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 metrics. While all states had begun reopening over the summer, rising cases have caused many jurisdictions to either pause their progress, or return to more restrictive measures. Jurisdictions across the country continue to progress and regress by implementing different measures, on different timetables – resulting in a patchwork that is particularly challenging for multistate employers.

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 We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.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



U.S. CDC Activities and Initiatives Memo (5/19/20)


What's New at the CDC

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

U.S. OSHA - FAQs on Face Coverings (11/18/20)

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

EEOC Guidance: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws (rev. 12/16/20)

U.S. CDC - Guidance for Businesses and Employers (rev. 12/31/20)



Paused in Safer at Home phase through 1/22/21

Proclamation and Health Order Amending Safer at Home (9/30/20)

Proclamation and Health Order Amending, Extending Safer at Home (11/5/20)

Proclamation and Health Order, Extending Safer at Home (12/9/20)

Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses 

List of All Orders and Guidelines



No statewide mitigation measures

Health Orders Renewed through 2/14/21

Safe Travels page and portal

Announcement re: Telework/Curbside Advisory (11/12/20)

Industry-Specific Guidance Materials

Alaska COVID Page and FAQs

Outbreak Health Orders (renewed 1/14/21)



Reopening paused and partial closure in effect

Announcement re: Phased Reopening Plan, Protocols for Paused Businesses (8/10/20)

Announcement re: Bars, Gyms, etc. in "Moderate" Counties May Reopen (8/27/20); More Background on Process (8/26/20)

Executive Order  - Easing Outdoor Dining Regulations (12/2/20)

Executive Order - Large Public Events (12/2/20)

Department of Health Services - Orders and Guidance for Reopening Businesses



Reopening paused

Executive Order 20-25 (5/5/20)

Health Directive for Restaurant Dine-In Operations - Phase II (9/9/20)

Executive Order 20-51 (12/11/20) (extension of prior orders)

Directive Regarding Indoor Venues (effective 1/2/21 to 3/1/21)

Health Directive - Early Closure of Bars, Restaurants (12/31/20) (extended to 2/3/21)

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



Partial closures, in effect in specified counties based on tier status

Regional "Emergency Brake"/Stay at Home Order framework in place; applicable to three regions (Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California)

Greater Sacramento no longer covered by Regional Order as of 1/13/21

Curfew in place for all Tier 1 counties as well as any county subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order

Updated Memo re: Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace (9/18/20)

Use of Temporary Structures for Outdoor Business Operations (11/25/20)

Emergency Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Regulation (adopted 11/19/20) & FAQs (updated 1/8/21); Executive Order N-84-20 (12/14/20) (amending quarantine guidance)

Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk 

Blueprint for a Safer Economy Website and Search Function; Related Framework Health Order and Explanation

All California Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance Documents 

Announcement re: Revised Tier Adjustments Process (11/28/20)

Announcement re: Regional Emergency Brake Framework 

Regional Stay at Home Order (12/3/20) and FAQs

Supplemental Regional Stay at Home Order - Grocery Stores (12/6/20)

Limited Stay at Home Order for Tier 1 (Purple) Counties (11/19/20) and Supplemental Order Amending and Extending Curfew (12/22/20)

Announcement re: Regional Stay at Home Extended (1/7/21)

Regional Stay at Home - County Status 

California Blueprint Data Chart with Current County Status (found here)



Mitigation measures for various counties in place as of 11/20/20

All Red counties moved to Orange as of 1/4/21

Executive Order D 2020-265 (Amended, Extended Dial Framework) (11/28/20)

Third Amended Public Health Order 20-36 (Updated Dial) (12/7/20)

Executive Order D 2020-289 (Extending Dial Framework) (12/27/20)

Announcement re: Move of All Red Counties to Orange (1/4/21)

Fourth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 (Updated Dial) and Summary (1/4/21)

Safer at Home Industry Guidance

Dial Dashboard and Local Variances



Stepped back to Phase 2.1 as of 11/6/20

Executive Order No. 9B (9/15/20) (fines for certain violations)

Announcement re: Phase 2.1 Effective 11/6/20 (11/2/20)

