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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

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

Face covering are required. Statewide mask and social distancing mandate. On July 29, the mask mandate was expanded to include schools, limited to students second grade and older, and colleges.

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.

Declares a public health disaster emergency and grants authority to DHSS. Expires 12/15.

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.

Gov. Doug Ducey Issues Declaration of Emergency (3/11/20 pm)

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.

Under EO 2020-52 (extending EO 2020-09, issued on March 19, 2020), public gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, unless the event organizers have received permission from the city, town or county. Private gatherings cannot exceed 50% of the permitted fire-code occupancy.

Emergency Order 2020-04 mandates that masks are worn on school campuses, on school buses, and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors. EO 2020-51 requires that by August 7, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services will have public health criteria to be used by schools to determine when it is safe to reopen for traditional in-person classroom instruction. The order also provides for a remote start of the 2020–2021 school year. Under the order, school systems are to develop plans for distance learning as well as physical distancing and enforcement of mask requirements, should in-person learning resume. Nevertheless, schools are required to provide childcare for students “who need a place to go during the day” starting August 17, 2020.Superintendent Hoffman and Gov Ducey announed the end of hte school year on 3/31/20.

Emergency Order 2020-04 mandates that masks are worn on school campuses, on school buses, and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors. Recommendation. Gives authority to mandate the wearing of masks in public to local governments.

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 has extended its state of emergency due to COVID-19 until March 31, 2021.

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

Currently, indoor gatherings of up to 100 people may take place in Arkansas without triggering the requirement that gathering-planners submit a plan of operation to a local health department. Larger events at indoor and outdoor entertainment venues including up to 100 participants can be held for up to 66% of a venue's capacity, with approval from the Secretary of Health.

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

Effective July 20, 2020, every person in Arkansas must 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 January 25, 2021, Governor Newsom lifted all stay at home orders throughout California. Prior to this order the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California were under stay at home orders.

California is currently in a regional and county-by-county approach to reopening. As of March 2, 2021:

  • 40 of 58 counties are under a Purple designation, only outdoor gatherings of a maximum of 3 households are permitted.

  • 16 of 58 counties are under a Red designation, indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged with a maximum of three households.

  • 2 of 58 counties are under an Orange designation, indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged with a maximum of three households.

  • No county is currently under a Yellow designation, where indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged with a maximum of three households.

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.

California has a mask requirement. It mandates that beginning June 18, 2020, face coverings must be worn at all times when outside the home.

Colorado

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado

@CDPHE

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

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's Emergency Declaration, initially issued March 11, 2020, puts CO in a state of emergency and makes several decrees including requiring sick leave to be paid to employees with COVID-19 and allowing seniors to apply for driver's license renewals online.

This order was most recently extended by Executive Order 2021-045, issued February 15, 2021.

Colorado is under a county-by-county phased reopening plan as detailed below.

  • For the 0 of 64 counties at the "Level Green: Protect Our Neighbors" phase of reopening, personal gatherings are limited per local guidance.

  • For the 1 of 64 counties at the "Level Blue: Cautious" phase of reopening, gatherings are limited to 10 people, no more than 2 households.

  • For the 3 of 64 counties at the "Level Yellow: Concern" phase of reopening, gatherings are limited to 10 people, no more than 2 households.

  • For the 59 of 64 counties at the "Level Orange: High Risk" phase of reopening, gatherings are limited to 10 people, no more than 2 households

  • For the 1 of 64 counties at "Level Red: Sever Risk" phase of reopening, gatherings of more than two people from separate households is prohibited, except for necessary activities.

Health Order 20-36, last amended December 7, 2020, eliminates personal capacity caps for houses of worship and other religiously oriented events.

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.

Executive Order 2020-039, effective April 17, 2020, requires essential workers who work in proximity to anyone else to wear cloth masks (or any higher grade material). Also requires them to wear gloves whenever possible. The order has been extended every thirty days, at most, with the most recent extension coming January 6, 2021 via Order 2021-007.

