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Reopening Plan Released by the Small Business Emergency Task Force


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.


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.


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


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)


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.


Connecticut currently has a robust reopening plan in place and is in phase 2.1 of this plan.


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


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


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


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.


Idaho has a four-phase reopening plan, and Idaho is currently in stage 3 of that plan. The order increased the limit on gatherings from 10 people to 50 people or less. Further, religious and political gatherings are exempt from the limit but must maintain social distancing.


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

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.


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


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.


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


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.


On March 2, 2021, Governor Edwards (announced)[] 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.


Restarting Maine's Economy


Four phase plan to recovery.


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.


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


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


Governor Reeves Announces Commission for Economic Recovery


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


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


Regional Phased reopening plan through Direct Health Measures


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

New Hampshire

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.

New Jersey

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

New Mexico

On Feb. 24, 2021, the Department of Health added a "turquoise" level to the state's reopening framework. This is now the highest tier. If a county is in the Green level for two weeks, it advances to Turquoise.

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

New York

Deatiled Guidance of the Reopening Plan For New York

North Carolina

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.

North Dakota

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


Responsible Restart Ohio


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


Reopening Oregon


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.

Rhode Island

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.

South Carolina

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

South Dakota

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.


Tenessee Pledge


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.

West Virginia

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


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.


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