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 We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.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

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. 3/8/21)

U.S. CDC - Workplaces and Businesses (rev. 3/11/21)

U.S. OSHA - Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (1/29/21); Executive Summary

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

U.S. CDC - Workplace Vaccination Programs Guidance (3/16/21)

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 - Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (revised 4/27/21)

U.S. CDC - Choosing Safer Activities (4/27/21)

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)



Safer Apart Order expiring 5/31/21

Proclamation and Health Order, Further Extending Safer at Home (1/21/21)

Proclamation and Health Order, Amending & Extending Safer at Home (3/4/21); Info Sheet 1 & Info Sheet 2

Proclamation, Amending Safer at Home (3/12/21)

Proclamation and Amended Safer at Home Health Order (3/22/21)

Proclamation and Safer Apart Order (4/7/21)

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

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

Industry-Specific Guidance Materials

Alaska COVID Page and FAQs

Outbreak Health Orders (expired with emergency declaration on 2/14/21)

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) 

Health Advisory No. 4: Critical Infrastructure (2/14/21) (appendices here)

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



Restrictions eased as of 3/5/21

Additional restrictions eased as of 3/25/21

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

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

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

Executive Order 20-25 (5/5/20)

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

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 



Mitigation measures in effect based on tier status under Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework

Full reopening of all sectors intended for 6/15/21

Interim Indoor Ventilation Guidance (2/26/21)

Announcement re: Blueprint Metrics  (4/13/21)

Announcement re: Plan for Full Reopening on 6/15/21 (4/6/21)

All California Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance Documents 

All Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

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

California Blueprint Data Chart with Current County Status (found here; tier assignments updated on Tuesdays)

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

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk (updated regularly)

Activity and Business Tiers Chart (updated 4/19/21)

Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (updated periodically)



Mitigation measures vary across counties, depending on risk level

Eighth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 and Summary of Changes (3/7/21) 

Amended Public Health Order 20-36 and Summary of Changes; Capacity Limits; Metrics Chart (3/23/21)

Executive Order D 2021-069 (3/24/21) (Extending, Amending Dial)

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)



Consolidated orders issued and in effect

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

Executive Order No. 10D (3/18/21)

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 

All Executive Orders (including the series connected to Order No. 11)

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



Mitigation measures in place 

Capacity restrictions lifting as of 5/21/21

Phase Two General and Industry-Specific Guidelines

Reopening Status and All Guidance

8th Revision to 27th Modification (3/29/21) (relaxing outdoor capacity limits)

9th Revision to 27th Modification (4/1/21) (youth, amateur sports)

10th Revision to 27th Modification (4/27/21) (restaurants, sanitation)

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)


District of Columbia

Modified Phase Two with mitigation measures in place 

Further easing in effect as of 5/1/21

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

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

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

Announcement re: Pause Expiring, Indoor Dining Resumes (1/21/21)

Announcement re: Restrictions Easing on 3/22/21 (3/15/21)

Mayor's Order 2021-038 (3/17/21)

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)

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 21-81 (4/2/21) (vaccine passports)

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



Amended Empowering a Healthy Georgia phase in effect through 5/30/21

Restrictions eased as of 5/1/21

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

Executive Order (, amending and extending Empowering a Healthy Georgia)

Executive Order (, revised Empowering a Healthy Georgia, effective 4/8/21 to 4/30/21)

Executive Order (, extending emergency and active orders to 5/30/21)

Executive Order (, amending Empowering a Healthy Georgia)

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; Getting to Hawaii Information Page

Eighteenth Proclamation (2/12/21) (effective through 4/13/21)

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)



Progressed to Stage 4 of Idaho Rebounds framework

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

Announcement re: Move to Stage 3 (2/2/21) 

Stage 3 Stay Healthy Guidelines (2/2/21) (rescinds 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



Mitigation measures in place

Tentative schedule set for full reopening by 7/4/21 - but state may enter Phase 5 as soon as 6/11/21

All regions currently in Bridge Phase of the reopening framework, as of 5/14/21

Phase 4 Industry-Specific Guidance

Updated Mitigation Plan (1/15/21)

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

Executive Order 2021-04 (2/5/21) (reissuing prior orders)

Executive Order 2021-05 (3/5/21) (reissuing prior orders)

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

Executive Order 2021-06 (4/2/21) (extending prior order)

Executive Order 2021-09 (4/30/21) (extending prior orders)

Regional Phase Dashboard

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)

All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations



Statewide restrictions eased as of 4/6/21

Return to Work Guidance Letter

What's Open, What's Closed?