12/14 - Extends existing mandate

1/8 - Extends existing mandate

2/4 - Extends existing mandate

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 2.1 of this plan.

Connecticut is currently in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 and will be in such a state until April 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 directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Affected travelers must also fill out a Travel Health Form.

Currently, under Phase 2.1 of reopening, private gatherings at a commercial venue are limited to 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors. Private gatherings at a private residence are limited to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Graduations may host up to 50% of the venue's capacity if indoors, and up to 50% capacity or 100% capacity with six feet social distancing if outdoors. Religious gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, are limited to 50% capacity or 100% capacity if six feet of physical distancing is possible. Outdoor event venues have 25% of Fire Capacity and distancing. Outdoor organized gatherings, those open to the public, may allow up to 500 attendees if 15 feet of space is available between groups.

For all gatherings, every participant must wear a face mask and must physically distance from others by at least six feet.

In Connecticut, there are currently minimal operating restrictions on K-12 schools, and schools are open for in-person education.

In Connecticut, 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).

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 gathering are limited to 25 people or 50% of a building's capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 50 people.

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.

Requirement. Governor Carney Requires Delawareans to Wear Face Coverings in Public Settings. AUGUST 24, 2020 UPDATE: As Delaware families consider a safe return to school, Governor Carney and the Division of Public Health announced an update to Delaware’s face coverings guidance for children. 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.

Governor John Carney on Friday signed the fifth revision to the omnibus emergency order, continuing the restrictions, including the Stay-at-Home advisory and universal indoor mask mandate.

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.

A State of Emergency was issued on March 9, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and extended multiple times, the current extension is for an additional 60 days through Feb. 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.

Currently, gatherings of 50 or more are prohibited in Georgia. This limit went into effect under EO 06.29.20.02 on July 2, 2020, and has been extended several times, most recently on January 29, 2021. The most recent ban is in effect until February 15, 2021.

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.

A strategy to reopen and reshape Hawaii’s economy

Extends the emergency period to 12/31/20.

Gov. David Ige has signed a 17th COVID-19 emergency proclamation reducing the state’s mandatory self-quarantine period for travelers entering the state and traveling between counties from 14 to 10 days. The new policy took effect December 16. The change is based on this month’s updated recommendations issued by the CDC and the DOH. Previously, Gov. David Ige announced he will delay the launch of the pre-travel testing program for incoming travelers to Hawai‘i. The program is now scheduled to begin on Oct. 1. This means all travelers entering the State of Hawai‘i will be subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine until Oct. 1, when the pre-travel testing program is scheduled to begin. Also, the state has created the Enhanced Movement Quarantine (EMQ), to be established by each individual county, that provides residents and visitors the ability to spend time on other islands without being in 14-day traveler quarantine. On August 6, Gov. Ige announced that the inter-island travel quarantine will be reinstated, in part, on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The State of Hawaii announced that the new online Safe Travels application will be mandatory for all travelers on Sept. 1.Gov. David Ige announced plans for a Hawai‘i pre-travel testing program that gives travelers the option of possibly avoiding 14-day-long quarantine upon arrival to the state, beginnig October 15. Details of the pre-travel testing program are outlined in the 14th emergency proclamation. It allows the mandatory 14-day quarantine to continue, with the exception of the pre-travel test option. Starting on Nov. 24, travelers wishing to bypass the 14-day mandatory quarantine must have their COVID-19 test results – from a trusted testing partner – prior to departure for the State of Hawaiʻi.

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.

Requirement. Fifth Supplementary Proclamation requires all customers and employees who have customer contact must wear a cloth face mask and encourages everyone to wear cloth face masks whenever in public places. Gov. David Ige issued a 15th COVID-19 emergency proclamation that extends and clarifies the statewide mask mandate as agreed to by all four counties and the state. The proclamation states all persons in the State shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public.

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 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.