Executive Order No. 9K (11/5/20) (repeal of municipal authority; restrictions)

Executive Order No. 9L (11/9/20) (extension of current orders to 2/9/21)

Advisory: Stay at Home Curfew (11/5/20)

Updated Sector Rules for Sports, Gyms, etc. (11/20/20)

Executive Oder No. 9N (11/24/20) (increased fines for business violations)

Executive Order No. 9R (12/16/20) (catering provisions)

County COVID-19 Alert Map

Latest Guidance Summarizing Status

Full List of Sector Rules and Self-Certification for Reopening 



Stay at Home advisory and additional mitigation measures in place 

Revised Summary of Phase Two (6/19/20)

Phase Two General and Industry-Specific Guidelines

Reopening Status and All Guidance

Announcement re: Stay at Home Advisory, Mask Update (12/3/20)

4th Revision to 27th Modification (12/10/20) (Stay at Home, enhanced measures) 

5th Revision to 27th Modification (1/8/21) (Stay at Home; restaurant/bar curfew lifted)

27th Modification of State of Emergency (rev. 1/8/21) (as amended)


District of Columbia

Modified Phase Two with mitigation measures in place as of 11/25/20, as amended 

Pause on certain indoor activities in place from 12/23/20 through 1/22/21 

Amended Phase Two Order (10/7/20)

Emergency Workplace Safety Protections - D.C. Act 23-488 / B 23-0980 (11/16/20)

Announcement re: Modified Phase Two and Modified Mayor's Order 2020-119  (11/23/20)

Mayor's Order 2020-123 - Modifications re: Physical Activity (12/7/20)

Mayor's Order 2020-126 - Modification re: Gatherings/Clarifying Occupancy Caps (12/16/20)

Mayor's Order 2020-127 - Pause on Indoor Activities, Telework Requirement (12/18/20)

Mayor's Order 2021-004 - Pause Extended (1/11/21)

Updated Phase Two Information and Guidelines (some rev. 1/7/21)



Phase 3

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

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

All COVID-19-Related Orders



Paused in Empowering a Healthy Georgia phase through 1/31/21

Announcement re: Safety Promise Campaign (7/6/20)

Executive Order (, extension of Empowering a Healthy Georgia order to 11/15/20)

Executive Order (, extension to 11/30/20)

Executive Order (, extension to 12/15/20)

Executive Order (, extension to 12/31/20)

Executive Order (, extension to 1/15/21)

Executive Order (, extension to 1/31/21)

Guidelines for Businesses



Act with Care Stage of Reopening Framework

Fourteenth Proclamation (10/13/20)

Fifteenth Proclamation (11/16/20)

Sixteenth Proclamation (11/23/20) (amending travel program)

Seventeenth Proclamation (12/16/20) (amending quarantine)

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

Safe Travels Digital Platform



Rolled back to Stage 2 of Idaho Rebounds framework as of 11/14/20

Public Health Order re: Step Back to Modified Stage 3 (10/26/20)

Public Health Order re: Step Back to Modified Stage 2 (11/13/20)

Public Health Order re: Extending, Amending Stage 2 (12/30/20)

Business-specific protocols for opening



Mitigation measures in place through 2/6/21

Different regions are in different mitigation tiers, or have returned to the phases of the reopening framework

Phase 4 Industry-Specific Guidance

Announcement re: Tier 3 Mitigation Measures Statewide and Summary (11/17/20); and Executive Order 2020-73 (11/18/20)

Executive Order 2020-74 (12/11/20) (extending mitigation orders to 1/9/21)

Executive Order 2021-01 (1/8/21) (extending orders to 2/6/21)

Announcement re: Tier Adjustments (1/15/21)

Updated Mitigation Plan (1/15/21)

Executive Order 2021-02 (1/15/21) (Regions 1, 2, 5 to Tier 2)

Announcement re: Tier Adjustments for Most Regions (1/18/21)

Regional Phase Dashboard

General Business Toolkit (posters, checklists, etc.)

