Bouncing Back (and Forth): Statewide Reopening and Mitigation Steps (UPDATED)



As the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, government officials at all levels are reevaluating their health and safety protocols and adjusting workplace guidance based on ever-shifting case and vaccination metrics. While all states had begun reopening last year, rising cases caused many jurisdictions to either pause their progress, or return to more restrictive measures in early 2021. Jurisdictions across the country have progressed and regressed by implementing different measures, on different timetables – resulting in a patchwork that continues to be particularly challenging for multistate employers.

As vaccination rates increase, and hospitalizations decrease, jurisdictions are announcing plans for more robust - and hopefully permanent - reopening steps.

The chart below provides links to key reopening orders and/or mitigation measures issued in recent weeks, at the statewide level. Employers should bear in mind that these materials typically offer detailed instructions, which often vary by industry. As a result, it is important to review each order along with any corresponding official guidance to get a complete picture of all requirements and how they may impact each employer’s operations. We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.

Employers might also wish to review our interactive reopening map, as well as our other posts summarizing statewide guidance on vaccination plansface coverings, and employee health screenings.

Note that this chart does not cover orders or guidance issued at the local level. Employers should consult with counsel for our additional resources on orders that may apply to their operations.

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Specific Orders, Guidance

Last Updated




What's New at the CDC

U.S. CDC - Critical Infrastructure Sector Response Planning (11/16/20)

U.S. OSHA - FAQs on Face Coverings 

U.S. CDC - Quarantine Options (12/2/20)

U.S. CDC - Guidance for Businesses and Employers (rev. 3/8/21)

U.S. CDC - Workplaces and Businesses (rev. 4/22/21)

U.S. OSHA - National Emphasis Program & Enforcement Response Plan (3/12/21)

U.S. CDC - Workplace Vaccination Programs Guidance (3/25/21)

U.S. CDC - Updated Travel Guidance for Vaccinated People (4/2/21)

U.S. OSHA - General FAQs  

U.S. DOL - Essential Workers, Essential Protections Initiative (4/26/21)

U.S. CDC - Mask Order - Transportation (1/29/21) - Extended through 9/13/21 (4/30/21)

U.S. CDC - When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated (revised 5/16/21)

U.S. OSHA - FAQs on Recordability of Adverse Actions to Vaccines (5/21/21)

U.S. CDC - Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps (5/28/21)

U.S. CDC - Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (revised 5/28/21)

U.S. CDC - Choosing Safer Activities (updated 5/28/21)

U.S. EEOC - Announcement of Updated What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws (5/28/21) 

U.S. OSHA - Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (updated 6/10/21); Executive Summary

U.S. OSHA - Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare; Regulatory Text; FAQs; and Fact Sheet (6/10/21)



Safer Apart Order expired 5/31/21

Proclamation and Amended Safer Apart Order (5/3/21)

Announcement re: Signature of SB 267 (5/24/21)

Announcement re: Confirming Safe Apart Order Expiration

Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses 

List of All Orders and Guidelines



No statewide mitigation measures

Travel Health Advisories updated 4/26/21

Disaster declaration terminated 4/30/21

Safe Travels page and portal

Alaska COVID Page and FAQs

Response and Recovery Health Advisories

Health Advisory No. 1: Recommendations for Keeping Alaskans Safe (2/14/21)

Health Advisory No. 2: International and Interstate Travel (updated 4/26/21)

Health Advisory No. 3: Intrastate Travel (updated 4/26/21) 

Updated Health Advisory No. 4: Critical Infrastructure (updated 5/27/21) (appendices here)

Proclamation (terminating disaster declaration) (4/30/21)

Industry-Specific Guidance Materials (updated periodically)



Restrictions eased as of 3/5/21

Additional restrictions eased - and business requirements made advisory - as of 3/25/21

Executive Order 2021-05 - Easing Restrictions (3/5/21)

Executive Order 2021-06 - Lifting Restrictions, Some Prior Orders (3/25/21) 

Department of Health Services - Orders and Guidance for Reopening Businesses



Restrictions eased as of 3/1/21; most directives now recommended rather than required

Emergency declaration expired 5/30/21

Executive Order 21-03 (2/26/21)

Executive Order 21-07 (3/31/21) (extension of emergency, prior orders)

List of all COVID-19 Health Directives and Guidances - Timeline and Resources 



Updated guidance effective 6/15/21

New public health order issued, along with updated executive orders

Business restrictions lifted 6/15/21

Workplace regulations updated 6/17/21

Interim Indoor Ventilation Guidance (2/26/21)

All California Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance Documents 

California Blueprint Data Chart with Current County Status (found here; retired on 6/15/21)

Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk (updated 6/15/21)

Activity and Business Tiers Chart (updated 5/18/21; retired 6/15/21)

Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (updated periodically)

Announcement re: Beyond the Blueprint Guidance for Industry and Business Sectors (5/21/21)

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Updated Requirements for All Industries after June 15 (6/2/21)

Announcement re: Updated Testing Guidance (6/7/21)

Emergency Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Regulation (adopted 11/19/20) & FAQs (updated 5/5/21)

Announcement re: Withdrawal of Proposed Revised Emergency Temporary Standards (6/9/21)

Proposed Revisions to Emergency Temporary Standards (6/11/21) (to be considered by Board on 6/17/21, as explained here) and FAQs

Announcement re: State Public Health Officer Order Effective 6/15/21 (6/11/21)

Executive Order N-07-21 (6/11/21) (retiring Blueprint order as of 6/15/21)

Executive Order N-08-21 (6/11/21) (setting timeframe for expiration of certain provisions in prior orders)

Announcement re: Adopted Revisions to Emergency Temporary Standards (6/17/21)

All Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

Cal/OSHA Summary of Revisions to ETS (6/16/21)

Executive Order N-09-21 (6/17/21) (making revised ETS effective immediately)

Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards (6/14/21)

Safely reopening California” page



Mitigation measures vary across counties

Tenth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 and Summary of Changes (4/4/21)

Safer at Home Industry Guidance

Dial Dashboard (including search function) and Local Variances

Executive Order D 2021-095 (extending various orders) (5/2/21)

Amended Public Health Order 20-38: Limited Restrictions (5/2/21)

Third Amended Public Health Order 20-38 (5/31/21) (amending face covering requirements)

Executive Order 2021 114 (6/11/21) (extending emergency for 30 days)



Full reopening of all sectors (with distancing) as of 5/19/21; coordinated reopening with New Jersey and New York 

Announcement re: Timeframe for Lifting Restrictions (4/16/21)

Executive Order No. 11 (extending a series of prior orders) (4/20/21)

Executive Order No. 11A (extending sector rules and enforcement authority) (4/20/21)

Executive Order No. 11B (consolidating flexibilities concerning liquor sales) (4/20/21)

Executive Order No. 11F (alcohol service outdoors) (4/30/21)

County COVID-19 Alert Map (updated weekly)

Full List of Sector Rules and Self-Certification for Reopening 

Executive Order No. 12B (extending certain prior orders) (5/20/21)

Reopening Plan for 5/19/21 Coordinated with New Jersey and New York (5/3/21)

All Executive Orders 



Mitigation measures in place 

Capacity restrictions lifted as of 5/21/21

Emergency lifting 7/13/21

Phase Two General and Industry-Specific Guidelines

Reopening Status and All Guidance

27th Modification of State of Emergency (updated as amended)

Announcement re: Capacity Limits Lifting on 5/21/21 (5/4/21)

28th Modification of State of Emergency (5/12/21) (lifting restrictions on 5/21/21)

29th Modification of State of Emergency (5/18/21)

First Revision to the 29th Modification (6/15/21)


District of Columbia

Most business/capacity restrictions lifted 5/21/21, with all lifted as of 6/11/21

Announcement re: Some Restrictions Likely to Ease 5/1/21 (4/5/21)

Announcement re: Restrictions Easing on 5/1/21 (4/26/21)

Announcement re: Business Restrictions Lifting 5/21/21, with All Lifted 6/11/21 (5/10/21)

Mayor's Order 2021-069 (5/17/21)

Updated Phase Two Information and Guidelines (revised periodically)



No statewide mitigation measures

Executive Order 20-244 (9/25/20) (Phase 3; restaurants)

Executive Order 20-297 (11/24/20) (extending Order 20-244)

Executive Order 21-94 (4/27/21) (extending emergency)

Executive Order 21-101 (5/3/21) (invalidating any remaining local emergency orders as of 7/1/21)

Executive Order 21-102 (5/3/21) (eliminating all local mitigation measures, and amending Order 20-244, immediately)

Executive Order 21-116 (5/13/21) (extending temporary reprieve/clemency for violations of local orders)

All COVID-19-Related Orders



Restrictions further eased as of 5/31/21

Current Empowering a Healthy Georgia order extended through 6/22/21

Executive Order (, amending Empowering a Healthy Georgia)

Executive Order (, further amending Empowering a Healthy Georgia through 6/15/21)

Executive Order (, extending emergency to 6/29/21)

Executive Order (, amending and extending Empowering a Healthy Georgia order through 6/22/21)

Guidelines for Businesses



Act with Care Stage of Reopening Framework

Timeline for lifting travel restrictions

Framework for lifting other restrictions

Hawaii COVID-19 Page; and Travel Information and Approved Travel Partners

Safe Travels Digital Platform; Getting to Hawaii Information Page

Nineteenth Proclamation (4/9/21) (effective through 6/8/21)