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

Idaho has no COVID-19 travel restrictions in place.

Currently, gatherings are limited to 50 or more persons. This prohibition does not extend to gatherings for political or religious expression, as well as those for education and education-adjacent extra-curricular activities.

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 reopening plan. As of February 1, 2021, Region 7 (Kankakee and Will counties) has moved into regular Phase 4. Further, on February 2, 2021, Region 10 (Cook County suburbs) moved out of Tier 1 mitigation and into regular Phase 4.

In Illinois, the State of Emergency due to COVID-19 is effective through March 4, 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, indoor gatherings of more than one household are prohibited, unless a limited exemption applies. Further, outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people are equally prohibited.

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, any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible.

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 March 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, all people in Indiana must 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.

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.

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.

Currently, Kansas is in a State of Emergency until March 31, 2021.

Currently, there are no travel restrictions in Kansas due to COVID-19.

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 has a mask mandate until the State of Emergency expires (where the Kansas Legislature renewed the State of Emergency through Senate Bill 14). 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.

All gatherings are limited to a maximum of two households and eight persons. Previously, the only prohibition in place was on mass gatherings and all gatherings having more than 10 people in attendance.

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's mask mandate requires all persons in Kentucky to wear a face covering while (1) inside or waiting to enter a retail establishment, (2) while waiting for or while riding on public transport, or (3) while in an outdoor public space in which the wearer is not able to physically distance themselves at least 6 feet away from non-household members of the public. There are also a number of exceptions to the class of persons required to wear a face covering. Finally, there are a number of business-specific mask and PPE requirements depending upon the kind of business.

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.

None

Indoor gatherings limited to 25% capacity or 75 people. Outdoor gatherings limited to 25% capacity or 150 people when strict physical distancing not possible. Extended Dec. 23, 2020, by Proclamation No. 209 through Jan. 13, 2021.

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

Proclamation 29 JBE 2021, effective March 3, 2021, reaffirms the mask mandate as LA moves to Phase 3 of reopening.

Requirement. Face coverings required when inside a commercial establishment or any other building or open space to the public, whether indoor or outdoor. Counties with fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents may opt out. Extended Dec. 23, 2020, by Proclamation No. 209 through Jan. 13, 2021.

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 currently expires March 19, 2021.

EO 18 authorizes the implementation of the Keep Maine Healthy: A Plan for Tourism in Maine Amid COVID-19 (Keep Maine Healthy Plan), a multi-tiered plan based on a preference for science-based tests, screenings, and disease prevention practices. Effective November 16, Massachusetts is no longer exempt from Maine’s quarantine. November 4th, people traveling from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are no longer exempt from Maine’s quarantine or negative test requirement. 57 requires both resident and non-resident travelers into Maine to either receive a negative test for COVID-19 or quarantine for 14 days. Beginning July 3, travelers from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are exempt from requirement.

Under EO 16, effective Nov. 4, indoor gathering restrictions are limited to 50 people, regardless of capacity, while outdoor activities are limited to 100 people. Places of worship are limited to 50 people or 5 person per 1,000 square feet, which ever is greater.

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.

EO 19 & EO 19-A requires owners and operators of indoor public settings to enforce all persons to wear face coverings in buildings. EO 16 amends mask mandates for individuals entering publicly accessible government building, retail space, and schools. Individuals must wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Revised mandate provides for greater enforcement and requires certain businesses in specific localities to implement mask requirements.

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 issued a public health advisory for out-of-state travel. Under the advisory, Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

https://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/12-17-2020-mdh-public-covid-19-advisory-1608243020.pdf

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, all persons over the age of 5 must wear a mask when they are: (1) on or in public transportation, (2) indoors at any location where the general public is generally permitted, (3) at any outdoor sporting venue or outdoor entertainment venue, (4) outdoors when social distancing is not practicable, (5) while obtaining healthcare, and (6) engaged in any work where interaction with others is likely. Further, there are a number of exceptions to this general mask mandate. Further, all persons must wear masks on school property, including in hallways, gyms, and on buses.