All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations



Modified order, mitigation measures, in place through 1/24/21

Return to Work Guidance Letter

What's Open, What's Closed?

County Guidelines by Color

Back on Track General & Industry Guidelines

Executive Order 20-48 - Mitigation and County-Specific Framework (11/13/20)

Executive Order 20-50 (12/10/20) - Extension, Modification 

Executive Order 20-53 (12/31/20) - Extension, Modification of Order 20-50



Mitigation measures in place through 2/6/21

Proclamation and Summary (extending emergency and imposing mitigation measures) (11/10/20)

Proclamation and Summary (mitigation measures) (11/16/20)

Proclamation (amending mitigation measures) (11/18/20)

Proclamation and Summary (amending, extending mitigation measures) (12/9/20)

Proclamation and Summary (modifying mitigation measures) (12/16/20)

Proclamation (modifying, easing mitigation measures) (1/7/21)

Iowa Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance



No statewide mitigation measures

Announcement re: Modified Phase 2 (5/19/20)

Executive Order No. 20-34 (5/19/20)

Announcement re: Expiration of Ad Astra Emergency Declaration (5/26/20)



Enhanced mitigation measures in place as of 12/14/20

Minimum Requirements for All Entities

Executive Order 2020-968 (11/18/20) (Mitigation Measures)

Recommended Actions for Red Zone CountiesIncidence Rate Maps

Announcement re: New Public Health Restrictions as of 12/14/20 (12/10/20)

Executive Order 2020-1034 (12/11/20) (Extending, Amending Mitigation Measures)

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



Modified Phase 2 in place through 2/10/21

Proclamation 158-JBE-2020 (11/5/20) (Phase 3 Extended)

Proclamation 168-JBE-2020 (11/24/20) (Step Back to Modified Phase 2)

Proclamation 209-JBE-2020 (12/22/20) (Extending Modified Phase 2)

Proclamation 6-JBE-2021 (1/12/21) (Extending Modified Phase 2)

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



Reopening paused and partial closure in effect

Business curfew in place until further notice

Executive Order No. 14FY20/21 (Phase Four) and Announcement (10/6/20) 

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures, Update to Keep Maine Healthy (11/2/20)

Announcement re: Business Early Closures (11/19/20)

Announcement re: Extension of Early Closures (12/4/20)

Announcement re: Indefinite Extension of Early Closures (12/30/20)

Maine CDC FAQs

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists for Businesses Reopening (updated 12/4/20)



Stricter mitigation measures in place as of 11/20/20

Executive Order 20-10-16-02 (10/16/20) (Updating Order; Outdoor Venues) and Public Health Order

Executive Order 20-11-10-01 (11/10/20) (Mitigation Measures) and Health Guidance

Executive Order 20-11-17-01 (11/17/20) (Stricter Mitigation Measures)

Advisory re: Gatherings & Travel (12/17/20)

Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

General Business Best Practices



Statewide roll back to Phase III, Step I on 12/13/20

Additional mitigation measures in place from 12/26/20 through 1/24/21

Announcement re: Targeted Mitigation Measures, including a Stay at Home Advisory (11/2/20)

COVID-19 Order No. 53 - Business and Activities Curfew/Closing Period (11/2/20)

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

COVID-19 Order No. 57 - Gatherings Restrictions (12/8/20)

COVID-19 Order No. 58 - Roll Back to Phase III, Step I (12/8/20)

COVID-19 Order No. 59 - Mitigation Measures 12/26/20 to 1/10/21 - Gatherings & Business Capacity (12/22/20)

COVID-19 Order No. 60 - Extending Mitigation Measures to 1/24/21 (1/7/21)



Pause lifted as of 12/21/20; updated order taking effect on 1/16/21

All Michigan COVID-19 Executive Orders

On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated a number of Governor Whitmer's orders. The state health department (MDHHS) and MIOSHA have subsequently issued public health orders and emergency rules to reinstate most of the prior workplace safety requirements.