Twentieth Proclamation (5/7/21) (amending inter-county travel)

Announcement re: Update to Travel Protocol for Vaccinated People (4/20/21)

Announcement re: Updates on Masks, Ocean Sports (5/25/21)

Announcement re: Timeline/Goals for Lifting Travel Restrictions (6/4/21)

Announcement re: Benchmarks for Lifting Gathering/Other Limitations (6/7/21)

Twenty-First Proclamation (6/7/21) (adjusting travel restrictions)

Updated Travel FAQs



Progressed to Stage 4 of Idaho Rebounds framework

Stage 3 Stay Healthy Guidelines (2/2/21) (rescinded prior order)

Proclamation Extending Emergency (4/23/21)

Stay Healthy Guidelines - Stage 4 (5/11/21)

Business-specific protocols for opening and stages of reopening



Reopening confirmed for 6/11/21; all regions in Phase 5 (reopened)

Updated Mitigation Plan (1/15/21)

Executive Order 2021-03 (1/19/21) (metrics for progression)

Announcement re: "Bridge Phase" between Phases 4 and 5 (3/18/21)

General Business Toolkit (posters, checklists, etc.)

Announcement re: Move to Bridge Phase, Timing of Phase 5 (5/13/21)

Announcement re: Orders Will Conform to Updated CDC Guidance (5/13/21)

Executive Order 2021-10 - Bridge Phase (5/17/21)

Exceutive Order 2021-11 (5/28/21) (extending prior orders)

Announcement re: Reopening/Phase 5 Guidelines (6/4/21)

Announcement re: Reopening on 6/11/21 Confirmed (6/10/21)

Regional Phase Dashboard

Executive Order 2021-12 (Phase Five Reopening) (6/11/21)

All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations



Statewide restrictions eased as of 4/6/21

What's Open, What's Closed?

Back on Track General & Industry Guidelines

Executive Order 21-12 - Extending measures through 5/31/21 (4/29/21)

Executive Order 21-11 - Extending emergency, measures through 5/31/21 (4/29/21)

Executive Order 21-15 - Rescinding various prior orders (5/28/21)

Executive Order 21-14 - Extending emergency to 7/1/21 (5/28/21)

Executive Order 21-15 - Renewed Health and Welfare Provisions (5/28/21)

Map of County Status



Mitigation measures eased as of 2/7/21

Proclamation and Summary (relaxing several mitgation measures) (2/5/21)

Proclamation (extending emergency through 5/30/21) (4/30/21)

Proclamation (extending emergency through 6/26/21) (5/27/21)

Iowa Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance



No statewide mitigation measures

Announcement re: SB 40 Enacted - Extending Emergency, Orders Pending (3/24/21)

Announcement re: Series of Orders Renewed (4/1/21)

Announcement re: Orders Will Conform to Updated CDC Guidance (5/13/21)

Announcement re: Extension of Emergency to 6/15/21 (5/28/21)

Announcement re: Order Rescinding Various Prior Orders (6/14/21)



Full reopening as of 6/11/21

Updated general business guidance effective 6/11/21

Minimum Requirements for All Entities

Recommended Actions for Red Zone CountiesIncidence Rate Maps

Announcement re: Simplified Healthy at Work Requirements (4/19/21)

Supplemental guidance applicable to health care facilities; wedding, funeral or memorial service venues; restaurants and bars; pools and bathing facilities; and gyms, sports and exercise activities (4/19/21)

Announcement re: Capacity Restrictions Easing on 5/28/21 (5/6/21) 

Announcement re: Bar & Restaurant Curfew, Seating Restrictions Easing on 5/28/21 (5/10/21)

Announcement re: Orders Will Conform to Updated CDC Guidance; and Executive Order 2021-326 (5/13/21)

Announcement re: Full Repening Set for 6/11/21 (5/14/21)

Kentucky Healthy at Work Site (Benchmarks, Calendar, All Industry Guidelines, All Executive Orders, etc.)

Executive Order 2021-386 (lifting capacity limits, etc) (6/11/21)

Healthy at Work - Guidance for All Entities

Healthy at Work - Supplemental Guidance for Healthcare Facilities



Business restrictions lifted as of 5/26/21

Proclamation 79-JBE-2021 (4/27/21) (Easing Restrictions through 5/26/21)

Guidance - Can This Business Open?

