State by State Plans to Re-open the United States

As the amount of COVID-19 cases begins to decrease and Stay at Home Orders begin to expire, many States are issuing guidelines of how re-opening the economy will work. Many States have Phase-driven plans that will reduce restrictions incrementally. See below for the specifics in your State as well as Guidance from the Federal Government.

  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 15
  • Social Distancing: Essential and Nonessential businesses may continue to operate where the work does not require regular interaction within six feet of another person. All non-work gatherings of 10 or more will be banned, as well as any gathering that cannot ensure people keep 6 feet away from one another.
  • Sanitation: People will be encouraged to wear face coverings when outside of their homes.
  • Safer At Home Executive Order
  • Phase 1 for reopening: Reopen Alabama Responsibly
  • On May 21, 2020, Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home order that removed restrictions and provided extended guidance to Alabama businesses as the state continues to reopen.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 24
  • Work Requirements: social distancing of 6 feet, universal face coverings, regular sanitation and cleaning.
  • Phase 1 of Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. See Non-Public Facing for further guidance.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 4
  • Beginning May 4: retailers which are not classified as essential businesses and whose business involves the sale of goods, may operate and offer goods through delivery, window, walk-up, thrive through, or drive up service, or by delivery and appointment, provided they comply with the protocols and best-practices outlined in the order.
  • Beginning May 8: such retailers may open, operate and offer goods for sale to customers in their stores, provided they comply with the protocols and best practices outlined in the order.
  • See the “Return Stronger” Order For more information. The order prevents counties, cities or town from issuing an order to prevent the openings described in the order.
  • Executive Order 2020-36 requires all Arizona employers to develop, establish, and implement policies based on guidance from the CDC, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). 
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 4
  • Beginning May 4: fitness centers may open with a 12 feet social distancing guideline and sanitation after each use of equipment.
  • Beginning May 11, restaurants may resume dine-in operations
  • Find guidance for re-opening manufacturing here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: No Date Set as of Yet. Bay Area counties: May 31
  • The Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery is developing short to long-term solutions for combating economic effects of COVID-19 as well as assessing if the “six indicators” are met and allow for CA’s opening.
  • San Diego County released a Safe Reopening Plan. See here for more details.
  • City of Los Angeles recently enacted an ordinance requiring employers in certain industries that generated more than $5 million in business in 2019 to rehire laid-off workers before they can hire any new employees.
  • Health Officers for many counties in CA issued Orders requiring all residents and workers in their respective counties to wear face coverings when conducting essential business and when around others outside of their immediate household.
  • Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order
  • Bay Area Counties must post a copy of the social distancing protocol at or near the entrance of the facility (fillable PDF version here).
  • CA has moved into Phase 2 of reopening. Included in the Complete List of Industries that may open are Office Workspaces (Guidance & Checklist) and Logistics & Warehouses (Guidance & Checklist )
  • Interim Guidance for General Industry to reopen Safely 
  • Before, reopening, all facilities must:
    • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
    • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
    • Implement individual control measures and screenings
    • Implement disinfecting protocols
    • Implement physical distancing guidelines
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 26
  • Mandated home isolation is no longer in force, however, Social Distancing Requirements, limited group gatherings of no more than 10 people, forced isolation for the sick, and business closures remain. Many municipalities are mandating wearing face coverings in public.
  • All manufacturing may remain in operations including “Non-Critical Retail”.
  • Work Requirements: mandatory temperature and health screening and protections for Vulnerable Individuals are the new normal for all critical and non-critical businesses. Social distancing must also be in effect.
  • See the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Order for more details. This order will remain in place until May 26.
  • Doing My Part CO: Scenarios to Recovery
  • Updated Safer at Home Executive Order—shows when businesses can gradually open.
  • Updated Order permits employees to self-check for COVID-19 symptoms
  • City and County of Denver issues their own Guidance for Business
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 15
  • Governor Carney signed the Thirteenth Modification to the State of Emergency which requires all individuals to wear a face covering while in a public place or outdoor public area. Businesses are required to Provide Face Coverings and Sanitizer for Employees and Enforce Face-Covering Requirements Against Customers
  • Governor Carney also announced a plan for public engagement around economic reopening and recovery.