MIOSHA Emergency Rules and Related Materials (10/14/20)

HB 6032 (Antiretaliation protections/post-exposure return to work protocol) (10/22/20)

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance Site

Keeping a Safe Workplace

Revised MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order (easing restrictions as of 12/21/20) (12/18/20); Infographic; Capacity Limits Fact Sheet; Guidance on Outdoor

Seating Enclosures

Amendment to Gatherings and Face Masks Order (affecting indoor sports) (1/4/21)

Revised MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order (effective 1/16/21 to 1/31/21); Infographic; Capacity Limits Fact Sheet; FAQs (1/13/21)

All MDHHS COVID-19 Orders



Restrictions eased as of 1/11/21

Executive Order 20-99 ("Four-Week Dial Back") and Summary (11/18/20)

Executive Order 20-103 (extending, modifying Order 20-99) (12/16/20)

Executive Order 20-104 (pools) (12/23/20)

Executive Order 21-01 (easing restrictions) (1/6/21)

Guidance on Safely Reopening Minnesota Businesses

Stay Safe MN Industry Guidance Library

COVID Preparedness Plan Information



Safe Recovery stage through 2/3/21

Executive Order 1530 - Safe Recovery Extension & County Update (11/10/20)

Executive Order 1532 - 19 Additional Higher Risk Counties (11/24/20)

Executive Order 1533 - 13 Additional Higher Risk Counties (12/1/20)

Executive Order 1535 - Renewing Safe Recovery Order (12/9/20)

Executive Order 1542 - Extending Safe Recovery Order to 2/3/21 (1/15/21)

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



New directive, easing restrictions, in place as of 1/15/21

Directive re: Phase Two (5/19/20)

Directive re: Masks and Mitigation Measures (11/17/20)

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

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

Montana COVID FAQs Page



Move to Blue phase as of 12/24/20

Announcement re: Phased Approach to Future Mitigation Steps (11/13/20) and Summary

Announcement re: Move to "Yellow" Phase (12/11/20)

Announcement re: Move to "Blue" Phase (12/23/20)

State Overview and DHHS COVID-19 Site

COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents

All County Directed Health Measures with Effective Dates (updated 12/24/20)

Summary table of Color-Coded Phases



Mitigation measures in place through approximately 2/14/21

Updated Guidance for Safe Gatherings (10/15/20)

Updated Screening Guides (for Employees, Visitors) & Signage

Task Force Assessments

Announcement re: Statewide Pause Mitigation Measures (11/22/20); Matrix and Infographic

Directive 035 - Pause Order (11/24/20)

Announcement re: Pause Mitigation Measures Extended (12/13/20)

Announcement re: Extending Mitigation Measures Another 30 Days (1/11/21)

Current Status: Mitigation Measures (rev. 1/11/21)

Governor Directives and Declarations


New Hampshire

Paused in Safer at Home through 3/26/21

Emergency Order #72 (11/14/20) (extending Safer at Home to 1/15/21)

Executive Order 2020-24 (12/11/20) (extending prior orders)

Executive Order 2020-25 (1/1/21) (extending prior orders)

Emergency Order #82 (1/15/21) (extending Safer at Home to 3/26/21)

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

Safer at Home Schedule with General and Specific Guidance (updated 1/12/21)


New Jersey

Paused in Stage 2 and mitigation measures in place as of 11/12/20

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

Administrative Order re: Sports, Malls, etc. (11/2/20)

Announcement re: Targeted Mitigation Measures (11/9/20)

Executive Order No. 194 (Mitigation Measures) (11/10/20)

Executive Order No. 195 (Municipal Authority) (11/12/20)

Executive Order No. 196 (Gathering Limits) (11/16/20)

Executive Order No. 200 (Extending Emergency and Prior Orders) (11/22/20)

Executive Order No. 204 (Indoor Gatherings, Sports Restricted) (11/30/20)

Administrative Order re: Outdoor Performances Adjacent to Venue (12/5/20)

Administrative Order re: Indoor Sports (12/31/20)

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


New Mexico

County-specific framework with mitigation measures in place as of 12/2/20

Public Health Order - Two-Week "Reset" (11/13/20)

Public Health Order - Clarification of Two-Week "Reset" (11/18/20); Updated FAQs; Essential Business Details

