education has ceased until the Governor issues notice indicating otherwise.

Beginning March 31, 2021, Arkansas has no statewide mask mandate in place. However, Arkansas recommends that every person in Arkansas wear a face covering completely over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments, excluding private residences, where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings, excluding private residences, where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice physical distancing.

California

CA Department of Public Health-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

@CAPublicHealth

Dr. Sonia Angell, CDPH Director & State Health Officer

Gov. Newsom (D) announces "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" overhauling CA's reopening process. Counties will be placed in a color-coded tier system based upon COVID-19's prevalance in each county. Each color corresponds to how businesses may reopen and operate. Purple being the most restrictive, followed by Red, Orange, and Yellow as the least restrictive. Counties' color-placement is based upon 1. number of cases per 100,000 residents and percentage of positive COVID-19 cases. Counties must remain in each tier except purple for at least 21 days before being eligible to enter the next tier. (from 8/28)

Gov. Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader Spread of COVID-19

Urges persons arriving in CA to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

On June 15, 2021, California ended its county tier system and removed all capacity and physical distancing restrictions.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement on 2019-20 School Year Amid Current School Safety Cooncerns.

On February 16, 2021 California launched an interactive map that provides a snapshot of school reopenings throughout the state.

On June 15, 2021, California updated its mask mandate to be in-line with CDC guidance.

Colorado

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado

@CDPHE

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director CDPHE Deanna Herbert, Communications Manager - 303-691-7870

Effective March 7, 2021, Eighth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 allows counties to stay in their current level even if they slightly exceed the incidence rates for that level. If a county's incidence rate does not exceed 15% of the next-lowest level's requirements for more than 5 straight days, it may remain in its current level.

On February 23, 2021, Governor Polis extended the Dial 2.0 framework for an additional 30 days and clarified that the CDPHE may order counties in the Blue, Yellow, Orange and Red tiers to cease alcohol sales at a time before 2AM.

Governor Polis' multi-level plan for reopening Colorado incorporates a six-level dial with the colors green, blue, yellow, orange, red, and purple - each color signifying a greater health risk than the last. The DPHE determines when a county may move to a "lower" color, which allows them to reopen more businesses.

Colorado is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and it will be in such a state until June 12, 2021.

On June 1, the Colorado Department of Public Health ended all restrictions on large indoor gatherings.

Executive Order extending school closures was enacted in March. Recent executive orders allow for the facilitation of learning pods and added flexibility for children learning remotely. The provision for learning pods was most recently extended on February 2, 2021 for 30 days by Executive Order 2021-033.

On May 14, 2021, Governor Polis issued an Executive Order that removed the requirement for fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings. Individuals ages 11 and older are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear face coverings until they are fully vaccinated. This order was also echoed in a Colorado Department of Public Health order that was issued on May 31.

Connecticut

CT State Department of Health-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

@ctdph

Infectious Diseases - (860) 509-7995

Connecticut currently has a robust reopening plan in place and is in phase 3 of this plan.

Connecticut is currently in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 and will be in such a state until May 20, 2021.

Anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state other than NY, NJ, or RI, that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are recommended to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.

In Connecticut, beginning May 19, 2021, there are no outdoor mass gathering restrictions. However, private gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people indoors.

In Connecticut, there are currently minimal operating restrictions on K-12 schools, and schools are open for in-person education. All school-related sporting events, practices, and competitions are allowed.

In Connecticut, generally, any person in a public place in Connecticut, whether indoors or outdoors, who is not six feet from every other person must wear a face covering. Face coverings must also be worn while in public transportation or publicly available private transportation or within any semi-enclosed transit stop. Additionally, there are a number of exceptions to the class of persons generally required to wear a mask (those younger than 2 years old, et cetera).

Irrespective of the above, however, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks in most indoor public settings. Fully vaccinated individuals must wear masks while on public transportation, at places where medical care is offered, and at public transportation hubs (bus stations and airports).

Delaware

Delaware Division of Public Health

@Delaware_DHSS

Division Leadership Contact Information

Governor Carney Announces Phase 2 of Delaware’s Economic Reopening to Begin on June 15

With the Fifth Revision to the Twenty-Seventh Modification of the Declaration of the State of Emergency, Governor Carney extended the state-of-emergency indefinitely.

Included in this order's provisions:

Residents are strongly advised not to leave their homes except when necessary.

Restaurants must place signs in dining areas saying only members of the same household may sit at one table, with a maximum of six people (only four adults) at a table. Fifth revision strikes provision ordering restaurants to close between 10PM - 5AM.

Requires youth sports events to operate at no more than 30% of the current maximum fire occupancy limits.

Any individual who enters Delaware from another state, and who is not merely passing through, must immediately self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days from the time of entry into Delaware or for the duration of the individual’s presence in Delaware, whichever period is shorter. This self-quarantine requirement shall not apply to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers, or any other individual providing assistance to an Essential Business or providing an emergency service related to COVID-19. This self-quarantine requirement shall not apply to individuals commuting into Delaware to work for a business deemed essential or otherwise open for business or to perform Minimum Business Operations as permitted by the Fifth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency. Individuals traveling to Delaware to work for a business deemed essential or otherwise open for business but who could otherwise work from home, are strongly encouraged to work from home.

Currently, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people or 50% of a building's capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 150 people. Outdoor gatherings larger than 150 people require approval from the Division of Public Health.

Religious and political gatherings are limited to the lesser of 30% of a venue’s capacity or 50 people.

In a letter to school leaders, educators and parents on Tuesday, Governor John Carney, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) urged Delaware schools to return to hybrid instruction – a mix of remote and in-person learning – on Monday, January 11. Governor Carney signed Tuesday’s letter with Dr. Karyl Rattay, the Director of Public Health, and Dr. Susan Bunting, the Secretary of Education. The letter urges schools to return to full hybrid instruction on Monday and to prioritize younger and more vulnerable students for in-person learning if operational challenges continue.

In Delaware, generally, every individual must wear a face-covering when in public. Further, all children who are in kindergarten or older must wear face coverings in public settings, including school buildings, according to the updated DPH guidance. All children 2 years of age and older are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in public. Children younger than 2 must not wear face coverings due to suffocation risk. A child with a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents the child from wearing a face-covering is not required to wear one.

Irrespective of the above, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings.

Florida

Florida COVID-19 Response

@HealthyFla

COVID-19 Call Center; phone 1-866-779-6121; email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

Phase 3 of "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step." recovery plan is the complete reopening of business and restaurants statewide without restrictions, beginning Sept. 25.

Florida is currently in a State of Emergency, and it will be in such a state until June 26, 2021.

All restrictions on travelers were lifted by E.O. 192.

Currently, there are no restrictions on crowd size or mass gathering limitations under Phase 3, beginning Sept. 25, 2020.

All schools to remain open for in-person instruction for the duration of the 2020-21 school year, and school districts required to offer full panoply of services. Parents authorized to choose virtual learning options for children.

No requirements. Under Phase 3, mask requirements are rescinded.

Georgia

GA Department of Public Health-Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

@GaDPH

1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) New COVID hotline: (844) 442-2681

Georgia Beginning To Reopen Its Economy, Lifting Some Coronavirus-Crisis Limits

Georgia's state of emergency was initially declared on March 14, 2020 (Executive Order 03.14.20.01) and has been renewed every 30 days since, most recently by Executive Order 01.29.21.01.

Travel guidelines.

Effective April 8, 2021, there is no longer a ban on gatherings, after the signing of EO 03.31.21.03.