  • Work Requirements: Beginning May 1, all businesses are required to provide employees to wear face coverings when working in open areas and must provide hand sanitizer to employees.
District of Columbia
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: June 8  
  • Preliminary criteria for re-opening has been issued. It states that before considering reopening, the city needs to see two weeks of a downward trend in cases, as well as a demonstrated capacity that the city’s healthcare systems can handle cases without resorting to crisis standards.
  • Mayor Bowser stated that the District will act consistently with the President’s three-phase reopening guidelines.
  • ReOpen DC plan
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: Phase 1 began in many Counties on April 29th.
  • Miami-Dade Counties remain the only two that have not begun Phase I
  • Guidelines to avoid virus spread still remain: individuals are encouraged to distance from individuals outside the home, and continued social distancing measures, such as the use of face masks, physical distancing, and avoidance of groups of more than 10 people.
  • See full step-by-step plan here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 27
  • Starting on April 27, 2020, nearly every type of business may reopen to the public. Excluding performance venues, etc.
  • Work Requirements: Employers who reopen must follow the required sanitation measures nonessential businesses, must not allow more than 10 persons to be present in a single location unless they can maintain 6 feet of distance, and encourage the wearing of facemasks. Employers should screen employees before entrance.
  • See full list of the 21 requirements here.
  • See full Executive Order issued here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 30
  • Stage 1 of re-opening extends from May 1 to May 15. In this time, all employers should return employees to work in phases, if physical distancing, personal protections and sanitation are feasible. Continue to encourage telework when possible and minimize non-essential travel.
  • Stage 2 will commence on May 16 if there is no significant increase in cases of COVID-19.
  • See full plan and guidance for businesses here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 30
  • Beginning May 1: Retail stores not designated as Essential Businesses and Operations may re-open for the limited purposes of fulfilling telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery – which are deemed to be Minimum Basic Operations.
  • (Executive Order No. 2020-32), issued April 30, 2020, mandates that all businesses that have employees physically reporting to a work-site must post the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency. Find guidance here.
  • Restore Illinois: the 5-Phase plan to re-open the economy. 
  • City of Chicago’s industry guidelines for reopening as the City prepares to transition to Phase 3 of the “Be Safe Chicago” plan. Chicago has been more strict than Illinois's State plan.
  • Work Requirements: Manufacturers that continue to operate pursuant to this Order must follow Social Distancing Requirements and take appropriate precautions, which may include:
    • providing face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
    • staggering shifts;
    • reducing line speeds;
    • operating only essential lines, while shutting down non-essential lines;
    • ensuring that all spaces where employees may gather, including locker rooms and lunchrooms, allow for social distancing;
    • and downsizing operations to the extent necessary to allow for social distancing and to provide a safe workplace in response to the COVID-19 emergency
    • Employers Must Provide Employees with Face Coverings Cap stores at 50% capacity. 6ft apart. Stagger shifts
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 1
  • An Executive Order issued on May 1 and extending through May 23 outlines the re-opening plan. The Order provides guidance for re-opening business operations responsibly and addresses specific types of businesses and how each stage will affect them.
  • Work Requirements: All businesses are encouraged to remain teleworking if possible. If not, employers are encouraged to frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces and maintain social distancing.
  • Five-Stage Reopening Plan announcement. Stage 2 began May 4. See the Back on Track Plan here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 16
  • Employees who refuse to return to work at open businesses will be deemed to have “voluntarily quit.” This disqualifies them for unemployment.
  • Social distancing measures were loosened in 77 counties. (All counties except Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, or Woodbury County).
  • See the summary of re-opening phases as well as the full plan of Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 4
  • Most businesses may re-open and most non-essential activities may resume, subject to social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, public health practices, and avoidance of gatherings of more than ten individuals in one location.
  • See Executive Order to reopen here. And full plan for reopening here.