Louisiana Department of Health News and Orders

Link to Register with Open Safely LA

List of Louisiana State Fire Marshal (Open Safely LA) Guidance for All Industries

Proclamation 93-JBE-2021 (5/25/21) (lifting restrictions)



Acceleration of Moving Maine Forward Steps, effective as of 5/24/21

Certain distancing rules also lifted as of 5/24/21

Executive Order No. 35 FY 20/21 (Moving Maine Forward plan; travel update) (3/5/21)

Maine CDC FAQs

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists for Businesses Reopening (updated 2/12/21)

Announcement re: Accelerated Reopening Steps Effective 5/24/21 (5/13/21)

Announcement re: Adoption of CDC Mask Guidance; Specified Physical Distancing Limits Also Lifting (5/14/21)

Updated PK-12 and Adult Education Public Health Guidance (6/9/21)

Announcement re: Emergency & Remaining Face Mask Requirements Expiring 6/30/21 (6/11/21)



Capacity restrictions lifted as of 5/15/21

Emergency, and all statewide restrictions, scheduled to expire as of 7/1/21

Executive Order 21-05-12-01 (5/12/21) (Lifting Capacity Limits) and Health Advisory Guidance 

Executive Order 21-05-12-02 (5/12/21) (Enabling Alternative Alcohol Services) 

HB 581 - Requiring Employers to Take Health and Safety Actions

Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

General Business Best Practices

Proclamation Extending Emergency (6/12/21)

Announcement re: Emergency and All Statewide Restrictions Lifting 7/1/21 (6/15/21)

Executive Order 21-06-15-01 (6/15/21) (Lifting Mandates and Emergency 7/1/21) and FAQs



All restrictions lifted as of 5/29/21

State of emergency expired as of 6/15/21

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Orders

When can my business reopen?

Sector-specific Protocols and Best Practices

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Regulations

Announcement re: Reopening Steps on 5/10/21 and 5/29/21, with Full Reopening on 8/1/21 (4/27/21)

COVID-19 Order No. 68 - Progressing to Phase IV, Step 2 (5/7/21)

Announcement re: All Restrictions Lifting on 5/29/21 (5/17/21)

Announcement re: Issuance of Orders: COVID-19 Order No. 69 (lifting restrictions) and Modified Public Health Emergency (5/28/21)

Announcement re: Emergency Expired & Health Care Industry Orders Issued (6/15/21)



MI Vacc to Normal Plan for Reopening

Revised order effective from 6/1/21 through 7/1/21

Amended MIOSHA rules in effect 

Capacity limits eased as of 6/1/21

Orders rescinded, capacity limits lifting, as of 6/22/21

HB 6032 (Antiretaliation protections/post-exposure return to work protocol) (10/22/20); amended by SB 1258 (12/30/20)

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance Site

Keeping a Safe Workplace

MIOSHA Emergency Rules - Currently Extended Through 10/14/21 - and Related Materials (4/10/21)

Announcement re: MI Vacc to Normal Plan for Reopening (4/29/21)

Announcement re: 55% Milestone Reached; In-person Work for All Sectors Resumes 5/24/21 (5/10/21)

Vaccination Progress Tracker

Announcement re: Accelerated Lifting of Certain Capacity Limits (5/20/21)

Revised MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order (effective 6/1/21 to 7/1/21); Updated Infographic (5/24/21); FAQs; Interim Guidance for Athletics

Announcement re: issuance of Amended MIOSHA Emergency Rules (expiring 10/14/21)

Announcement re: Capacity Limits Eased 6/1/21 Due to Vacc to Normal Progress (6/1/21)

Amended Order for Agricultural Employers and Housing Operators (6/11/21)

Announcement re: Lifting of Capacity and Gathering Limits, and Certain Orders on 6/22/21 (6/17/21)

All MDHHS COVID-19 Orders



Full reopening timeline announced, with Step 1 effective as of 5/7/21; all statewide restrictions to be lifted no later than 7/1/21

Guidance on Safely Reopening Minnesota Businesses

COVID Preparedness Plan Information

Businesses amd Employers Page

Announcement re: Timeline for Lifting of Statewide Restrictions (5/6/21)

Executive Order 21-21 (formalizing reopening timeline) (5/6/21)

Executive Order 21-23 (amending distancing and mask provisions) (5/14/21)

Emergency Executive Order 21-24 (extending emergency to 7/14/21) (6/14/21)

Stay Safe MN Industry Guidance Library (updated periodically)



Most restrictions are no longer mandatory

Executive Order 1549 - Converting Requirements into Recommendations; Lifting Restrictions (3/2/21)

Executive Order 1550 - Extending emergency, expanding venue capacity (3/31/21)

Executive Order 1551 - Lifting capacity limits (4/30/21)

Mississippi State Department of Health Guidance for Individuals and Businesses



No statewide mitigation measures

Phase 1 Extension Order (5/28/20) and Announcement

Executive Order 20-12 - Phase 2 (6/11/20) and Announcement

Executive Order 21-07 - Extending Emergency (3/26/21)