Closing public elementary and secondary schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to stop the spread of COVID-19

All Georgia residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their home or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. Local governments are allowed to require face coverings, with limitations.

Hawaii

New, Dedicated COVID-19 website

@HIgov_Health

Hawaii Department of Health, Disease Outbreak Control Division at (808) 586-4586.

Hawai'i will be ending its color-coded reopening plan, as announced in April 2021. A new proclamation will soon be issued with new guidances and mandates. As of now, counties are to make their own rules for reopening.

Hawaii is currently in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and it shall be in such a state until June 8, 2021.

Currently, there is a mandatory 10-day quarantine period for travelers entering Hawaii from another state, but not for those individuals traveling between counties in Hawaii.

However, fully vaccinated residents traveling from another State are exempt from quarantine requirements. Under the policy, out-of-state travelers are exempt 15 days after receiving their last COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Gathering restrictions vary by county (island).

Maui County: reduced the size of indoor or outdoor social gatherings from 10 people to 5 people. From Dec. 30, 2020.

Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan is the Department's specific response to the impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic on our schools. It articulates the scope of work required to respond to health and safety issues while implementing the Hawaiʻi State Board of Education's call to action for our school communities to give hope, act with kindness and work toward togetherness in preparing to reopen schools. The Hawai‘i Department of Health also issued a comprehensive, 28-page guidance document for all schools to ensure the education of Hawaiʻi’s youth during the pandemic continues with minimal disruption and risk to students, teachers and staff.

In Hawaii, all individuals must wear a cloth face mask whenever in indoor public places. However, as of May 25, 2021, there is no mask mandate for when individuals are outdoors.

Idaho

Idaho Official Resources for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

@IDHW

Bureau of Communicable Disease Prevention, Epidemiology Section (208) 334-5939

Idaho has a four-phase reopening plan, and Idaho is currently in stage 4 of that plan. Under stage 4, there is no suggested limit on gathering sizes. Further, the beginning of stage 4 commences the lifting of all seating-only restrictions on restaurants and bars.

Idaho is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

Idaho has no COVID-19 travel restrictions in place.

In Idaho, there is no statewide prohibition on gatherings of any size, nor is there a statewide, state-instituted suggestion for gatherings size.

K-12 schools in Idaho may re-open and operate various school-adjacent extracurricular activities.

Although currently there is no general, statewide mask mandate across Idaho. Nevertheless, use of face coverings by the general public is strongly recommended, and face coverings are mandatory in a number of sector-specific settings. Further, employers should identify how personal use items such as masks, face coverings, and gloves may be required by employees, vendors, and patrons.

Illinois

IL Department of Public Health

Twitter: @IDHW

Illinois Key Contacts

Illinois has a 5-Phase (with a Bridge Phase between phases 4 and 5) reopening plan. All regions in Illinois are currently in the Phase 5.

The Bridge Phase offers Illinois a bridge between the state's current Phase 4 restrictions and the "new normal" operations of Phase 5. This "Bridge Phase" will serve as a transition period with higher capacity limits and increased business operations, without prematurely embracing a reckless reopening before the majority of Illinoisans have been vaccinated. All regions of the state will move through the Bridge Phase, and ultimately to Phase 5, together.

Illinois is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and Illinois will be in such a state until May 30, 2021.

Illinois does not restrict the travel of persons within the State (or those outside it). Nevertheless, Illinois has issued travel safety guidance that makes a number of recommendations to those persons who choose to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, it appears that Illinois travel restrictions set forth in Executive Order 2020-32 are no longer applicable (as superseded by Executive Order 2020-38). Executive order 2020-38 notes that "[n]othing in this Executive Order shall be construed as an exercise of any authority to order any quarantine, isolation, or closure. "

In Illinois, in Phase 5, there are no restrictions on mass gatherings.

Through February 6, 2021, all public and nonpublic schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students may open for in-person learning after the regular 2019-2020 school term. All schools must follow IDPH and ISBE health guidelines, including but not limited to: using PPE, temperature checks, hygienic practices, social distancing, and limiting people to 50 or fewer in one space.

In Illinois, there is no statewide mask mandate.

Indiana

Indiana DOH 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Twitter: @StateHealthIN

ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov

Roadmap to Reopen Indiana for Hoosiers, Businesses, and State Government. E.O. 20-42 extends Stage 4.5 of reopening until September 25.

Indiana is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 and will be in such a state until May 31, 2021.

Indiana has instituted no travel restrictions. However, Indiana does recommend that persons whom have traveled internationally before arriving in Indiana self-quarantine for 14 days.

In Indiana, there are a number of restrictions on large venues, social gatherings, and events based on the color-code of the county:

  • Red counties (0 of 92) may allow no more than 25 individuals per gathering;

  • Orange counties (0 of 92) may allow no more than 50 individuals per gathering;

  • Yellow counties (41 of 92) may allow no more than 100 individuals per gathering; and,

  • Blue counties (51 of 92) may allow no more than 250 individuals per gathering.

In Indiana, all K-12 schools may operate in-person instruction. All persons in K-12 schools must wear face coverings while on school grounds or in school-sponsored modes of transportation. All extracurricular activities must adhere to gathering restrictions based on the color-code of the county in which the extracurricular activity is located:

  • Red counties (4 of 92) may allow no more than 25 individuals per activity;

  • Orange counties (59 of 92) may allow no more than 50 individuals per activity;

  • Yellow counties (29 of 92) may allow no more than 100 individuals per activity; and,

  • Blue counties (0 of 92) may allow no more than 250 individuals per activity.

Currently, Indiana does not have a statewide mask mandate in effect. However, the state recommends that all Hoosiers wear a face covering when indoors any non-residential building (excluding private offices, private workspaces, or meetings in which social distancing is practicable), in an outdoor space when social distancing is not practicable, or while using public transportation or publicly-available private transportation. However, there are a number of exceptions to the class generally required to wear face coverings.

Iowa

IA Department of Public Health-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

@IAPublicHealth

Iowa COVID Hotline at 1-800-244-7431 or Iowa 2-1-1

The 7/24 proclamation extends public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments. This includes the requirements for bars and restaurants to ensure six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking; to ensure all patrons have a seat at a table or bar; and to limit congregating together closer than six feet. Requirements for social distancing, hygiene, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission also remain in place for gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, and other establishments without change.

The Jan. 7, 2021 Proclimation exends the state of emergency until Saturday, February 6th, 2021: Continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn.

Most recently renewed by Gov. on April 30 for 30 days.

Recomended only: Urged Iowans returning from out-of-state to self-quarantine for 14-days.

Currently, there are no limits on gathering sizes in Iowa if proper social distancing measures are in place.

1/29/21: Gov. Kim Reynolds signed S.F. 160, giving Iowa parents the option to send their kids back to school full time. 7/24 Proclimation continues to permit schools to operate primarily by remote-learning in the fall only in certain circumstances. Proclimation 7/17 directs all state agencies, school districts, and local governments to focus on preparing to safely welcome back students and teachers to school in-person in the fall. It also provides clarity for when a school may move to primarily remote learningIowa schools closed through end of academic year as of 4/17/20.

Currently, Iowa is not under a stateside mask mandate. Additionally, on May 20, 2021, Iowa enacted a law prohibiting public schools, cities, and counties from issuing mask mandates.

On Feb. 7, 2021, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency lifted the statewide mask mandate, which had been in place since Nov. 2020. The now lifted mandate had required Iowans to to wear masks when people are in an indoor public space and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer. Businesses are still encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for distancing and sanitation.