  • At this time, the Reopening plan does not apply to Johnson County or Wyandotte County as both counties have extended the State Stay-At-Home Order through May 10.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: gradual reopen beginning May 11
  • May 11 – Manufacturing, construction, vehicle and vessel dealerships, professional services (at 50% of pre-outbreak capacity), horse racing (without spectators), pet grooming and boarding will be able to reopen.
  • See full announcement of reopen here. And Plan to remain Healthy at Work here.
  • All businesses must comply with the directives outlined by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in order to re-open.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 15
  • See stay at home order here.
  • Many businesses in Louisiana are allowed to open and operate as long as their employees wear face masks or coverings, limit the number of people on premises as outlined in the order and enforce social distancing. See full list here. 
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 31
  • The plan, which comes as the State appears to be successfully flattening the curve, establishes four gradual stages of reopening, the first of which begins May 1st. Phase 1 calls for people who are able to work from home to continue to do so, including State employees. It will also newly require that Maine people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain and continue strict requirements for long-term care facilities.
  • See Announcement to re-open here. And plan to Restarting Mine’s Economy here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: N/A
  • Governor Hogan has issued a 3 phased plan to re-open the state. However, he is waiting for hospitalizations to plateau before announcing a date to reopen the state.
  • See full plan to reopen here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 18
  • All residents must wear a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures is not possible.
  • The Reopening Advisory Board is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. It will meet with key stakeholders and solicit input from a variety of constituencies over the next three weeks to develop a report by May 18th.
  • 4-Phase Approach to Re-open
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 28
  • Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 as part of the MI Safe Start Plan. The order will allow the May 7 resumption of some types of work that present a very low risk of infection, including construction, real-estate activities, and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors.
  • Social distancing guidelines and recommendations to wear a face covering still stand.
  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order (EO) 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan. Read the full press release on EO 2020-77 for additional information.
  • Manufacturing facilities are encouraged to review best practice guidance from LEO to protect their workers from the spread of COVID-19.
  • Oakland County issued Emergency Order 2020-10 requiring screening and social distancing measures at open businesses.
  • Safety Workplace Regulation Guidance via Executive Order 2020-91 and Executive Order 2020-92
  • Michigan Executive Order moving the entire state of Michigan to Stage 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and setting the stage for most businesses to resume operations.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 18
  • Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-48, which extends and modifies the previous Stay at Home Order. The new order goes into effect on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm and will be in effect through Sunday May 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The new order identifies additional categories of Critical Sector workers, including laundry and hygiene and faith leaders and workers. While the order does not force residents to wear masks and face coverings, it strongly encourages them to do so when they leave their homes and travel to public settings.
  • Plan to Safely Return to Work
  •  Executive Order 20-56 addressing safely returning to work and allowing more businesses to reopen on May 17th.
  • Executive Order 20-54 addressing protecting workers from unsafe working conditions.  
  •  Cities Of Minneapolis and St. Paul Issue Face-Covering Orders.
  •  Minnesota Further Eases Restrictions in its Stay Safe Plan with Executive Order 20-74 
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 11
  • Business operations may remain open or re-open subject to some limitations:
    • businesses are encouraged to utilize work from home procedures;
    • they shall take all reasonable measures to ensure compliance with CDC guidelines, including social distancing, sending sick employees home and encouraging sick employees to stay home;
    • separating and sending home employees who appear to have respiratory illness symptoms;
    • adopting and enforcing regular and proper hand-washing hygiene protocols; and
    • daily screening of employees and volunteers for COVID-19 symptoms before beginning the shift.
  • Retail businesses should limit the number of customers in their store to no greater than 50% of store capacity and disinfect high-contact surfaces.
  • See the Safer at Home Plan here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 4
  • Mayor Lucas announced that an updated order will be released taking effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 6, 2020. The new order allows for certain business activities to resume while ensuring necessary public health measures will remain in place. Under the order, non-essential businesses that are not open to the public may resume operations with workers maintaining social distancing.
  • Businesses must record names, contact information, and entry and exit time of everyone on premises for more than 10 minutes. This is called the “10/10/10 rule.”