Announcement re: County-Specific Risk System; Summary; County Map; FAQs (11/27/20)

Public Health Order - Red to Green Framework (11/30/20)

Amended Public Health Order - Red to Green Framework (12/2/20)

Public Health Order - Amending Retail Capacity Rules (12/15/20)

Public Health Order - Extending Provisions, Red to Green Framework (12/30/20)

All COVID Public Health and Executive Orders

Department of Health Safe Practices Site

New Mexico Safe Certification Training Program

County-Level Dashboard


New York

Mitigation measures in place as of 11/13/20

Micro-Cluster Strategy

Executive Order 202.68 (10/6/20) (Cluster Action & Penalties)

Announcement re: Movie Theaters Outside NYC (10/17/20) and Executive Order 202.70 (10/20/20)

Phase Three Overview and Guidance

Phase Four Overview and Guidance

Regional Map and Status of Regional Reopening

Announcement re: Restrictions for Bars, Restaurants, Gyms, Gatherings (11/11/20) and Executive Order 202.74 (implementing restrictions) (11/12/20)

Retail Guidance: Holiday Advisory and Updated Business Guidelines (11/24/20)

Announcement re: Regional Hospital Capacity Approach & Potential Indoor Dining Closures (12/7/20)

Announcement re: Updated Zone Metrics, Indoor Dining (12/11/20)

Micro-Cluster Strategy Details and Guidance, FAQs, and Address Look Up

Maps of Current Micro-Clusters


North Carolina

Modified Stay at Home in place through 1/29/21

Executive Order No. 176 (Phase 3 Extension, Mitigation Measures) and FAQs (11/10/20)

Announcement re: Color-Coded County Alert Advisory System (11/17/20)

Executive Order No. 180 (Phase 3 Extension; Face Covering Duties) and FAQs (11/23/20)

Executive Order No. 181 (Modified Stay at Home) and FAQs (12/8/20)

Executive Order No. 183 (Mixed Drinks To-Go) and FAQs (12/21/20)

Executive Order No. 188 (Stay at Home Extension) and Secretarial Directive (1/6/21)

Businesses and Employers Guidance

Count on Me NC Training

All DHHS Guidance 


North Dakota

Statewide risk level moved from Orange to Yellow on 1/8/21

Executive Order 2020-43 (11/13/20) (mitigation measures 11/16/20 to 12/13/20)

Executive Order 2020-43.2 (12/9/20) (extending mitigation measures)

Executive Order 2020-43.3 (12/21/20) (lifting service hours limit for restaurants, bars)

Announcement re: Move to Yellow Risk Level on 1/8/21 (1/4/21)

Executive Order 2020-43.4 (1/7/21)

Updated Standards for All Industries (1/7/21)

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

ND Smart Restart Protocols

ND Smart Restart Employer/Employee FAQs



Mitigation measures in place

Curfew in effect through 1/23/21 

Director's Order - Retail Duties / Mask Enforcement (11/13/20) and Signage Templates

Director’s Order - Gathering Limits (11/15/20)

Announcement re: Curfew Beginning 11/19 (11/17/20)

Director's Order - Curfew (11/19/20)

Announcement re: Stay Safe Protocols and Curfew Extension (12/10/20)

Director's Order - Stay at Home Tonight (12/10/20)

Director's Order - Extending Stay at Home Tonight (12/30/20)

Sector-Specific Operating Requirements

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



Paused in Phase 3 

Announcement re: Entering Phase 3 on June 1 (5/29/20)

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

Color-Coded Alert System and Dashboard

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures and Seventh Amended Executive Order 2020-20 (11/16/20)

Announcement re: Further Mitigation Measures (12/10/20)

8th Amended Executive Order 2020-20 (12/14/20) - Mitigation Measures

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



Risk and Protection County-Specific Framework with mitigation measures in place as of 12/3/20

Executive Order 20-66 (Risk and Safety Framework) (12/2/20)

Executive Order 20-67 (extension of prior orders) (12/17/20)

Announcement re: County Level Assignments and List (12/29/20)