Kansas

Kansas Department of Health and Environment - Coronavirus

@KDHE

Division of Public Health (785) 296-1086. Phone bank: 1-866-534-3463. COVID-19@ks.gov

On May 26, 2020, the Governor of Kansas relinquished control of business reopening plans to local governments.

Kansas is not in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

Generally, Kansas recommends a 14-day quarantine for anyone that has traveled to or attended certain locations and events. Those who have traveled to the following locations need to quarantine upon arrival in Kansas. The length of quarantine varies depending on whether you have been tested for COVID-19. This applies to both Kansas residents and those visiting Kansas:

  • Traveled on or after April 8 to Connecticut or Pennsylvania.
  • Traveled on or after April 8 to Andorra, Bermuda, Curacao, Poland, Siberia, or Uruguay.
  • Traveled on or after March 26 to Delaware, Michigan, or Rhode Island.
  • Traveled on or after March 26 to Hungary or Jordan.
  • Traveled between Feb. 26 to April 8 to the countries of Mayotte, Czechia, San Marino, Montenegro or Seychelles.
  • Traveled to New York or New Jersey on or after March 12.
  • Traveled to Estonia or Palestine on or after March 12.
  • Attended/traveled to mass gathering events out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear masks..
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15, 2020. Others needing to continue quarantining:
  • Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

Further, vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 6 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

Currently, there are no statewide mass gathering restrictions in Kansas.

Currently, there are no mandates from Kansas prohibiting the re-opening of schools.

Currently, Kansas no longer has a statewide mask mandate in effect. As such, any person in Kansas must wear a face covering: inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; when obtaining services from the healthcare sector; while waiting for a ride on or riding in public transportation or a private transportation service open to the general public; or, when outside where social distancing is not practicable.

Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Public Health's website which provides KY Health Alerts for Coronavirus COVID-19.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Twitter: @CHFSKy

Communications Director Crystal Staley ((502) 545-3714 or (502) 564-2611) or Deputy Communications Director Sebastian Kitchen ((502) 330-0799 or (502) 564-2611)

The Healthy At Work Initiative includes timeline of dates for businesses re-opening and guidance documents. Many of the documents are tailored for specific business sectors.

Kentucky has declared a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In so doing, this order deploys the National Guard, and directs a number of executive agencies to re-direct their resources and manpower to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of May 22, 2020, there are no travel restrictions on residents of Kentucky or out-of-state residents.

Kentucky has no mass gatherings restrictions in place. Per a United States District Court's ruling, Kentucky's previous mass gatherings restrictions were unconstitutional. The constitutionality of Kentucky's gathering restrictions is currently on appeal in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gov. Beshear signed HB 208, requiring public schools to offer at least two days of in-person instruction each week starting March 29. The bill passed 28-8 in the state Senate on March 3, and the House approved the Senate’s version 81-15 on March 4. Parents can still keep their children in fully remote learning.

Beginning March 1, 2021, all school districts in Kentucky are encouraged to provide some form of in-person instruction. Kentucky has provided guidance for those schools that remain with exclusively online instruction and provided guidance in the instance those schools choose to provide in-person education. First, all public schools must comply with the Kentucky Department of Education's "Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools." Second, all schools in Red Zones should delay in-person instruction until further notice. Third, all schools should follow the COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 education. Fourth, meaningful virtual alternatives to school must be made available. Fifth, all schools in Orange or Red Zone Counties that have in-person instruction must accommodate high-risk employees until final doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available. Finally, as of March 2, 2021, all large indoor educational venues may operate at up to 60% capacity.

Kentucky has no statewide mask mandate in place.

Louisiana

Louisiana Office of Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

@LADeptHealth

Coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 or Louisiana 211

On March 2, 2021, Governor Edwards (announced)[https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2987] Louisiana will move to Phase 3 of the reopening plan.

Under Phase 3, the state's mask mandate is still in place. Most businesses, including restaurants and personal care services, will be able to operate at 75% capacity. Indoor events will be limited to 50% or 250 people.

Phase 2 of LA's emergency order implements a stay-at-home order for high risk individuals. It limits nonessential businesses: prohibiting amusement parks and playcenters, significantly restricting indoor bar operations, and requiring most businesses and venues to operate at no more than 25% capacity.

Effective January 13, 2021, Phase 2 was extended until February 10.

Most recently extended on April 28, 2021 until May 26

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Currently, crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than a maximum of 500 people in any single indoor space at the same time. Crowd sizes are limited to no more than 50% capacity as set by the State Fire Marshal any single outdoor space where individuals will be in close proximity to one another and unable to maintain strict social distancing of six feet apart from individuals who are not immediate household members. This crowd size limitation shall not apply to those businesses deemed essential as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or religious services held by churches and other faith-based organizations. All fairs and festivals shall submit a plan for approval to the State Fire Marshal.

Plan for reopening schools in fall 2020. Includes health guidelines and best practices for operation of schools.

Louisiana has no statewide mask mandate in place. Although masks are no longer required by the state, government agencies as well as schools and hospitals may still create their own internal mandates.

Maine

Novel Coronavirus 2019 – (COVID‑19) – Updates and Information

@mepublichealth

Maine CDC (1-800 821-5821) or 211

Restarting Maine's Economy

Governor Mills declared a state of emergency on March 15, 2020. It has been renewed multiple times and will expire for the last time on June 30, 2021.

As of May 1, 2021, Maine moved to an "all states exempt unless specified" model. This means that travelers coming to or returning to Maine are not required to quarantine or show proof of a negative test unless coming from a non-exempt state.

Starting May 24, indoor and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 100 percent.

Governor Mills recommended schools close under the Proclamation of Civil Emergency issued March 15. Governor Mills' Stay at Home Order (EO 28) required schools to close. EO 49 extended this order through 5/31.

As of May 24, Mainers are no longer required to wear a mask most public settings. Masks are still required at schools and childcare settings.

Maryland

MD DOH Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

@MDHealthDept

Maryland 2-1-1, 410-767-6500

Four phase plan to recovery.

Maryland is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and has been in such a state since March 5, 2020.

The Maryland Department of Health currently has no travel restriction in place.

There are currently no mandatory mass gathering restrictions in Maryland. However, the Maryland Department of Health recommends that all Marylanders should refrain from attending either public or private indoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals at one location and should practice physical distancing to the extent possible.

Currently, Maryland schools and nonpublic schools are encouraged to re-open for in-person learning. Because the State Department of Education is taking a phased, system-specific approach to re-opening schools, many school systems are open for in-person learning while many are not.

On Jan. 21, 2021, Gov. Hogan said school districts that don’t reopen to in-person instruction by March 1 could face legal action. Hogan did not specify in what form that legal action could take but said he would explore his options.

In Maryland, there is no longer a blanket, statewide mask mandate. Nevertheless, Maryland requires all persons to wear face coverings in schools, hospitals, and open public transportation.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Information on the Outbreakof Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

@MassDPH

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - 617-983-6800 or 211

On Feb. 25, 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration announced its plan to move to Step 2 of Phase 3 on March 1. It also plans to reach Step 1 of Phase 4 by March 22.

At Phase 3, Step 2, the following restrictions will apply (3/1/21):

-Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity with no more than 500 persons

-Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses) will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity

-Capacity limits across all sectors with capacity limits will be raised to 50% and exclude employees

-Restaurants will no longer have a percent capacity limit and will be permitted to host musical performances; six-foot social distancing, limits of six people per table and 90 minute limits remain in place

At Phase 4, Step 1, the following restrictions will apply (3/22/21):

-Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks will be allowed to operate at 12% capacity after submitting a plan to the Dept of Public Health.