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.

Gov. Baker Declares State of Emergency in Massachusetts due to the novel coronavirus

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.

Effective February 8, 2021 COVID-19 order #63 rescinds #57, which allowed for gatherings of 100 people outdoors and 50 indoors. The limit is once again 25 outdoors and 10 indoors.

Future restrictions:

On March 22, 2021, the state will enter Step 1 of Phase 4 of their reopening plan. This will increase the gathering limits for public spaces to 150 people outdoors and 100 people indoors. For private spaces, the limit will remain at 25 outdoors, 10 indoors.

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

11/2: Governor Baker also signed an updated order related to face-coverings. The revised order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition. 5/6: Requirement. Governor Baker issued an Order effective Wednesday, May 6 requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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

Declaration of state of emergency and state of disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic. EO 2020-186 was rescended as of 10/13/20.

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

Currently, indoor gatherings are limited at residential venues to more than 15 persons from no more than 3 households while gatherings at non-residential venues are limited to 25 persons. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people at residential venues and 300 non-residential venues.

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.

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. New EO includes enforcement provisions & penalties. E0 2020-185 requires all students kindergarten and up to wear a mask while at school. required by 2020 EO-59 & EO-96. Replaces 2020 EO-147.

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 January 13, 2021, Executive Order 21-04 was issued extending the Peacetime Emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 through February 12, 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.

Currently, under EO 21-07 (effective Feb. 13, 2021), venues may host private celebrations, receptions, and parties (including weddings). These private events are limited to a maximum of 50 people and must not take place between the hours of 11:00 pm and 4:00 am.

Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged but are permitted if they do not involve more than two households and up to a maximum of 10 people. Members of different households must maintain six feet of separation from each other.

Outdoor gatherings should not involve more than three households and up to a maximum of 15 people. Members of different households must maintain six feet of separation from each other.

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.

Requirement. Under EO 20-81 (effective July 25, 2020), Minnesotans are required to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Exempts persons with a medical condition and children under the age of 6.

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.

On March 3, 2021, restrictions on gatherings were largely lifted although individuals are still encouraged to social distance.

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.

Missouri is in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, and will continue to be in such a state until March 31, 2021

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 February 15, the limits on people attending private outdoor gathering were increased to 25 people from 10 people.

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.

Imposes mask mandate, subject to specified exceptions.

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

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.

1/22 Gov. Sununu signed Emergency Order # 81 the 15th extension of the State of Emergency declared in EO 2020-04.

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).

Requires persons to wear masks or cloth face coverings when in public spaces without physical distancing. In effect until 3/26/21.

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 in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 and it will be in such a state until an indefinite time.

New Jersey, along with New York and Connecticut, issued a joint travel advisory requiring all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID into New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut to quarantine for 14 days. There are 45 states and territories that fit the criteria. As of November 25, New Jersey will no longer utilize previously outlined metrics to inform its travel advisory. New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging for 10 days.

Currently, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Indoor gatherings for weddings, funerals, religious services, political activities, movie theaters, performing arts centers and concert venues cannot exceed 150 guests or 25% of the room's capacity, whichever is lower.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people, excepting religious or political activities, funerals, memorial services and weddings.

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

In New Jersey, all individuals are required to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others. That general rule does not apply when the nearby persons are immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.

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.

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

Public Health Emergency Declared 3/11/2020. (Extended Until at least October 16th with Executive Order 2020-64.)

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.

On Feb. 24, 2021, NM added a new level (Turquoise) to the state's color-coded reopening plan. Counties that qualify for the green level for two weeks advance to turquoise.

  • In Red counties, gatherings are limited to 5 persons, 40 vehicles.

  • In Yellow counties, gatherings are limited to 10 persons; 80 vehicles.

  • In Green counties, gatherings are limited to 20 persons, 120 vehicles.