Restrictions further eased as of 2/12/21

Executive Order No. 2-2021 (reestablishing emergency) (1/13/21)

Directive Implementing Executive Order No. 2-2021 (easing restrictions as of 1/15/21) (1/13/21)

Updated Directive Implementing Executive Order No. 2-2021 (superseding prior orders, eliminating phased approach, easing restrictions)

Montana COVID FAQs Page



All DHMs expired as of 5/24/21

State Overview and DHHS COVID-19 Site

COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents

Updated Events, Services, and Business Guidance (3/16/21)

Summary Table of Color-Coded Phases

All County Directed Health Measures with Effective Dates (now expired)

Announcement re: All DHMs Expired as of 5/24/21 (5/24/21)



Current Status and List of Endorsed County Mitigation Plans

Summary of Transition Steps Planned for 5/1/21 and 6/1/21 

Directive 044 - Formalizing Reopening Transition Steps (4/19/21)

Task Force Assessments - Including Reviews of County Mitigation Plans

Governor Directives and Declarations 

Announcement re: All County Mitigation Plans Endorsed (5/3/21)

Announcement re: Mask Mandate Lifted, Consult Local Plans (5/13/21)

Current Status: Mitigation Measures - List & Summary of All Endorsed County Mitigation Plans


New Hampshire

Business restrictions lifted as of 5/7/21

State of emergency expired on 6/11/21

Emergency Order #90 (4/16/21) (renewal through 5/7/21 - at which point business restrictions were lifted)

Executive Order 2021-08 (5/7/21) (extending state of emergency)

Universal and Industry-Specific Business Guidance under Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Schedule with General and Specific Guidance

Updated Universal Best Practices Guidance (effective 5/7/21); Summer Camp Guidance

Executive Order 2021-10 (5/28/21) (extending emergency for 14 days)


New Jersey

Additional changes effective as of 5/28/21, with some restrictions lifting further on 6/4/21

Indoor workspaces may reopen as of 6/4/21

Executive Order No. 192 - Workplace Safety Standards (10/28/20)

Executive Order No. 238 (Easing More Restrictions as of 5/7/21 - instead of 5/10/21) (5/3/21)

Announcement re: Reopening Plan for 5/19/21 Coordinated with Connecticut and New York (5/3/21)

Executive Order No. 239 (Steps Effective 5/19/21) (5/12/21)

Announcements re: School Plans and Travel Advisory (5/17/21)

Executive Order No. 242 (5/24/21)

Executive Order No. 243 (5/26/21) (lifting telework requirement)

Administrative Order 2021-2 (6/1/21) (rescinding prior order prohibiting in-home personal care services)

Announcement re: All Indoor Gathering Limits Lifting 6/4/21 (6/2/21)

Announcement re: Emergency Expended to End 6/4/21 (6/3/21)

Announcement re: Signing of Legislation Lifting Emergency and Executive Order No. 244 (6/4/21)

New Jersey FAQ with Reopening Schedule and Guidance, and All FAQs


New Mexico

County-specific framework with mitigation measures in place 

Most counties at Turquoise Level

Department of Health Safe Practices Site

New Mexico Safe Certification Training Program

Announcement re: County Level Updates (5/5/21)

Amended Public Health Order - Clarifying Framework, in Effect through 6/11/21 (4/28/21)

Executive Order 2021-23 (extending emergency to 6/25/21) (5/28/21)

Amended Public Health Order - Clarifying Framework, in Effect through 6/30/21 (6/2/21)

County-Level Dashboard / Red to Green Framework Site 

All COVID Public Health and Executive Orders


New York

Restrictions that remain lifting when 70% of adult residents have received their first dose

All statewide commercial and social restrictions lifted on 6/15/21

Announcement re: Leave Time for Vaccinations (3/12/21)

Announcement re: "Excelsior Pass" (3/26/21)

Announcement re: Easing Limits for NYC Businesses; Rescinding Micro-Cluster Zone Strategy (4/30/21)

Announcement re: Significant Easing of Restrictions as of 5/19/21 Coordinated with Connecticut and New Jersey (5/3/21)

Announcement re: Signing of the HERO Act (requiring creation of workplace airborne infectious disease safety standard) (5/5/21)

Announcements re: Updated Guidelines Coming and Fairs and Festivals (5/17/21)

Executive Orders No. 202.107 (5/10/21) and No. 202.108 (5/17/21) (relaxing certain capacity limits)

Executive Order No. 202.109 (5/25/21) (extending emergency)

Announcement re: Indoor Dining Curfew Lifted (6/1/21)

Executive Order No. 202.110 (6/5/21) (extending existing 2020 orders to 7/5/21)

Announcement re: Restrictions Lifting When Hit 70% Vaccination Rate (6/7/21)

SB 6768 Signed (6/11/21) (requiring officials to create a model airborne infectious disease exposure prevention standard for workplaces)

Announcement re: Capacity and Gathering Restrictions Lifted (6/15/21)

List of COVID-19 Executive OrdersExecutive Orders Page

New York Forward (guidance, etc.)