-Gathering limits for venues or other public settings will increase to 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors. For private residences, the limit will remain at 25 people outdoors, 10 people indoors.

-Exhibition and conventions halls may resume operation as long as they follow the gathering limits and other state protocols.

Currently, Massachusetts is not in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

Effective 11/28, every state but Hawaii is considered high risk for travel. Effective Saturday, 11/14, Massachusetts is requiring that people arriving in the state from New York and Washington State, as well as the nation's capitol, stay in quarantine. Under Massachusetts' travel order, these areas join all but four states across the nation considered to be a higher risk for travel. Effective Aug. 1 requiring all visitors and residents returning to the state from high-risk areas, including students, to quarantine for 14 days or produce a recent negative COVID-19 test result. The fine for violating the order is $500 a day. Beginning July 1, 2020 all travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. All persons are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Starting May 29, there are no capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

School Closure Order through end of the 2020 school year.

On Jan. 8, Gov. Baker announced a pooled testing initiative that will begin next month for school districts providing in-person and hybrid learning. The initiative will involve analyzing batches of COVID-19 test samples from individual schools on a weekly basis. If COVID-19 is not detected in the batch, then everyone in the school is presumed to be negative for the virus.

June 25, 2020: Require districts and schools to prepare a reopening plans for 2021. See individual district plans here: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/district-reopening-models.xlsx

Starting May 29, there is no statewide mask mandate.

Michigan

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services General Information: 517-241-3740; COVID Hotline 1-888-535-6136; Email COVID19@michigan.gov

MI Safe Start: A Plan to Re-engage Michigan's Economy

Currently, Michigan is not under a state of emergency. The declaration of state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic (EO 2020-186) was rescinded by the Michigan Supreme Court on October 2, 2020.

NONE – previously a ban on intra-state travel to vacation residences, which has been lifted.

Currently, there are no longer any capacity limits for indoor and outdoor residential gatherings.

As of November 18, gatherings at public, nonpublic, and boarding schools for the purpose of conducting in-person instruction, sports, and extracurricular activities serving pupils in grades 9 through 12 are prohibited, except for in-person instruction of pupils who are English Language Learners or participants in special education services. Suspension of in-person K-12 instruction for the remainder of 2019-2020 school year. Originally closed under EO 2020-5 temporarily and for the entire school year by EO 2020-35, which was replaced by 2020 EO 65. EO 2020-65 was rescended as of 10/13/20.

Currently, there will be no statewide mask mandate. Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 required people to wear face coverings when participating in gatherings. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. As of May 6, masks are not required for outdoor gatherings up to 100 people. As of May 15, fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks indoors.

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Update

@mnhealth

651-297-1304

Continuing to Safely Reopen Minnesota’s Economy and Ensure Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency (5/27)

On June 14, 2021, Executive Order 21-24 was issued extending the Peacetime Emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 through July 14, 2021.

EO 20-103 deletes the recommended 14 day quarantine provision, and replaces it by encouraging persons arriving in Minnesota from other states or countries, including returning Minnesota residents to follow the recommendations in MDH’s Quarantine Guidance.

EO 20-99 recommends quarantining for 14 days when arriving in the state.

On May 28, Minnesota lifted all Covid-19 restrictions in accordance with CDC guidance.

On January 18, 2021, Minnesota released guidance for the 2020-2021 school year detailing the transition from remote to in-person learning.

On February 17, 2021, an updated version of the plan was released that stated public middle and high schools will be able to choose between hybrid or in-person learning starting on February 22 provided they can implement certain mitigation strategies.

On March 15, EO 21-11 allows institutions of higher education to resume offering in-person classes.

On May 14, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 21-23 which removed the requirement the statewide mask requirement, however, individuals who have not yet been fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear face coverings until they are fully vaccinated. The mask mandate remains in place for schools remains in place in accordance with the Safe Learning Plan through the end of the 2020-2021 school year or until June 13, 2021 for schools that operate year round.

Mississippi

Mississippi State Department of Health - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

@msdh

MSPH Central Office Phone (8am - 5pm): 601-576-7400, Toll free: 1-866-458-4958

Governor Reeves Announces Commission for Economic Recovery

MS Governor declares State of Emergency (3/14)

All Travel May Resume on 06/01. CDC guidelines followed while minimizing non essential travel. Extends Safe Return Order until July 20.

Effective April 30 all mass gathering restrictions are lifted.

Schools may reopen to offer summer school activities, special ed programs, individual tutoring, etc. Extends Safe Return order until July 20.

Masks are not required effective March 3, 2021, however residents are encouraged to wear face coverings and take other COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Missouri

Missouri Department of Health and Human Services - Coronavirus

@HealthyLivingMo

Hotline: 877-435-8411

Currently, Missouri is in phase 2 of re-opening. As such, all sector-specific restrictions on businesses operating have ceased.

Currently, Missouri has no travel restrictions in place.

Currently, Missouri has no mass gathering restrictions in place.

Currently, there are no statewide school closures in Missouri due to COVID-19.

Currently, Missouri has no statewide mask mandate in place.

Montana

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

@MTDPHHS

DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program at (406) 444-0273. Information hotline at 1-888-333-0461 covid19info@mt.gov

There are no mandatory restrictions on the operation of businesses or on the organization of gatherings in Montana.

Montana is in a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

Montana has no traveling restrictions in place.

Montana has no mandatory restrictions in place for mass gatherings. However, Montana does recommend that "public gatherings or events [be] managed in a way that accommodates CDC social distancing guidelines."

There are no sector-specific requirements on the operation of schools in Montana.

Currently, there is no statewide mask mandate in Montana. Previously, a stateside mask mandate was in place from July 2020 until Feb. 12, 2021.

Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

@NEDHHS

Main DHHS Switchboard: (402) 471-3121

Regional Phased reopening plan through Direct Health Measures

Nebraska is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 and into the foreseeable future and until COVID-19 no longer poses a threat to the residents of Nebraska. Allows regulatory provisions of state law to be suspended to aid the state’s response.

Although there are no general Nebraska-wide prohibitions on travel for the general public, all executive branch state agencies are to suspend all out-of-state travel until the end of Nebraska's state of emergency. Department of Health and Human Services recommends self-quarantine of 14 days for those entering the state

Currently, in the Green phase, gatherings (any event that brings together more than 10 people) at outdoor or indoor events can resume at full capacity. Social distancing is recommended but not required.

Currently, there are no required closures for K-12 schools in Nebraska. All K-12 schools may open for in-person instruction. Although all Nebraska K-12 schools were directed to close through May 31, 2020, Nebraska has launched a "Return to Schools Roadmap." (https://www.launchne.com/) That roadmap provides a number of procedures public school systems in Nebraska should follow to re-open schools on a community-by-community basis.

Nebraska has yet to issue a state-wide mask mandate. Masks are recommended, rather than required, for establishments such as childcare centers, salons, barber shops, massage therapists, and body art studios.