Announcement re: Baker County (12/30/20)

Announcement re: County Level Adjustments and List (1/12/21)

General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 and FAQs

Phase 2 Guidance

County Status and Phase Information 

Oregon Health Authority Guidance and FAQs

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) 



Reopening paused and mitigation measures in effect as of 11/27/20

Enhanced limited-time mitigation orders expired on 1/4/21

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

Restaurant Self-Certification Portal and FAQs

Executive Order and Public Health Order Increasing Gathering Limits, and FAQs (10/6/20)

Responding to COVID-19 Business Guidance Materials

County Phase Map

Executive Order re: Early Stoppage of Alcohol Sales on 11/25/20 Only and Related Public Health Order (11/23/20)

Executive Order re: Limited Stay at Home Advisory and Related Public Health Order (11/23/20)

Amendment to Mitigation and Enforcement Executive Order re: Alcohol Sales (12/3/20) 

Amended Executive Order re: Mitigation, Enforcement, Immunity (12/10/20)

Executive Order and Public Health Order and FAQs - Limited-Time Mitigation (12/10/20)

Announcement: Limited-Time Mitigation Will Expire 1/4/21 (12/30/20)


Puerto Rico

Mitigation measures in place; amended as of 1/8/21

Mitigation Measures Effective 11/16 to 12/11 (11/13/20)

Mitigation Measures Effective 12/7 to 1/7/21 (12/3/20)

Some Restrictions Eased as of 1/8/21 (1/5/21)

All Executive Orders (typically available in Spanish only)


Rhode Island

Protecting Your Household phase in place through 2/18/21

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

Executive Order 20-98 - Second Revised Phase III (11/19/20) (Gathering Restrictions; Retail Plan); Retail Seasonal Control Plan 

Executive Order 20-100 - Rhode Island on Pause (11/30/20)

Executive Order 20-105 - Extending Pause (12/11/20) 

Exeutive Order 20-108 - Protecting Your Household; and Summary (12/17/20)

Executive Order 20-111 - Extending Assorted Prior Orders (12/30/20)

Executive Order 21-05 - Extending Protecting Your Household to 2/18/21 (1/15/21)

Updated Sports Guidance and FAQs (1/20/21)

All Executive Orders

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


South Carolina

Current mitigation measures in place through 1/22/21

Executive Order 2020-50 (8/2/20) (Emergency Restrictions/Mandatory Protocols) 

Executive Order 2020-63 (10/2/20) (Restaurant Occupancy) (as extended)

Updated Guidance for Mass Gatherings/Large Community Events (10/15/20)

Executive Order 2020-70 (11/8/20) (extending order 2020-63)

Executive Order 2020-72 (11/23/20) (further extension)

Executive Order 2020-73 (11/25/20) (extending mitigation measures)

Executive Order 2021-03 (1/7/21) (extending Order 2020-73)

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



Social gathering restrictions eased

Announcement re: Lifting of Restrictions (9/29/20) 

Executive Order 63 (9/29/20)

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

Executive Order 70 (social gatherings limited) (12/20/20)

Executive Order 73 (extending numerous prior orders) (12/22/20)

Executive Order 74 (easing some restrictions) (1/19/21)



Partial closures in effect

Executive Order GA-30 (9/17/20) (Expanded Reopening Steps)

Executive Order GA-32 (10/7/20) (Bars/Business Expanded Reopening)

All Reopening Checklists by Business Type

Department of Health and Human Services Minimum Recommended Protocols

Full List of Health Protocols

DSHS County Status - Attestations Submitted to DSHS for 75% Reopening

TABC County Status - Attestations Submitted to TABC for Bars Reopening



Reopening paused; Transmission Index Framework in place

State and Local Orders and Directives

Public Health Order 2020-19 (10/15/20) (Transmission Area Restrictions) and FAQs

Public Health Order 2020-20 (10/29/20) (Amended Transmission Area Restrictions)

Announcement re: Additional Updates and Public Health Order 2020-24 (11/12/20) (gathering limits, extracurriculars, etc.)