North Carolina

Specific measures extended to 7/30/21

Announcement re: June 1 Reopening Goal (4/21/20)

Executive Order No. 209 (Easing Restrictions) and FAQs (4/28/21)

Executive Order No. 210 (alcohol delivery/carry-out) (4/29/21)

Executive Order No. 215 (lifting distancing requirements and gathering limits) and FAQs (5/14/21)

Executive Order No. 220 (extending certain measures through 7/30/21) (6/11/21)

County Alert System

Businesses and Employers Guidance

Count on Me NC Training

All DHHS Guidance 


North Dakota

Statewide risk level currently at Green

Emergency declaration lifted on 4/30/21

Executive Order 2020-43.5 (1/16/21) (lifting capacity limits for restaurants, bars)

Announcement re: Statewide Move to Green Risk Level (1/27/21)

Announcement re: Statewide Emergency Declaration Lifting (4/21/21)

ND Smart Restart Protocols

ND Smart Restart Employer/Employee FAQs

Public Health Recommendations Post-Emergency (4/29/21)

All Executive Orders 



Mitigation measures, simplified health order in place

Health orders lifted on 6/2/21

State of emergency lifted on 6/18/21

Announcement re: Metric for Lifting Health Orders (3/4/21)

Announcement re: Lifting Most Health Orders/Mitigation Measures on 6/2/21 (5/12/21)

Announcement re: Orders Will Conform to Updated CDC Guidance (5/16/21)

Sector-Specific Operating Requirements

Color-Coded Health Advisory System Map and Ohio Public Health Orders

Second Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating (5/17/21)

Announcement re: Confirming Health Orders Lifted (6/1/21)



Statewide measures lifted 3/12/21 with expiration of prior order

Emergency rescinded as of 5/4/21

9th Amended Executive Order 2020-20 (1/13/21) - Easing Measures

Executive Order 2021-07 (2/12/21) - Extending Emergency for 23 Days

Executive Order 2021-11 (5/3/21) - Withdrawing Emergency

Executive Order 2021-15 (5/17/21) - Return to Work Incentive

Open Up and Recovery Safely (OURS) Plan – General and Industry-Specific Recommendations

Color-Coded Alert System and Dashboard (updated each Wednesday)



Reopening framework announced, with progress tied to vaccination rates

Oregon OSHA updates pending

County levels updated 6/15/21, effective 6/18/21

General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 and FAQs

Phase 2 Guidance

Oregon OSHA Final Temporary COVID-19 Workplace Safety RulesSummary Table, and More

Safety Rules - Fact Sheet (provisions effective 11/16/20) and Fact Sheet (provisions effective later) 

Executive Order No. 21-10 (extending emergency through 6/28/21)

Announcement re: OSHA Rules for Employer-Provided Labor Housing (4/30/21)

Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals (5/18/21) and OR OSHA Statement (updated 5/25/21)

Announcement re: Updating Guidance for Lower Risk Counties (5/24/21)

County Status and Phase Information - Table and Map

Updated Sector Risk Level Guidance (effective 5/27/21)

Announcement re: Steps to Lift Restrictions When 70% Is Reached (6/4/21)

Vaccination Tracking Dashboard

Oregon Health Authority Guidance and FAQs (guidance updated periodically)

Announcement re: Oregon OSHA to Update Rules (6/7/21)

Announcement re: County Level Adjustments and List (6/15/21)



Most mitigation orders lifted as of 5/31/21

Accelerated, additional restrictions eased as of 5/17/21

Executive Order and Public Health Order, Indoor Dining and Self-Certification (9/17/20)

Restaurant Self-Certification Portal and FAQs

Responding to COVID-19 Business Guidance Materials

Amended Executive Order re: Mitigation, Enforcement, Immunity (3/1/21)

Amendment to Public Health Mitigation and Enforcement Order (3/1/21)

Announcement re: Capacity Limits/Restaurant Restrictions Easing (3/15/21)

Executive Order, Public Health Order and FAQs - Easing Effective 4/4/21

Current Mitigation Status

Announcement re: Statewide Mitigation Orders Lifting 5/31/21 (5/4/21)

Announcement re: Easing Restrictions for Events & Gatherings on 5/17/21 (5/11/21)

Announcement re: Emergency Declaration Extended (5/20/21)