  • In Turquoise counties, gatherings are limited to 150 persons, 200 vehicles.

Schools closed for the rest of the academic year

Requirement. Requires that everyone wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising. Under the expiring order, only retail workers were required to wear face coverings. On 6/30 it was announced that the state will agressively enforce the mask mandate. Violators will be subject to a $100 fine.

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.

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 25 people, residential gatherings are limited to 10, 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. The Micro-Cluster Strategy identifies clusters and the areas around them and categorizes them into one or more color-coded zones with corresponding levels of restrictions based on severity: Red Zones, Orange Zones, and Yellow Zones. New rules and restrictions directly target areas to help control COVID-19 spread and protect hospital capacity.

Gathering restrictions differ across the state depending on whether the area is classified as being in the red, orange or yellow zone. In red-zone areas, all nonresidential and residential gatherings are prohibited. Within the orange zone, gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed. In the yellow zone, nonresidential gatherings can take place with a maximum of 25 people, while residential gatherings are limited to 10 people.

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.

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.

Declares a State of Emergency to coordinate response and protective actions to stop the spread of COVID-19

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

Effective Feb. 26, 2021, the indoor gathering limit has been increased from 10 to 25 persons. The outdoor limit remains at 50.

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.

Requirement. Face Coverings must be worn indoors if anyone else is in that space who is not a member of the same household. Face Coverings must be worn outdoors if it is not possible to consistently be physically distant by more than 6 feet from nonhousehold members. Requirements apply to all persons age 5 and up.

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 still in a state of emergency as declared by the Governor.

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

Director’s Updated and Revised Order for Business Guidance and Social Distancing

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.

Under an order issued in April 2020, all public and private gatherings of greater than 10 people occurring outside a single residence and the real estate on which it is located, or an apartment, condominium, or dormitory living unit are prohibited , with exceptions.

In an updated order effective Nov. 17, 2020, the state added that in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 through airborne particles passing between people in close contact, wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities are subject to the following restrictions:

  • No socializing or activities in open congregate areas and no dancing.
  • Guests must be seated at all times. Traditional wedding reception events such as first dance, toasts, tossing the bouquet and cutting the cake are permitted.
  • If serving food and beverages, guests must be served at their seats. No self-serve buffets and no self-serve bar areas permitted.
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless actively consuming food or beverages.
  • No more than 10 people should be seated at a table and those individuals must be from the same household.

This order does not apply to religious observances; First Amendment protected speech, including petition or referendum circulators, and any activity by media; and to governmental meetings which include meetings that are required to be open to the public.

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

Requirement. Beginning July 23 at 6:00pm, citizens in all Ohio counties will be under a mandatory mask order while out in public. Masks must be worn at all times when: At an indoor location that’s not a residence; Outdoors, when unable to keep 6ft social distance from those not in your household; When waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation -taxi, car service, private rideshare. 11/11/2020: Revised Mask Order: Although most people and businesses have properly followed COVID-19 safety guidelines issued in Ohio’s July 23, 2020, mask order, others are not following the order. To protect frontline workers and customers, the Ohio Department of Health will reissue Ohio’s mask order and add the following provisions: Each store will be required to post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances to the store; Each store will be responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks; and A new Retail Compliance Unit, comprised of agents led by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, will inspect to ensure compliance. A first violation will result in a written warning and a second violation will result in closure of the store for up to 24 hours.

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

State of Emergency Declared 3/15/2020 (Amended 12/14) with Executive Order 2020-20 to declare a health emergency for the next 60 days

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

Under a Dec. 14, 2020, order, public gatherings are limited to 50% capacity, unless the local health department grants an exception. Examples of public gatherings include weddings, funerals and holiday parties at event centers. This doesn’t apply to churches.

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.

Recommendation.

Oregon

Oregon Health Authority | COVID-19 Updates

@OHAOregon

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

Reopening Oregon

Sixth 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 February 26:

  • 5 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.

  • 11 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.

  • 10 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.