Back on Track General & Industry Guidelines

Summary of Mitigation Measures 3/1/21 to 3/31/21

Announcement re: Statewide Restrictions Easing 4/6/21 (3/23/21)

Executive Order 21-09 - Extension through 4/5/21 (3/31/21)

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)

Map of County Status



Mitigation measures eased as of 2/7/21

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

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

Proclamation (extending emergency) (3/5/21)

Proclamation (extending emergency) (4/2/21)

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

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)

Announcement re: SB 14 Enacted - Extending Emergency (1/25/21)

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)



Simplified health measures in place as of 4/19/21

Capacity restrictions easing as of 5/28/21

Full reopening scheduled for 6/11/21

Minimum Requirements for All Entities

Recommended Actions for Red Zone CountiesIncidence Rate Maps

Announcement re: 18 Industries May Increase Capacity (3/1/21)

Announcement re: Expanded Capacity for Child Care Facilities (3/15/21)

Announcement re: Restrictions to Ease with Vaccination Benchmark (4/12/21)

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.)



Phase 3 amended as of 3/31/21 through 4/28/21

Restrictions eased as of 4/28/21

Proclamation 29-JBE-2021 (3/2/21) (Moving into Phase 3)

Proclamation 66-JBE-2021 (3/30/21) (Amending, Extending Phase 3)

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



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

Certain distancing rules also lifting 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)



Capacity restrictions lifted as of 5/15/21

Announcement re: Lifting Early Closure of Bars and Restaurants 2/1 (1/28/21)

Executive Order 21-03-09-01 (3/9/21) (Lifting Restrictions) and Amended Health Guidance (MDH No. 2021-03-09-01)

Executive Order 21-04-28-01 (4/28/21) (Easing Restrictions) and Amended Health Guidance (MDH No. 2021-04-28-01)

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) 

Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

General Business Best Practices



All restrictions lifting as of 5/29/21

Announcement re: Move to Step 1 of Phase IV on 3/22/21 (3/18/21)

Appendix to Order No. 63 - Adjusting Gathering Limits (3/18/21)

COVID-19 Order No. 66 - Progressing to Phase IV, Step 1 (3/18/21)

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)



MI Vacc to Normal Plan for Reopening

In-person work for all sectors may resume as of 5/24/21

Amended order in effect from 5/15/21 through 5/31/21

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

Announcement re: Preventative Action Encouraged (4/9/21)

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)

Amended MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order (effective 5/6/21 to 5/31/21); Capacity Limits Sheet; Dining Guide (5/4/21); and FAQs

All MDHHS COVID-19 Orders

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

Vaccination Progress Tracker

Amended MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order (effective 5/15/21 to 5/31/21); Choosing Safer Activities; Large Outdoor Events Guidance; and Interim Guidance for Athletics (5/14/21)



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

Executive Order 21-11 (easing additional restrictions) (3/12/21)

Executive Order 21-19 (extending emergency) (4/15/21)

Guidance on Safely Reopening Minnesota Businesses

Businesses amd Employers Page

Stay Safe MN Industry Guidance Library (updated periodically)

COVID Preparedness Plan Information

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)



Most restrictions are no longer mandatory

Executive Order 1543 - Extending, Amending Safe Recovery Order (2/3/21)

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



Currently in Green phase, through 5/31/21

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

Announcement re: Move to "Green" Phase (1/29/21)

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 (updated 5/6/21, effective through 5/31/21)



Transition to local control effective as of 5/1/21

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

List of Endorsed County Mitigation Plans

Directive 040 - Venue Capacities, Protocols (3/5/21)

Directive 041 - Large Gatherings (3/12/21)

Directive 042 - Full and Close Contact Sports (3/29/21)

Local Transition Plan Guidance (3/4/21)

Announcement re: Full Reopening Planned for 6/1/21 (4/13/21)

Announcement re: Distancing Mandate Lifting 5/1/21 (4/13/21)

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

Executive Order 2021-05 (3/26/21) (extending state of emergency)

Emergency Order #88 (3/26/21) (renewing Safer at Home through 4/16/21)

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


New Jersey

Further restrictions easing as of 5/7/21

Full reopening of all sectors (with distancing) intended for 5/19/21; coordinated reopening with Connecticut and New York 

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

Announcements re: Executive Order Pending on Outdoor Gathering Size, and Events at Large Venues (3/29/21)

Announcement re: Administrative Order (Sports Gathering Limits, Self-service Food) (4/7/21)

Executive Order No. 235 (Extending Emergency) (4/15/21)

Announcement re: Gatherings/Venues Restrictions Easing on 5/10/21 (4/26/21)

Executive Order No. 237 (Summer Camps) and Guidance (4/28/21)

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)

Executive Order No. 240 (Extending Emergency, Perhaps a Final Time) (5/14/21)

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

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

Updated order in effect through 6/11/21

Public Health Order - Modifying Red to Green Framework to Add Turquoise (2/24/21)

Department of Health Safe Practices Site

New Mexico Safe Certification Training Program

Public Health Order - Clarifying Orders Still in Effect through 5/21/21  (4/23/21)

Announcement re: Framework & County Status Changes (4/28/21)

Amended Public Health Order - Clarifying Framework, in Effect through 5/21/21 (4/28/21)

Executive Order 2021-012 (renewing health emergency to 5/28/21) (4/30/21)

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

County-Level Dashboard / Red to Green Framework Site 

All COVID Public Health and Executive Orders

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


New York

Mitigation measures in place 

Full reopening of all sectors (with distancing) intended for 5/19/21; coordinated reopening with Connecticut and New Jersey

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

Executive Order 202.98 (fitness classes, gatherings) (3/21/21)

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

Announcement re: Raising Capacity at Venues, Arenas, Movie Theaters (4/19/21)

Announcement re: Raising Capacity at Outdoor Venues, Offices, Gyms, Casinos (4/26/21)

Announcement re: Easing Restrictions on Food/Beverage Service, Catered Events (4/28/21)

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

List of COVID-19 Executive Orders; Executive Orders Page

New York Forward (guidance, etc.)