Nevada

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

@dhhsnevada

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH): (775)-684-5911

Guidelines and Protocols for Individuals and Businesses in Phase 2 (5/28)

Governor Sisolak Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Governor Sisolak adjusts travel advisory for Nevada as the State enters Phase 2

On May 1 counties began implementing their own mitigation measures. 11 of 16 counties do not have any restrictions on private gatherings, 4 of 16 counties are following CDC and state guidance for private gatherings, and 1 of 16 counties is allowing private gatherings of up 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

On February 18, 2021, Governor Sisolak announced that schools may begin increasing their occupancy to 75% or 250 people with social distancing and mask requirements in place for schools that are engaging in in-person learning; student capacity on school buses can increase to 66% with social distancing and mask requirements; and that full-contact high school sports regulated by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association can resume practices and games.

Beginning May 1, the state will no longer require mitigation measures in school such as social distancing and hygiene considerations. However, counties, school districts, and charter schools may adopt their own mitigation measures as part of their Covid-19 mitigation plans.

On May 1 counties were able to impose their own mitigation measures. In 15 of 16 counties masks are still required in accordance with Emergency Directive 024. 1 of 16 counties has made it unclear if it will continue to follow Emergency Directive 024 and will not be issuing its own mask mandate.

On May 3, Governor Sisolak issued Emergency Directive 045 which requires Nevadans to follow CDC guidance for face coverings. Currently, CDC guidance encourages non-vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings and fully vaccinated individuals have been advised that they do not have to wear face coverings.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

@NH_HSEM

To report suspected cases contact the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at # 603-271-4496, (603-271-5300 for after hours), or nhbidc@dhhs.nhs.gov

Currently, New Hampshire follows the recently promulgated "Universal Best Practices" plan for re-opening. This plan lays out general COVID-19 guidance for all sectors of New Hampshire commerce.

GOFERR Task Force Website is Up and Running. Additional Phase 2 reopening will take place on 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/28, and 6/29.

Currently, New Hampshire is no longer under a State of Emergency. The last emergency declaration extension expired on June 11, 2021.

The two week self-quarantine has been lifted for those traveling to New Hampshire from surrounding New England States (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island). Those traveling to New Hampshire from non-New England states for an extended period of time are still asked to self-quarantine for a two-week period. All visitors and travelers need to fill out the travel guidance form. (In effect 11/15/20-1/15/21)

Since Emergency Order #16 expired on June 15, 2020, there has been no capacity limits for gatherings in New Hampshire.

Effective March 8, 2021, schools in New Hampshire will be required to offer at least two days per week of in-person instruction per Emergency Order #85. A school may continue to use distance learning if necessary to avoid COVID-19 infections (the state must approve this).

Gov. Sununu announced that the mask mandate has been lifted effective April 16, 2021.

New Jersey

COVID-19 Information Hub

@NJDeptofHealth

Gary Ludwig Service Director Communicable Disease Service Phone: (609) 826-5964

Governor Murphy Unveils Multi-Stage Approach to Execute a Responsible and Strategic Restart of New Jersey’s Economy

Currently, New Jersey is not in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19. New Jersey officially ended the COVID-19 emergency on June 4, 2021.

New Jersey, beginning May 18, 2021, has no pandemic-related travel restrictions nor does it have any pandemic-related quarantine requirements.

Currently, there is no capacity limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Currently, K-12 schools in New Jersey may re-open provided they obtain to social distancing and hygiene-related restrictions.

In most cases, individuals in New Jersey are not required to wear face coverings. Masks are generally required, however, in health care facilities, jails, schools, child care centers, and public transportation networks. Further, businesses may continue to require customers and employees to wear face coverings. No social distancing is required.

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Health

@NMDOH

Reporting & Surveilance Hotline for New Mexico Department of Health 505-827-0006, David Morgan PR Contact (o)575-528-5197 (c)575-649-0754. Coronavirus Hotline # 1-855-600-3453.

When 60% of NM's population is fully vaccinated, the state will discard the red-to-green reopening framework and fully reopen. The Governor expects the state to reach this threshold by the end of June 2021.

If a county is in the Green level for two weeks, it advances to Turquoise (now the highest tier).

In Turquoise counties, gatherings of more than 150 people are prohibited.

Capacity limits as follows:

Retailers: 75% indoors, 100% outdoors

Houses of worship: 75% indoors

Large entertainment venues: 33% indoors, 75% outdoors

Recreational facilities: 50% indoors, 75% outdoors

Bars and clubs: 33% indoors, 75% outdoors

Restaurants: 75% indoors or outdoors

Places of lodging: 100% if have completed NM Safe Certified training, 50% if not

Any other business: 75% indoors, 100% outdoors

Public Health Emergency Declared 3/11/2020. (Extended Until at least June 25th with Executive Order 2021-023.)

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 27 issued an executive order requiring air travelers to New Mexico to self-isolate for at least 14 days to help combat the spread of COVID-19. On 7/1 she issued Executive Order 20-54 directing all persons except for various workers including healthcare, emergency workers, military, and federal employees to self-quarantine for 14 days regardless of how they came into the state. On 9/16 She issued Executive Order 20-72 which got rid of the ability for people to have a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of coming into the state instead of self-quarantining for 14 days.

New Mexico instituted a county-by-county color-coded reopening plan in early Dec. 2020 an added the low risk "turquoise" designation in late Feb. 2021. As of June 2, 2021 there are:

  • 0 of 33 counties in the Red (Very High Risk) Level, gatherings are limited to 5 persons, 40 vehicles.
  • 0 of 33 counties in the Yellow (High Risk) Level, gatherings are limited to 10 persons; 80 vehicles.
  • 0 of 33 counties in the Green (Medium Risk) Level, gatherings are limited to 20 persons, 120 vehicles.
  • 33 of 33 counties in the Turquoise (Low Risk) Level, gatherings are limited to 150 persons, 200 vehicles.

Schools closed for the rest of the academic year

On May 14, the New Mexico Department of Health adopted CDC guidance regarding face coverings. Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask in indoor or outdoor settings. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks until they are fully vaccinated.

New York

NY Department of Health-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Twitter: @NYSDOH

Novel Coronavirus Hotline for NY DoH 1-888-364-3065

Deatiled Guidance of the Reopening Plan For New York

New York is currently in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 and will be in such a state until May 27, 2021.

In New York, domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine or test out within 90 days of full vaccination. Generally, however, travelers must be tested for COVID-19 within three days prior to landing in New York, quarantine for at least three days upon arrival, and get a test on day four of arrival. If travelers receive a negative test on day four of quarantine they may exit quarantine when they receive negative result. States that are contiguous with New York continue to be exempted from quarantine protocol — essential workers also continue to be exempted. Travelers who were only out of state for less than 24 hours do not need to quarantine but must get a test on day four of arrival back in NY. All travelers covered by the advisory must continue to fill out traveler health form upon arrival into New York State

New York has lifted several restrictions on gatherings in many areas in New York State. Specifically, those areas no longer under so-called yellow zone restriction include portions of central and western New York and the southern border. Yellow zones remain in two areas of the Bronx, one in Queens, one in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and one in Newburgh on the Hudson River, Cuomo said. In those spots, nonresidential gatherings are restricted to 500 people, residential gatherings are limited to 50, houses of worship can operate at 50% capacity and indoor and outdoor dining are restricted.

New York's Department of Health has had the authority to impose specific health restrictions based upon clusters of COVID-19 cases in an area. Yet, generally, nonresidential-social gatherings can take place with a maximum of 250 people, while indoors residential gatherings are limited to 50 people, and outdoors residential gatherings may reach up to 500 attendees.

Commercial social events can exceed the 500-person outdoor and 250-person indoor limits if everyone has proof of vaccination or a recent negative test and social distancing is possible. The state lifts its mask mandate for vaccinated people, aligning with CDC guidance.