  • 10 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 20-29 requires public and private schools to develop written plans by August 15 or prior to the beginning of the school year detailing how they will comply with guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education. Governor Kate Brown Extends Coronavirus School Closures Through End of School Year in EO 20-20. Schools were originally closed by EO 20-08.

Requirement. Oregon Health authority issued guidance on wearing masks pursuant to EO 20-27. Beginning July 15, Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, whether publicly or privately owned as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Beginning July 24, children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.Beginning October 19, employers are required to provide employees with face coverings if they operate in an indoor or outdoor setting.

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 June 3, Governor Tom Wolf renewed the 90-day disaster declaration he originally signed on March 6. On August 31, Gov. Wolf renewed the disaster declaration for a second time. On November 24, Governor Wofl renewed the disaster declaration for a third time.

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.

Currently, Pennsylvania is using a maximum occupancy calculator to determine how many attendees are allowed at indoor and outdoor events in the state. The calculator ranges from 5-10% maximum occupancy and no events over 500 people for indoor events and 5-15% maximum occupancy and no events over 2,500 people for outdoor events.

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.

Requirement. 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.

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 March 17, 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, only members of a single household can gather in indoor and outdoor public and private social gathering places, including for holiday parties, parties and celebrations. Indoor weddings and other events with licensed catering may have up to 15 people, and outdoor weddings can have up to 50 people. Indoor and outdoor venues of assembly may operate at 25% capacity.

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 a place open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors, 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. This mask mandate is effective until March 24, 2021.

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

State of Emergency declaration extended an additional 15 days on 9/24.

All travel restrictions have been rescinded.

Under EO 20-73, issued Nov. 25, 2020, gatherings are limited to 50% of a locations occupancy limit or 250 persons, whichever is less. Applies to entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, and other types of mass gatherings,

All schools to remain closed through the month of April.

Requirement. Masks are required in state government buildings. EO encourages localities to adopt their own mask requirements. Restaurants must require that all employees, customers, patrons, suppliers, vendors, and other visitors wear face coverings, except while actively engaged in eating or drinking. All persons in attendance where there is a large crowd or gathering must wear a face covering as a condition of entry or participation.

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

Tenessee Pledge

Gov. Bill Lee extends Covid-19 state of emergency declaration from September 30th until October 30th.

Previously premitted social gatherings up to 50 people.

Amends original EO 54, which was amended by EO 55, grants local governments authority to require face masks until 10/30

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 (1/5/21)

Air travel restrictions were lifted on May 21.

Currently, under an Oct. 14, 2020, order, venues can host indoor events up to 75% capacity, with tables of no more than 10 people. Outdoor meetings must follow physical distancing, but there is no occupancy limit.

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 2, 2020, Governor Abbott lifted the requirement to wear a mask or other face covering in public throughout the state beginning March 10.

Until March 10, all Texans are still required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.

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.

Temporary Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions. Declaring a State of Emergency Due to the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Requirement. Statewide mask mandate, except in certain circumstances. Expires 11/23.

Vermont

VT Dept. Public Health-2019 Novel Coronavirus

@healthvermont

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

Order from Governor continues phase re-opening; Expands Health & Safety Measures, Including Mandatory Training

Vermont is in a state of emergency due to COVID-19 and will be in such a state until March 15, 2021.

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.

In Vermont, all multi-household social gatherings indoors and outdoors in public and private spaces are prohibited. This includes all public and private gatherings including but not limited to household gatherings, parties, weddings, events, etc.

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, masks or cloth facial coverings are required any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet with others from outside their household.

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.

Currently, all public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals who do not live in the same residence are prohibited if indoors; the limit for gatherings is 25 persons if outdoors. This restriction doesn't bar, however, individuals from attending religious services or attending educational instruction with more than 10 people; provided, however, those excepted circumstances are in compliance with certain social distancing and hygiene-related guidelines. Up to 250 spectators or 30% will be permitted per field at outdoor sports games, up from the current limit of two spectators per participant.