  • Show Me Strong Recovery Plan
  • Kansas City, MO Soft Re-opening Executive Order. Will take into effect May 6. Guidelines for a safe reopening in Kansas City.
  • St. Louis City issued Order #8 adopting Phase 1 of a re-opening plan with specific guidance for each industry. 
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 24
  • Governor Bullock issued a Directive that extends the stay at home order for individuals and businesses until April 26 and April 27 respectively. Additionally, the Directive includes a plan for re-opening the economy. Phase one is set to begin on April 26 for individuals and April 27 for businesses. Phase one allows certain non-essential businesses to resume operations, with certain requirements like health assessments and social distancing.
  • Phase 2 will commence on June 1st. See the full re-opening plan here.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: My 4 OR May 11
  • See County- by-County reopening plan here.
  • May 4: The less restrictive DHM will take effect on May 4th in the following health department regions:
    • Douglas County Health Dept.
    • Sarpy/Cass Dept. of Health
    • East Central District Health Dept.
    • Four Corners Health Dept.
    • Loup Basin Public Health Dept.
    • North Central District Health Dept.
    • Northeast Nebraska Public Health Dept.
    • Panhandle Public Health District
    • Southeast District Health Dept.
    • Southwest Nebraska Public Health District
  • May 11: Governor Ricketts announced the extension of the state’s existing Directed Health Measures (DHM) for the following areas until May 11:
    • Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Dept.
    • West Central District Health Dept.
    • Three Rivers Public Health Dept.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 15
  • Governor Sisolak announced the release of the “Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery” plan designed to build a path forward and safely restart Nevada’s economy. The roadmap outlines a coordinated, state-specific plan to address the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis.
  • Find NV OSHA guidance here. 
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 15
  • Governor Lujan issued Executive Order 2020-026 to extend the statewide public health emergency and pave the way for a modified Public Health Order (“PHO”) maintaining stay-at-home restrictions.
  • The governor and state health officials outlined potential additional relaxations that could occur upon the expiration of the amended health order. These prospective relaxations – which will be evaluated by the governor’s Economy Recovery Council and supported by findings of Cabinet-led subcommittees on specific industries – are dependent upon increasingly positive trends in COVID-19 illness and transmission data as determined by the state’s “gating criteria.
New York
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 15
  • An order imposed by Gov. Cuomo requires workers at essential businesses to wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public, and for businesses to provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This requirement is in effect through May 12.
  • Gov. Cuomo has outlined his “New York Forward” plan that would begin phased reopening of the state. Gov. Cuomo has indicated that manufacturing and construction in some parts of the state would be among those permitted to resume operations more quickly under an initial phase.
  • Details of each phase.
  • Guidelines to re-open safely.
  • New York State has issued industry-specific interim guidance for “Phase 2” businesses, which includes a number of “minimum requirements” certain businesses must meet before reopening their workplaces in light of COVID-19.
North Carolina
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 8
  • Governor Cooper laid out the path forward centered on three things: testing, tracing and trends.
  • Staying Ahead of the Curve Plan
  • Phase 1 Re-openings:
    • Modify the Stay At Home order allow travel not currently defined as essential allowing people to leave home for commercial activity at any business that is allowed to be open, such as clothing stores, sporting goods stores, book shops, houseware stores and other retailers.
    • Ensure that any open stores implement appropriate employee and consumer social distancing, enhanced hygiene and cleaning protocols, symptom screening of employees, accommodations for vulnerable workers, and provide education to employees and workers to combat misinformation
    • Continue to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people
    • Reopen parks that have been closed subject to the same gathering limitation. Outdoor exercise will continue to be encouraged.
    • Continue to recommend face coverings in public spaces when 6 feet of distancing isn’t possible
    • Encourage employers to continue teleworking policies
    • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings
    • Local emergency orders with more restrictive measures may remain in place.
  • Full 3-Phase Plan to Re-open
North Dakota
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: Original order has expired and replace with reopening procedures.