Puerto Rico

Mitigation measures in place

Order OE-2021-036 in effect from 5/24/21 through 6/6/21

Order OE-2021-43 will be in effect from 6/7/21 through 7/5/21 and eases restrictions

Executive Order 2021-27 (4/15/21)

Executive Order 2021-032 (5/6/21) (shortening curfew, easing some restrictions)

Executive Order 2021-036 (5/20/21 (relaxing restrictions, lifting curfew, as discussed here)

Announcement re: Easing Restrictions as of 6/7/21

All Executive Orders (typically available in Spanish only)


Rhode Island

All capacity limits lifted 5/21/21

Limits on higher-risk activities lifted as of 6/18/21

Updated Phase III Guidance for Break Rooms and Workplace Common Areas (10/15/20); Related Regulations

Announcement and Summary of Restrictions Easing 5/7/21 and Further Easing 5/28/21

Executive Order 21-56 - Extending Assorted Prior Orders (5/20/21)

Executive Order 21-57 - Reopening Steps Accelerated (5/21/21)

Announcement re: Capacity Limits Lifted on 5/21/21Summary and Infographic (5/20/21)

Executive Order 21-62 - First Amendment to Order 21-57 (6/2/21)

Announcement re: Update to Mask Guidance (6/2/21)

Executive Order 21-64 - Extending Certain Orders to 7/5/21 (6/4/21)

Executive Order 21-65 - Extending Emergency to 7/9/21 (6/10/21)

Executive Order 21-66 - Extending Quarantine and Isolation Order (6/15/21)

Announcement re: Lifting of Restrictions on Higher-Risk Activities and Settings (6/18/21)

Executive Order 21-68 - Amended Reopening Order (6/18/21)

Executive Order 21-69 - Amended Masks Order (6/18/21)

All Executive Orders

Updated Business FAQs

Sector-Specific Guidelines, Posters and More available here; other information here


South Carolina

Restrictions eased as of 3/1/21

Emergency declaration expired

Executive Order 2021-12 (3/5/21) (updating protocols for restaurants)

Executive Order 2021-22 (5/7/21) (extending emergency for another 15 days)

Executive Order 2021-23 (5/11/21) (limiting local authority)

Executive Order 2021-25 (5/22/21) (extension for another 15 days)

Department of Health and Environment Control Guidance

Reopening Guidelines Available from accelerateSC


South Dakota

No statewide mitigation measures

Executive Order 2020-20 (4/28/20)

Executive Order 2020-26 (5/26/20)

Executive Order 2020-34 (12/18/20)

Department of Health Employer Recommendations and Other Guidance, Checklists, available here



No statewide mitigation measures in place; emergency lifted

Executive Order 63 (9/29/20)

Tennessee Pledge Business Guidelines (general and industry-specific) (updated 10/2/20)

Executive Order 75 (suspending Order 74 as of 2/1/21) (1/28/21)

Executive Order 80 (lifting emergency, some local measures) (4/27/21)



Reopening order in effect as of 3/10/21 

All Reopening Checklists by Business Type

Executive Order GA-34 (3/2/21) (Lifting Capacity Limits, Restrictions) and EO GA-34 Info Page

Proclamation (Extending Disaster Declaration) (5/5/21)

Proclamation (Extending Disaster Declaration) (6/4/21)

Full List of Recommended Health Protocols (some updated 5/24/21)



Public health order rescinded, per legislation

State and Local Orders and Directives

Announcement re: HB 294 Enacted (3/24/21)

Public Health Order 2021-9 - Effective through 4/9/21 (3/26/21)

Public Health Order 2021-21 - Effective 4/10/21 through 6/15/21 (4/9/21)

COVID-19 Business Manual (updated 4/2021)

Legislative Response Timeline and Summary

Announcement re: Public Health Order Lifted, Transmission Index Advisory (5/4/21)

Transmission Index Framework: Overview and County Map (updated weekly on Thursdays)



Full reopening for all sectors intended for 7/4/21 under Vermont Forward Plan

Step 3 accelerated and effective on 5/14/21

Full reopening to take effect as soon as the state reaches 80% vaccination rate 

All restrictions lifed 6/14/21

VOSHA COVID-19 Safety Training

Announcement re: Full Reopening Intended for 7/1/21 (4/6/21)

Addendum 14 to Amended and Restated Executive Order 01-20 - Extending Orders to 5/15/21 (4/15/21)

Announcement re: Accelerated Move to Phase 3 on 5/14/21

Addendum 16 to Amended and Restated Executive Order 01-20 - Amending Mask & Distancing Rules; Extending Emergency

Vermont Forward Plan (Universal and Specialized Guidance

Announcement re: Restrictions Will Lift When State Reaches 80% Vaccination (5/21/21) (rather than waiting for 7/4/21)

Announcement re: Specialized Guidance Lifted for Restaurants, Catering, Food Service, etc.