Intial Executive Order directed schools to remain closed from March 18 through April 1. Governor Cuomo announced in May that schools are to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. No In-Class Teaching for Summer School. E.O. issued on June 5 permits in-person special education services and instruction required under Federal, state or local laws, rules, or regulations for the summer term by school districts through July 5th. A decision on reopening will be made in the first week of August. On July 13 Cuomo announced that NY will allow schools to reopen in Phase 4 regions with a COVID-19 infection rate of 5% or lower (14-day average) as of August 1. On August 7, Governor Cuomo announced that school districts are authorized to open. There is a Friday deadline (8/14) for school districts that have not submitted plans for in-person learning. E.O. 202.60 authorizes schools statewide to be open for instruction, effective September 1, 2020, subject to adherence to Department of Health issued guidance and directives. On 10/6 Cuomo directed schools in hot spot zip codes identified by NYC to temporarily close in-person learning. E.O. 202.68 implements school operating mandates (required closings) based on severity of COVID outbreaks in specific zip codes.

Any individual who over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. Business owners may turn away potential customers for not wearing a face covering.

Further, in accordance with CDC guidelines, New York no longer requires people who are fully vaccinated to wear masks indoors or outdoors even when social distancing is impracticable.

North Carolina

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response in North Carolina

@ncdhhs

NC Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus Hotline: 866-462-3821 or call NC 2-1-1

Implements a modified “Stay at Home” order for all individuals to stay at home from 10pm - 5am, with exceptions for travel to or from work, trips to grocery, or obtain medicine. The Order also extends capacity limitations, indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and other public health restrictions put in place by previous executive orders. Alcohol sales prohibited from 9pm to 7am. All events must end by 10pm.

Governor Cooper recently announced plans to lift all COVID-19 capacity and distancing requirements effective June 1, 2021.

North Carolina is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and it will be in such a state until otherwise ordered by the Governor.

People traveling to North Carolina from another state are not required to quarantine upon arrival.

On May 14, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 215 which lifted all occupancy and social distancing requirements.

Beginning Oct. 5, school districts may choose to implement Plan A of the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit, which would allow for in-person instruction for grades K-5 in public and charter schools. Face coverings remain required for all K-12 students, fewer children in classrooms, social distancing for everyone in the building, and other safety protocols. School districts retain option for online only instruction.

On May 14, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 215 which removes the requirement to wear masks indoors in most circumstances. Masks must still be worn on public transportation, in state and local correctional institutions, and workers and clients of homeless service providers.

North Dakota

ND Department of Health Coronavirus Information

@NDDOH

Kirby Kruger, director of the Division of Disease Control - 701-328-2378

North Dakota presently has in place a reopening plan, entitled ND Smart Restart Protocols.

North Dakota is not in a State of Emergency Due to COVID-19.

North Dakota has no travel restrictions for residents, citizens of other U.S. states, or citizens of international origin. Previously, there was a 14-quarantine requirement for those persons traveling into North Dakota; however, that requirement was lifted in September 2020.

There is no blanket ban on mass gatherings in North Dakota. However, there are a number of restrictions on events in banquet halls, ballrooms, and other large event venues. Gatherings cannot exceed 50% of a venue's maximum occupancy and must also abide by new capacity restrictions that have been tiered according to the size of the facility. Further, many social distancing and hygiene-related guidelines apply.

Public and non-public schools may offer on-site programs provided they adhere to Smart Restart guidelines.

North Dakota does not have a mask mandate in effect. Previously North Dakota required face coverings to be used by all employees and patrons inside indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as well as in outdoor business and public settings when it’s not possible to maintain physical distancing.

Ohio

Ohio Department of Health

@OHdeptofhealth

OH Dept of Health (614) 466-3543; COVID-19 hotline (833) 427-5634

Responsible Restart Ohio

Ohio is current in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and it shall be in such a state until the Governor orders otherwise.

July 22: Gov. Mike DeWine issued a travel advisory for all individuals who come into Oho from states with a Covid-19 positivity rate of 15% or higher. The state is recommending that those individuals self-quarantine at a hotel or at home for 14 days.

Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud has ordered Ohioans to stay home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for work or necessary food, medical care, or social services. The curfew extends through Jan. 23, 2021. This curfew is intended to reduce COVID-19 spread, keep Ohioans safe, minimize the risk of major limitations or economic shutdowns, and reduce the impact on the healthcare and hospital system.

April 2021 consolidated order says "individuals must avoid gathering in groups and attempt at all times to maintain social distancing. When gathered together, individuals should be in groups of no more than ten individuals that is separated from other groups by at least six feet."

Closure of All K-12 Schools in the State of Ohio

In Ohio, as of June 2, 2021, there is no statewide mask mandate in effect.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Department of Health

@HealthyOklahoma

Gary Cox, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health, 405-271-4200, commissioner@health.ok.gov, Coronavirus Call Center 877-215-8336

5/29 Gov. Stitt announced that on 6/1 Phase 3 of the Open Up and Recover Safely Plane would go into effect

Oklahoma ended its state of emergency declaration on May 4, 2021.

All people entering the state are directed to follow CDC travel guidelines.

In March 2021, Gov. Stitt announced he is lifting all gathering restrictions in Oklahoma.

On March 25 the State Board approved remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

On Jan. 12, 2021, Gov. Stitt announced that schools enforcing social distancing and mask-wearing will not have to quarantine students who were potentially exposed to the virus but are not showing symptoms. The new policy does not apply to students who were potentially exposed during after-school activities, including sports. Previously, schools were required to enforce a two-week quarantine for students potentially exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they exhibited symptoms.

Currently, there is no statewide mask mandate in Oklahoma. On March 11, 2021, Gov. Stitt announced he will be lifting the requirement to wear masks in state buildings.

Oregon

Oregon Health Authority | COVID-19 Updates

@OHAOregon

Public Health Division: 971-673-1222; Call 211; COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us

Reopening Oregon

Seventh Extension of Executive Order 20-03 and COVID-19 State of Emergency

Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued travel advisories today urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.

EO No. 20-66, effective Dec. 18, 2020, establishes a county-by-county metrics-based approach to controlling COVID-19 transmission, restrictions are therefore dependent upon the county's risk level. Effective June 17:

  • 0 of 36 counties are in the Extreme Risk (red) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 6 people outside and 6 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 50 people.

  • 10 of 36 counties are in the High Risk (orange) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 6 people outside and 8 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 75 people.

  • 4 of 36 counties are in the Moderate Risk (yellow) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 10 people outside and 8 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 150 people.

  • 22 of 36 counties are in the Lower Risk (green) category, social and at-home gatherings are limited to 12 people outside and 10 people inside. The limit for outdoor recreation or entertainment establishments is 300 people.

EO 21-06 orders public schools to offer full on-site or hybrid in-person instruction.

Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks in most public indoor settings.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Coronavirus​

Bureau of Communicable Diseases Room 1023 625 Forster St. Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701 717-783-0479 Phone 717-705-5513 Fax

The administration will utilize a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions.

On March 6, Governor Wolf signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to the virus. On May 20, 2021, Governor Wolf renewed the disaster declaration for a fifth time. On June 10th, following the approval of two ballot measures in May, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a resolution to end the state's emergency declaration. However, the end of the emergency declaration does not limit the Health Secretary's authority to require masks.

Effective March 1, all travel restrictions have been lifted.