Executive Order 2020-75 (11/12/20)

Public Health Order 2020-25 (11/20/20) (Extension of Restrictions)

Public Health Order 2020-26 (12/8/20) (Extension, Mask Requirements)

Public Health Order 2020-27 (12/17/20) (Amended Alcohol Sales Rules)

Transmission Index Framework: Overview and County MapSummary of Guidance at All Levels (updated 12/17/20); and FAQs (updated 12/18/20)

COVID-19 Business Manual (updated 12/7/20)



Mitigation measures in place through 2/15/21

Addendum 7 to Amended Executive Order 01-20 (10/16/20) (Indoor Ice Rinks, Skating Facilities)

Ski Resort Winter Operations Guidance (11/3/20)

Social Gatherings Advisory (11/6/20)

Addendum 8 to Amended Executive Order 01-20 - Mitigation Measures/Bar Closures (11/13/20)

Revised Addendum 8 to Amended Executive Order 01-20 (11/20/20)

Addendum 9 to Amended Executive Order 01-20 - Extending Prior Orders to 1/15/21 (12/15/20)

Announcement re: Restriction on Multi-Household Gatherings (12/22/20)

Addendum 10 to Amended Executive Order 01-20 - Extending Prior Orders to 2/15/21 (1/15/21)

ACCD Resource Center: All Sector Specific Guidance

VOSHA COVID-19 Safety Training

Updated Interpretive Health Guidance from Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) (revised 1/15/21)



Paused in Phase Three and mitigation measures in place as of 11/15/20

Enhanced mitigation measures in place from 12/14/20 to 1/31/21

Announcement re: Labor Standards Approved (7/15/20) and Related Guidance Materials (7/24/20)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures and Amended Executive Order No. 67 (11/13/20) (Phase Three Tightening of Certain Temporary Restrictions)

Announcement re: Added Mitigation Measures and Executive Order No. 72 (12/10/20)

Guidelines for All Business Sectors, including Phase Three Guidelines



Regional framework in effect as of 1/11/21; all Regions in Phase 1

Proclamation 20-46.2 re: High-Risk Employees – Workers’ Rights  and Memo re: Proclamation 20-46.2 (7/29/20)

Information about and Status of County Variances

What's Open in Each Phase?

Business Signage Toolkit

Safe Start Plans and Guidance

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

Proclamation 20-25.8 - Stay Safe - Stay Healthy - Four-Week Roll Back (11/15/20) & Guidance Memo

Proclamation 20-25.9 - Extending Stay Safe - Stay Healthy to 1/4/21 (12/11/20)

Proclamation 20-25.11 - Extending Stay Safe - Stay Healthy to 1/11/21 (12/30/20)

Announcement re: Regional Framework Beginning 1/11/21 (1/5/21)

Announcement re: All Regions in Phase 1 through at least 1/18/21 (1/8/21)

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

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


West Virginia

Reopening paused

Executive Order 70-20 (9/15/20) - Adding "Gold" Category; Gathering Limits

Executive Order 74-20 (10/5/20) - Live Performances

Supplemental Safety Protocols for Bar Reopenings in Monongalia County

Announcement re: Reopening of Monongalia County Bars (10/9/20)

County Alert System

Executive Order 80-20 (11/13/20) - Winter Sports Prohibition

Latest Updates and All Guidance for Businesses



No statewide mitigation measures

Executive Order #94 (11/10/20) (stay home advisory)

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

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

WEDC Industry-Specific Reopen Guidelines



Mitigation measures in place through 1/8/21

Less restrictive, modified orders effective as of 1/9/21

Amended Order re: Public Spaces (Order #1) (12/7/20)

Amended Order re: Public Gatherings (Order #2) (12/7/20)

Extended Order re: Personal Services (Order #3) (12/7/20)

Modified Health Order re: Public Spaces (Order #1) (1/2/21)

Modified Health Order re: Public Gatherings (Order #2) (1/2/21)

Modified Health Order re: Personal Services (Order #3) (1/2/21)

State Public Health Orders and Guidance, County Orders, County Variances

Interactive Map of County Variances


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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.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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