Announcement re: 80% Goal Achieved, Restrictions Lifted (6/14/21)

Directive Rescinding Vermont Forward Plan Guidance (6/14/21)

Executive Order 06-21 (6/15/21) (post-emergency recovery activities)



Accelerated lifting of distancing and capacity limits, effective as of 5/28/21

Guidelines for All Business Sectors, including Phase Three Guidelines

Final, Permanent Workplace Safety Standards (effective 1/27/21); and more information here

Sixth Amended Executive Order No. 72 (Further Easing Certain Limits as of 5/15/21) (4/22/21)

Updated Guidelines for Businesses and Gatherings (4/20/21)

Effective 5/15/21 - Updated Guidelines for Businesses and Gatherings

Seventh Amended Executive Order No. 72 (Further Amending Face Covering & Spectator Provisions, effective 5/15/21) (5/14/21)

Executive Order No. 79 (Amendments, Restrictions Easing as of 5/28/21)



Full reopening scheduled for 6/30/21 - or sooner if the state reaches 70% vaccination of eligible adults; and counties eligible to move to Phase 3

Numerous updated guidance materials issued

Details released on consolidated reopening guidance 

Proclamation 20-25.12 - Healthy Washington, Roadmap to Recovery (1/11/21); and Summary

DOH and Governor Announcements re: Changes to Roadmap Framework (1/28/21)

Updated Guidance for Food Workers & Food Establishments (2/12/21)

Announcement re: Amended Proclamation re: High-Risk Employees; Proclamation 20-46.3 (4/8/21); Updated FAQs (4/21/21)

What's Open in Each Phase?

Safe Start Plans and Guidance

Announcement re: Adoption of  Fourth Set of Temporary Worker Housing Rules (5/7/21)

Washington Department of Labor & Industries COVID-19 Page, with Workplace Requirements and More 

Announcement re: Worker Safety Protection Laws Enacted (5/11/21)

Announcement re: Full Reopening 6/30/21; Counties May Move to Phase 3 on 5/1/21; Some Restrictions Eased Immediately (5/13/21)

Announcement re: Confirming All Counties to Phase 3 (5/18/21)

Announcement re: Emergency & Worker Protections Extended (5/21/21)

Proclamation 20-25.13 - Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery (5/21/21); Masks & Distancing Guidance; Visual Guide to Vaccination Proof 

Proclamation 21-08 - Safe Workers (5/21/21)

Emergency Rule re: COVID-19 and Compliance with Conditions for Operations (5/24/21)

Announcement re: Updated Guidance for Spectator Events (5/26/21)

Announcement re: Updated Rules for Temporary Worker Housing; Summary; Guidance (5/28/21)

Roadmap to Recovery Metrics and Dashboard

Announcement re: Business Guidance Updated (6/2/21)

All COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers (updated periodically)

Announcement re: DOSH/L&I Workplace Safety and Health Requirements

Announcement re: Consolidated Business and Employee Guidance and Summary Memo (6/11/21) (rescinding some prior guidances)


West Virginia

Simplified order in effect as of 4/19/21

County Alert System

Executive Order 12-21 (4/19/21) - Simplifying/Clarifying and Lifting Social Gatherings Limit

Announcement re: Lifting of Face Mask Order (5/7/21)

Latest Updates and All Guidance for Businesses 



No statewide business mitigation measures

Executive Order #104 (1/19/21) (renewing emergency)

Emergency Order No. 1 (1/19/21) (face coverings)

Executive Order #105 (2/4/21) (renewing emergency)

Emergency Order No. 1 (2/4/21) (face coverings)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has invalidated the statewide face covering mandate.

WEDC Industry-Specific Reopen Guidelines



Final remaining health order expired 5/31/21

Public Health Order re: Child Care and Education (formerly Order #1) (4/28/21) - Effective 5/1/21 through 5/16/21

Public Health Order re: Large Indoor Events of More than 500 People (formerly Order #2)  (4/28/21) - Effective 5/1/21 through 5/16/21

Public Health Order re: Child Care and Education (formerly Order #1) (5/13/21) - Effective 5/17/21 through 5/31/21

Public Health Order re: Large Indoor Events of More than 500 People (formerly Order #2)  (5/13/21) - Effective 5/17/21 through 5/31/21

Elimination of Health Order #2 (Large Indoor Events of More than 500 People) (5/21/21)

Amended Public Health Order re: Child Care and Education - Set to Expire 5/31/21 (Order #1) (5/21/21)

Department of Health Guidance


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Because the COVID-19 situation is dynamic, with new governmental measures each day, employers should consult with counsel for the latest developments and updated general and industry-specific guidance.

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