Previously, anyone over the age of 11 who visits from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in a travel quarantine for 10 days upon entering Pennsylvania.

The state "advises against" household gatherings when attendees include non-household members, but it is not prohibited.

Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year: On June 3, Administration Outlined Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools. PA Departments of Education and Health are providing recommendations to Pre-K to 12 schools for use when making decisions related to the instructional models used during the 2020-21 school year. On November 23, Governor required Pre-K to 12 public schools in counties that have been in the substantial transmission level for at least two consecutive weeks to commit to safety measures to ensure the safety and well-being of students and educators.

On May 30, Governor Wolf stated that the state mask mandate would remain in place until 70% of adults are fully vaccinated or until June 28th, whichever is first.

On May 14, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks unless a business or organization requires masks to be worn when on their premises.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. Updated order requires when outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors. When indoors, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household. This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served.

Masks do not need to be worn in non-healthcare settings when CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People or its successor allow for no face coverings and if acting in accordance with the Public Health Recommendations.

Rhode Island

RI DOH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

@RIHEALTH

COVID info at 401-222-8022

Rhode Island has a re-opening plan in place that accounts for all sectors of state commerce, namely including health and business guidelines for various industries.

Rhode Island is currently in a state of emergency due to COVID and will be in such a state until June 10, 2021.

A mandatory 14 day quarantine or negative COVID test is required for anyone traveling to Rhode Island from outside the United States or from identified areas in the U.S. with high community spread.

In Rhode Island, there are no mass gathering restrictions.

In Rhode Island, every district except Providence and Central Falls met the five metrics needed to fully reopen with all students on September 14.

In Rhode Island, any person who is in any indoors place open to the public shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering; however, there are a number of exceptions to the class of persons required to wear face coverings.

Further, there is no statewide mask mandate in Rhode Island for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals when outdoors.

South Carolina

SC DHEC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

@scdhec

DHEC Care Line, 1-855-472-3432

Gov. Henry McMaster Creates accelerateSC, a Coordinated Economic Revitalization Plan

South Carolina is NOT in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19; the State allowed all previous State of Emergency declarations expire on June 7, 2021.

All travel restrictions have been rescinded.

EO 2021-12, of March 5, 2021, "encourages" venues to follow guidelines such as a 50% capacity limit. But this is not a requirement or mandate.

All schools to remain closed through the month of April.

South Carolina no longer requires face coverings in restaurants or state-owned buildings; residents are encouraged, but not mandated to wear masks in public. Further, the Governor of South Carolina issued an executive order prohibiting local governments from using the South Carolina emergency declaration as a basis for local mask mandates.

South Dakota

SD Department of Health Coronavirus Information

@SDDOH

Disease Prevention Services - Cassie Deffenbaugh, 605-773-3737

South Dakota's "Back to Normal Plan" institutes a minimally-restrictive common-sense re-opening plan for all sectors of society. This plan is effective as of January 18, 2021.

South Dakota has declared a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and will be in such a state until June 30, 2021.

South Dakota has never placed any COVID-related restrictions on travel to or from other states or within the state.

Currently, gatherings of any size are permitted in South Dakota, as long as social distancing is practiced (a number of social distancing and hygiene-related recommendations for individual's in South Dakota's "Back to Normal Plan").

South Dakota has instituted a "Back to Normal Plan," which provides for remote learning in K-12 schools until the end of 2020 with a limited return to in-person education by the end of 2020-2021 school year.

South Dakota has yet to issue a state-wide mask mandate.

Tennessee

TN Department of Health Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

@TNDeptofHealth

Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP, Commissioner P: (615)741-3011

Tennessee Pledge

On May 28, Governor Bill Lee issued a limited state of emergency declaration through July 30, 2021 ,to allow the state to maintain federal compliance and eligibility. The limited state of emergency also allows for continued flexibility for the National and State Guard to support health care and vaccination efforts.

The Tennessee Pledge business guidelines issued at the start of COVID-19 have been officially retired as of Apr. 27, 2021.

On April 29, 2021 Executive Order 80 went into effect. The order ends county mayors’ authority in 89 counties to require masks.

Texas

Texas Department of State Health Services Coronavirus Page

@TexasDSHS

coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov DSHS COVID‑19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779

Governor Abbott Implements Changes to the Reopening Plan, increasing capacity at gyms, retail, and dine-in restaurants to 75%, amusement parks to 50% or 75% at owner's discretion, no limits at cosmetologists, massage, and beauty salons with social distancing. Bars and river tubing operators remain closed. Nursing home visitations allowed.

Governor Abbott Extends Disaster Declaration For COVID-19 (5/5/21)

Air travel restrictions were lifted on May 21.

Effective March 10, 2021, all operating and occupancy restrictions are lifted.

For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, public schools may resume operations for the summer as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

On March 10, 2021 the requirement to wear masks in all public spaces was lifted.

On May 18, 2021, Governor Abbott signed an executive order that prohibits government entities, including counties, cities, and school districts, from implementing mask mandates.

Utah

Utah Department of Health - Coronavirus Latest Information

@UtahDepOfHealth

Utah Department of Health Hotline 1-800-456-7707

The COVID-19 Transmission Index is a balanced approach intended to protect communities. It represents the collaborative work of state and local public health officials, the Governor’s Office, legislative leaders, the hospital industry, and business leaders. The transmission index clarifies the public health metrics used to determine which counties are placed in which transmission level. Counties will be placed in one of three transmission levels: High, Moderate, or Low. These levels correspond directly to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.

Currently, Utah is no longer under a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

Establishing a Requirement for Individuals Entering Utah to Complete a Travel Declaration Form with Certain Exceptions

After a previous order expired on Nov. 24, 2020, there are no limits on gathering sizes in Utah, but event organizers must abide by certain safety protocols.

An event host of a social gathering shall complete and implement the Event Management Template provided by the Department and require each individual attending the social gathering to wear a face mask.

Local education agencies (school districts and charter schools also known as LEAs) are required to develop local plans for safely reopening schools for in-person instruction in the fall of 2020. Reopening anticipated for the 2020-2021 school year, including sporting events, activities, and in-person graduations, with increased cleaning and hygiene regimen

Utah's mask mandate expired on April 10, 2021. As of May 15, face coverings are not required in schools, gatherings larger than 50 people, and state government buildings. Local governments may seek their own mask mandates.

Vermont

VT Dept. Public Health-2019 Novel Coronavirus

@healthvermont

Department of Health, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05402, 800-464-4343

Vermont is presently in Stage 3 of the Vermont Forward reopening plan. On April 9, 2021, Vermont began a new reopening plan, entitled "The Vermont Forward Plan." That plan ties three separate phases of reopening the state to certain vaccination milestones: Step 1 begins when 45-55% of all Vermonters have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; Step 2 begins when 60-70% of all Vermonters have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; and, Step 3 begins when 70-85% of all Vermonters have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Each step in Vermont's plan to reopen removes certain behavior and sector-specific restrictions. For example, at the commencement of Step 1, "no quarantine is required for unvaccinated visitors with a negative test within 3 days prior to arrival."

Vermont is no longer in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.

Any person traveling into Vermont for a non-essential purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days, except for visitors from certain counties in ME, RI, MA, NH, CT and NY with low infection rates. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Vermont from hot spots or if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Further, beginning February 23, 2021, fully vaccinated residents who travel to another state will no longer need to quarantine when returning to Vermont. Fully vaccinated residents will receive cards that they can display upon request when traveling in or out of the state. Fully vaccinated out-of-state travelers will not need to quarantine if they can provide proof of vaccination.