  • Gov. Burgum issued an executive order with smart restart protocols for businesses resuming or continuing operations. Governor Burgum provided additional guidance for businesses who are reopening.
  • Businesses reopening must adhere to both the universal protocols as well as industry specific standards.
  • North Dakota Smart Restart
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: Original order has expired. The state has issued a restart plan to includes a phased in approach until May 29th.
  • The Ohio Department of Health has issued a Stay Safe Ohio Order. The new order, which incorporates the openings of businesses and services announced as part of the Responsible Restart Ohio plan, will replace the previous "Stay at Home" order, which expires at 11:59 p.m. on May 1 and will be in effect till May 29. Businesses must allow all customers, patrons, visitors, contractors, vendors and similar individuals to use facial coverings, except for specifically documented legal, life, health or safety considerations and limited documented security considerations. Businesses must require all employees to wear facial coverings. Businesses must provide written justification, upon request, explaining why an employee is not required to wear a facial covering in the workplace. At a minimum, facial coverings (masks) should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual's nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Manufacturing, distribution and construction businesses that were ordered to cease all activities pursuant to the April 2, 2020. On May 4, 2020, they may reopen, subject to the Sector Specific COVID19 Information and Checklist for Businesses
  • Stay Safe Ohio Executive Order.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: Order has expired. Phased reopening through May 15th.
  • Phase 1 of Governor Stitt’s three phase plan to reopen Oklahoma went into full effect today. If hospital and incident rates remain at a manageable level for 14 days Oklahoma will move into Phase 2 with the goal of doing so on May 15. Phase 1 of Governor Stitt’s plan includes the following employer guidance:
    • Create plans to allow employees to return to work in phases
    • Close common areas or enforce social distancing protocols
    • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines and Executive Orders regarding isolation following travel
    • Honor requests of personnel who are members of a vulnerable population for special accommodations
  • Open Up and Recovery Safely (OURS) Plan
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: Until Further Notice
  • Governor Brown announced a plan for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, two foundational elements of her framework for reopening Oregon safely. Ensuring adequate testing capacity and contact tracing will allow Oregon’s health care system to effectively identify and treat new cases of COVID-19, trace contacts with new cases to identify those at risk for infection and contain new outbreaks before community spread can occur.
  • Employers in certain businesses must require employees, contractors, and volunteers to wear a mask, face covering. See details here.  
  • Key elements of the plan include:
    • Voluntary, widespread testing in partnership with OHSU
    • Unified coordination between all hospital labs to optimize Oregon’s available testing capacity, acting as one statewide system which will allocate resources to meet the state’s testing needs in every region
    • A focus on collecting data to serve at-risk communities
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 8th
  • Governor Wolf announced twenty-four counties would begin to reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday May 8.
  • On Monday, May 4, the administration will release guidance for businesses permitted to reopen on May 8 in the twenty-four counties. But Governor Wolf’s administration has already announced that telework must continue where feasible and businesses with in-person operations will continue to be required to follow business and building safety orders. While the stay-at-home order will be lifted, restaurants will continue to be limited to carry out and delivery only and indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities and personal care services (like gyms, spas, and hair salons), and all entertainment (such as casinos and theaters) will remain closed.
  • The counties included are: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.
  • Businesses that are considered “life-sustaining” under determinations made by the state of Pennsylvania are permitted to continue operating. Manufacturers in Pennsylvania are also currently operating under several additional requirements, including a requirement that companies that are maintaining operations in Pennsylvania to provide masks for employees to wear during the normal course of daily operations. Current orders also require businesses to stagger work and break start and stop times, limit access to common areas and enforce social distancing within break spaces, conduct meetings virtually, provide employees with access to regular handwashing, and prohibit visits by non-essential persons. Current orders also make detailed requirements of businesses that have been exposed to a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, including:  
    • Closing off and ventilating areas visited by an infected person for 24 hours before disinfecting those areas
    • Identifying employees who were in close contact with a possibly infected person, notify them of such, monitor them for symptoms and dispatch them from work if they become sick, and implement CDC guidance for employees who interacted with an infected person
    • Implementing temperature screenings before work or work shifts, and
    • Sending home employees with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit 
Rhode Island
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 8th
  • Governor Raimondo unveiled Rhode Island’s three phase “Reopen RI” framework on April 27, 2020.