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 must 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. There are a number of other health-related exceptions to the class of persons required to wear a face covering.

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.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a one-week extension of the "Stay Safe–Stay Healthy" proclamation, along with the statewide restrictions imposed. The extension of the statewide restrictions will now expire on January 11, 2021. No changes were made in the proclamation aside from the expiration date.

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.

Under the "Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan, implemented on Jan. 11, 2021, gathering restrictions vary by region.

  • In 0 of 8 regions in Phase 1, indoor gatherings are prohibited and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people from two households.

  • In 8 of 8 regions in Phase 2, indoor gatherings are limited to 5 people from two households and outdoor gatherings are limited to 15 people from two households.

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.

Requirement. Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. Effective July 7 businesses are required to enforce the use of facial coverings. Expansion of face coverings order that will go into effect Saturday, July 25. The expansion will require face coverings in all common spaces, such as elevators, hallways and shared spaces in apartment buildings, university housing and hotels, as well as congregate setting such as nursing homes.

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”

Declares State of Emergency

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. )

Currently, gathering restrictions in West Virginia vary depending color rating of each county:

  • In 16 of 55 counties rated as red, gatherings are limited to 10 people.

  • In 30 of 55 counties rated as orange, gatherings are limited to 10 people.

  • In 5 of 55 counties rated as gold, gatherings are limited to 10 people.

  • In 4 of 55 counties rated as yellow, gatherings are limited to 25 people.

  • In 0 of 55 counties rated as green, gatherings are limited to 25 people.

The limitation does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential, such as religious services, weddings, or group meetings, conferences, or other special events held for essential businesses and operations, as defined by Executive Order 9-20, as amended. The 10 person limit on red, orange, and gold counties was put in place on Sept. 15, 2020, and the 25 person limit on green and yellow counties was put in place on July 14, 2020.

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

Executive Order 77-20, issued November 13, 2020, requires all individuals over the age of 9 to wear a mask in public indoor areas.

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.

Declares new state of public health emergency due to current spike in COVID-19 cases and authorizes the Department of Public Health to respond as necessary to the crisis. This order was most recently renewed for sixty days by Executive Order #104 on January 19, 2021.

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.

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.

Previously, on January 19, 2021, Emergency Order #1 was enacted which requires face coverings for Wisconsinites in public spaces or who are interacting with anyone outside their household. Provides exceptions for situations that require one's face to be uncovered, such as eating, communicating with deaf individuals, or visiting a dentist.

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.

Wyoming has eased the capacity limit for indoor gatherings from 25% or 100 people to 25% or 250 people, while the limit for outdoor gatherings rose from 250 people to 500.

The number of people permitted to gather without social distancing increased from 25 to 50 people and the number of people allowed to sit together at indoor events increased from 8 to 10 on March 1, 2021.

Under the 19th Continuation, and Modification, of Public Health Order #2 (issued Jan. 2 and extended until at least Jan. 25, 2021), gatherings are limited to 10 people. "Gatherings" are any planned or spontaneous event, public or private, bringing together, or likely brining together, more than 10 people in a single room or a single confined space (whether indoor or outdoor) at the same time.

There are a number of exemptions to the gathering limit, including but not limited to: retail businesses, livestock auctions, hotels and motels, government businesses and military facilities, relief facilities, grocery stores, gas stations and truck stops, and healthcare facilities.

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.

In Wyoming, every member of the public must wear a face covering outside their home in the following situations: when a person is inside, or about to enter, any business or government facility; when a person is visiting any healthcare facility; and, when a person is waiting for a ride on, or riding on, public transportation, paratransit, or in a tax, private car service, shuttle, tour, or ride-sharing vehicle.

However, a face covering is not required when in a person's own personal office, if the person is under the age of 12, while a person is eating, when a person is receiving congregate care, if seeing an individual's mouth is essential for communication, and if the person would have some risk caused by wearing a face covering.