Out-of-state travelers no longer need a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arriving in Vermont.

In Vermont, there are currently not any restrictions on mass gatherings.

For the 2020-21 school year, all public schools and independent schools are open for in person or remote classroom instruction since Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Further, no student or parent may be penalized for student absences that are the result of following medical advice or the guidance of VDH or to address concerns of parents or guardians in response to COVID-19.

In Vermont, there is no statewide mask mandate.

Virginia

Virginia Department of Health-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

@VDHgov

Emergency Preparedness - (804) 864-7035

Safer at Home: Phase 3 Guidelines for all Business Sectors. Virginia has established Phase III re-opening guidelines for all sectors of business in Virginia. These guidelines primarily focus on the lessening of restrictions related to social distancing and hygiene procedures.

Virginia is presently in a State of Emergency as declared by Governor Northam.

Currently, Virginia has a stay-at-home order and effective travel ban, which prohibits Virginians from leaving their residence between Midnight (12:00 AM) and 5:00 A.M. Further there were a limited number of circumstances under which Virginians could leave their residence without threat of penalty.

In Virginia, there are no mass gatherings restrictions or prohibitions.

In-person K-12 education was initially prohibited in March 2020; however, on July 6, 2020, Governor Northam ordered a phased reopening of K-12 schools.

Further, colleges, universities, and community colleges must comply with the Phased reopening places ("Guidelines for All Business Sectors" in all iterations).

On Jan. 14, 2021, the Virginia Department of Education released new guidance encouraging schools to prioritize in-person learning, especially for younger students and those with disabilities.

On Feb. 5, Gov. Northam requested that schools provide in-person learning options for students by March 15. Northam said schools could look to the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education’s updated reopening guidance released on Jan. 15 as they prepare to return students to the classroom. Although the request is not a mandate, Northam said he expected schools to comply.

In Virginia, all individuals "aged five and older should cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC, if they are in an indoor setting shared by others." This restriction applies to a number of open-air establishments; however, it does not apply in a religious context nor does it apply to persons inside their personal residence.

Nevertheless, Virginia no longer requires individuals to wear masks while outdoors in small groups (fewer than 10 people); yet, individuals who are fully vaccinated are exempt from this mask mandate.

Washington

WA Department of Health

@WADeptHealth

The DOH coronavirus hotline (1-800-525-0127, press #)

Gov. Inslee announced the “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a new COVID-19 phased recovery plan which will replace the previous county-level reopening plan. The new two-phased plan begins on January 11, 2021, divides the state into eight regions. Each region begins in Phase 1, which limits capacity at gyms and prohibits indoor dining and at-home indoor gatherings with people outside the household. Phase 2 eases restrictions, which includes allowing restaurants to reopen at 50%.

On 1/28/21, Governor Inslee announced changes to the reopening plan. The state is still using the eight-region, two-phase system, but now, a region may advance to Phase 2 if it meets just three of the four required metrics; previously, regions had to meet all four. Additionally, the state will now evaluate regions every two weeks rather than every week.

The four metrics are as follows:

1) Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100k population; 2) Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations; 3) Less than 90% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy; and, 4) COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10%.

As of February 14, 2021, all eight regions have been moved into Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap.

Washington is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and it shall be in such a State until otherwise proclaimed.

14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington state after visiting the United Kingdom, South Africa and other countries where a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, 501Y.V, has been circulating.

On May 18, 2021, Gov. Inslee announced three counties (Colwitz, Pierce, Whitman) would move back into Phase 3. For the all 39 counties in Phase 3, indoor gatherings should be limited to 10 people, and outdoor gatherings 50 people.

Updated school guidance for in-person instruction. The Department of Health suggests three categories for re-introducing in-person learning: For schools in counties where COVID-19 cases are “low” (less than 50 residents per 100,000), in-person learning should be made available for all students. In counties where COVID-19 cases are “moderate” (between 50 and 350 residents per 100,000), in-person learning should be phased in, starting with elementary students not already attending in person and middle school students, followed by high school students. Finally, in counties where COVID-19 cases are “high” (over 350 per 100,000 residents), it’s recommended that schools should only offer in-person instruction for elementary and high-need students in small groups of 15 students or fewer.

Fully-vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask when indoors, unless in health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, schools, and public transportation.

West Virginia

WVDHHR Corona Virus Resource Page

Requires individuals who are travelling from areas with substantial community spread of COVlD-19, including without limitation Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Italy, and China, are required to isolate for two weeks prior to entering the state. (EO 39 20 repealed this order. )

Dr. Catherine C. Slemp - (304) 558-0684

Governor Justice unveils plan to reopen state: “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback”

West Virginia is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and it shall be in such a state until the Governor of West Virginia orders otherwise.

Requires individuals who are travelling from areas with substantial community spread of COVlD-19, including without limitation Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Italy, and China, are required to isolate for two weeks prior to entering the state. (EO 39 20 repealed this order. )

Effective April 19, 2021, the public gathering limit has been removed.

Executive Order 78-20, issued November 13, 2020, requires private and public schools to limit in person instruction.

On June 18, 2021, Governor Jim Justice signed Executive Order 20-21 which ended the indoor face covering requirement effective June 20, 2021.

Wisconsin

COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China)

@DHSWI

Andrea Palm, DHS Secretary designee - 608-267-9003

On April 20, 2020, Governor Evers announced the Badger Bounce Back plan, which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases.

Wisconsin is not currently in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19. Most recently, the Wisconsin Governor declared a continued State of Emergency due to COVID-19 on February 4, 2021 (for 60 days); however, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared that the Governor's acts were unconstitutional within the meaning of the Wisconsin State Constitution. Specifically, according to the Wisconsin Constitution, any Public Health focused State of Emergency that exceeds 60 days in length must be supported by a joint declaration of the State Legislature, and that declaration may not be made solely by the Wisconsin Governor. Thus, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Executive Order 105, the most recent State of Emergency declaration.

Since Emergency Order #3 expired on Nov. 6, 2020, residents are strongly encouraged, but not required, to avoid gatherings with anyone outside of their household and follow physical distancing.

Emergency Order #28, effective April 23, 2020, orders the closure of K-12 schools for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Mar. 31, 2021, that the governor overstepped his authority when he declared several states of emergency since the start of the pandemic without input from the legislature. The ruling invalidates the current emergency order, which includes a statewide mask mandate.

Local mask mandates remain in place.

Previously, on February 4, 2021, the State Assembly passed a resolution to end the public health emergency and mask mandate. Governor Evers immediately issued Executive Order #105, proclaiming a new state of emergency and reinstituting the mask mandate.

Wyoming

WY Department of Health Coronavirus Information

@health_wyoming

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit - 1-877-996-9000

Generally, restrictions on both private and public facing businesses are being lessened in successive public health orders.

Wyoming has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency and still is in a state of emergency.

There are no travel restrictions in Wyoming for U.S. travelers. Until May 8, 2020, Wyoming required individual coming to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.

Effective Mar. 16, 2021, Wyoming removes of limitations on personal gatherings and outdoor events.

In Wyoming, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools may operate provided they abide by a number of social distancing and hygiene guidelines, including but not limited to: a maximum of 50 persons may be in any room, up to 250 persons may be allowed in rooms where 6 feet separation between individuals can be maintained, and face coverings are generally required for students and school staff where a 6 feet distance cannot be maintained.

Currently, Wyoming has no statewide mask mandate in place.