  • Phase 1: The stay at home order will be lifted, but social gatherings will be limited to 10 people. Older adults (people 65 and older) and those with underlying health conditions will be able to go to work and to get food or medicine. But in accordance with federal public health guidance, vulnerable individuals will be strongly encouraged to otherwise stay home. Masks, vigilant hand-washing, and increased cleaning must remain in place. And everyone who can work from home should still work from home. All activities must account for strong social distancing guidelines of remaining 6-feet apart.
  • Phase 2: More businesses will be allowed to reopen. Expanded childcare options will be available under strict public health guidelines. More restaurants, retail and close-contact businesses like hair and nail salons may open. Additional recreational options will likely return, but restrictions will remain. Social gathering limits will increase to 15 people.
  • Phase 3: Social gatherings will be limited to 50 people. Offices, restaurants, retail and other businesses will lift some of the tightest restrictions to allow more people in at one time but will need to operate under long-term safety guidelines. All activities must account for strong social distancing guidelines of remaining 6-feet apart.
South Carolina
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 12th
  • Residents shall stay home except for certain essential activities or to work at essential businesses or critical infrastructure operations, which include many manufacturers and distributors. Businesses that need clarification on their status as essential or critical may request clarification from the S.C. Department of Commerce. Any business remaining open should facilitate social distancing, self-isolation, and telecommuting.
  • Similar orders are in effect for the Cities of Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia.
  • Accelerate SC plan to reopen
South Dakota
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 2nd
  • Gov. Noem announced a “Back to Normal” plan that mandates hygiene and sanitization, leave for sick workers, telework, and employee health screenings where appropriate.
  • The new plan requires businesses to resume operations which permit social distancing and limited occupancy in enclosed spaces. It also directs employers to begin transitioning remote workers back into the office and require sick employees to remain home. Finally, individual citizens are encouraged to maintain good hygiene, social distancing, and to stay home when sick.
  • Back to Normal Plan
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 24th
  • Tennesseans and businesses are permitted to return to work in all industries where that can be safely accomplished by following health guidelines, while urging employers to allow or require remote work/telework if possible. All employers and businesses that choose to open are expected to comply with the Governor’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG) Guidelines for operating safely, as well as general health guidelines from the CDC and other government entities.
  • Shelby County, the City of Memphis and surrounding municipalities announced that they will being phase 1 of their Back to Business framework on Monday, May 4, 2020.
  • Phase One includes:
    • Operations remain status quo for entities currently deemed essential, provided they continue to meet the CCP conditions.
    • Entities currently deemed non-essential, which have limited personal contact between staff and/or visitors, may re-open facilities with restrictions and limited occupancy as outlined in the sector-specific framework. This includes restaurants and gyms/fitness facilities.
    • Purposeful groups of more than 10 are not permitted.
    • Indoor and outdoor facilities and public spaces may open for general recreation and non-contact sports subject to the restrictions of the CCP.
    • Non-essential manufacturers/distributors, as well as offices and call centers, may re-open with restrictions and limited occupancy as outlined in the sector-specific framework.
    • Elective medical procedures that are deemed medically necessary may resume.
  • Nashville and Davidson Counties: The Safer at Home Order for Nashville and Davidson County extends through May 8, 2020. On May 1, 2020, the Chief Medical Director for Nashville and Davidson County issued Order 4, directing citizens to wear a cloth face covering or mask to cover their nose and mouth whenever in a community setting. The Order notes that face coverings or masks are not a substitute for social distancing and advises that they should not be placed on children under the age of 2 or when it would be contrary to the wearer’s health or safety. The Order also directs businesses to post conspicuous signage at all public entrances advising them of the need to wear masks. Order 4 is effective May 1 through May 31, 2020.
  • Knoxville and Knox County are beginning their gradual reopening of business May 1, 2020. Knoxville and Knox County have adopted a three phase approach, each phase will last at least 28 days.
  • Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee
  • Executive Order 30 allows for general return to work starting on April 29, 2020. The order strongly encourages and expects businesses to follow all applicable health guidelines adopted by the Governor’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG) which provides general and industry specific guidelines.
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: Until Further Notice
  • The Utah Department of Health rescinded its earlier statewide restrictions on elective surgeries and procedures, effective immediately.
  • Utah Leads Together
  • Utah Leads Together 2.0 Report
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: April 15th
  • Residents shall stay home except for limited exceptions. Only certain critical businesses may remain open, including in the areas of "food and animal feed manufacturing, processing and supply, pharmaceuticals, and other manufacturing necessary to support the COVID-19 response as well as economic and national security." Businesses seeking clarification may submit an online form.
  • Governor Scott announced the state would be implementing more stringent COVID-19 testing and contact tracing measures.
  • Restart VT plan
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: June 10th
  • Governor Northam announced that hospitals and dentists will be allowed to resume non-emergency procedures as of midnight Thursday, April 30. This allows dentist offices to reopen for all appointments, rather than just emergencies, and veterinarian offices to fully reopen as well.
  • Forward Virginia: plan to reopen  
    • Phase 1 for Northern VA begins May 29 

    • Phase 1 for the rest of the Common wealth begins May 15 

    • Find Summaries of each Phase here.

  • Forward Virginia Announcement
  • Virginia’s temporary stay-at-home order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020 across the entire Commonwealth. In addition, the vast majority of Virginia’s counties, cities, and towns will enter “Phase Two” of that state’s previously outlined three-phase reopening protocol on Friday, June 5, 2020. Northern Virginia and Richmond will remain in Phase 1 for the time being.
Virgin Islands
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 4
  • Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. issued an executive order lifting the territory-wide stay-at-home order effective May 4, 2020.
  • Employers are directed to encourage frequent breaks to allow handwashing and to require employees to remain at home “when showing any signs or symptoms of sickness.” When possible, employers should establish shifts to reduce the number of employees in contact with each other and operate with the recommended social distancing of six feet or more between individuals. Employers should allow employees who are “not critical to in-person operations” or “not essential” to continue working remotely when possible.
  • Effective May 4, 2020, employees are required to wear face coverings or masks during customer interactions and “whenever possible” during other work activities. All patrons are required to wear face coverings or masks when entering a business.
  • Face coverings also are required to be worn in non-business settings whenever a gathering consists of individuals who are not members of the same household.
West Virginia
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: Until Further Notice
  • On April 29, Governor Justice provided additional clarification on the Governor’s six-week plan to reopen the state The “Week 1” phase of re-openings began Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.
  • The “Week 2” phase of re-openings are scheduled to begin Monday, May 4, 2020. This includes small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, restaurants with takeaway service or outdoor dining options, religious entities and funeral homes, and professional service businesses such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, and pet grooming.
  • West Virginia Strong—The Comeback
  • Stay at Home Order Expiration Date: May 26th
  • Gov. Evers first imposed a stay at home order on March 23 which adopts the federal CISA guidelines for essential businesses. The order adds additional language exempting manufacturing. Looking ahead to a phased reopening, Gov. Evers has issued a “Badger Bounce Back” plan that outlines different phases of reopening for Wisconsin and how business conditions in the state might change, however, no elements of this plan have been implemented.
  • Badger Bounce Back
  • Plan in Brief
  • Health Services Page
  • The state’s stay at home order has expired.
  • Governor Gordon’s new order requires that certain businesses must remain closed unless the state health officer and health officer for the business’s respective county approves a “countywide variance order.” The businesses which must remain closed are as follows: (1) restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, etc. offering on-site consumption; (2) bars, taverns, wineries, etc. offering on-site consumption: (3) cigar bars; and (4) movie theaters, concert halls, opera houses, etc.
  • Other businesses may be allowed to reopen however, there are strict requirements in place regarding employee monitoring and social distancing.
  • Transition Plan for a Healthy Wyoming