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

Announcement re: Large-Scale Outdoor Event Venues (5/5/21)

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

Announcement re: Beaches and Pools (5/12/21)

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


North Carolina

Announcement re: June 1 Reopening Goal 

Restrictions further eased under amended order, effective 5/14/21 through 6/11/21

Executive Order No. 195 (Easing Restrictions, Lifting Modified Stay at Home) and FAQs (2/24/21)

Executive Order No. 204 (Easing Restrictions, Expanding Capacity) and FAQs (3/23/21)

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)

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 to lift as of 6/2/21

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

Announcement re: Youth Sports and County Fairs Guidance (3/11/21)

Second Amended Order on Adult Day Support Services and Vocational Habilitation Services (3/18/21)

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)



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

Emergency rescinded as of 5/4/21

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

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)



Risk and Protection County-Specific Framework with mitigation measures in place 

County levels assigned, effective 5/7/21

Indoor capacity limits relaxed as of 5/5/21

Reopening framework announced, with progress tied to vaccination rates

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: Reopening Plan with End of June Goal (4/30/21)

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

Oregon Health Authority Guidance and FAQs (guidance updated periodically)

Announcement re: County Level Adjustments Effective 5/7/21 and List (5/4/21)

Announcement re: Indoor Capacity Limits Relaxed by Risk Level (5/5/21)

Announcement re: "Extreme Risk" Restrictions Lifted (5/7/21)

Announcement re: Framework for Lifting of County Risk Level Approach, County Progress (5/11/21)

Announcement re: Orders Will Be Amended Per CDC Guidance - Agency Updates Forthcoming (5/13/21)

County Status and Phase Information - Table and Map

Updated Sector Risk Level Guidance



Most mitigation orders lifting as of 5/31/21

Accelerated, additional restrictions easing 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)


Puerto Rico

Mitigation measures in place

Amended order (OE-2021-027) in effect from 4/17/21 through 5/9/21

Order OE-2021-032 in effect from 5/10/21 through 5/23/21

Announcement re: Curfew, Business Hours Limit Eased (2/4/21)

Executive Order 2021-019 (3/11/21)

Announcement re: Curfew, Business Hours (4/7/21)

Executive Order 2021-026 (4/8/21)

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

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

All Executive Orders (typically available in Spanish only)


Rhode Island

Additional restrictions easing on 5/7/21 and 5/28/21

Most remaining restrictions likely to lift on 5/21/21, a week earlier than expected

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

Executive Order 21-36 - Extending Orders, including Protecting Your Household, to 5/17/21 (4/19/21)

Executive Order 21-37 - Extending Assorted Prior Orders (4/21/21)

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

Executive Order 21-39 - Amending Protecting Your Household (4/26/21)

Executive Order 21-46 - Amending and Restating Protecting Your Household through 5/27/21 (5/7/21)

Executive Order 21-48 - Amending Certain Capacity Limits (5/7/21)

Executive Order 21-49 - Extending Emergency (5/12/21)

Updated Business FAQs

All Executive Orders

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


South Carolina

Restrictions eased as of 3/1/21

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

Executive Order 2021-10 (2/21/21) (further extension of Order 2020-73)

Executive Order 2021-11 (3/1/21) (easing restrictions on alcohol service, gatherings)

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

Executive Order 2021-15 (3/23/21) (extending emergency and Order 2021-12)

Executive Order 2021-18 (4/7/21) (extending emergency and Order 2021-12)

Executive Order 2021-20 (4/22/21) (extending emergency and Order 2021-12)

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

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

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 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)

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 

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

Full List of Recommended Health Protocols

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

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



Public health order rescinded, per legislation

State and Local Orders and Directives

Public Health Order 2021-5 (2/22/21) (Extending and Amending Transmission Index Framework)

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)

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

Legislative Response Timeline and Summary

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



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

Step 3 accelerated and effective on 5/14/21

Announcement re: Changes to Travel and Gatherings Protocols (2/23/21)

Announcement re: Updated Sports Protocols (4/2/21)

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



Additional easing in effect as of 5/15/21

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

Fifth Amended Executive Order No. 72  (4/21/21)

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)



Two-week pause in current tier for all counties

Full reopening scheduled for 6/30/21, and counties eligible to move to Phase 3 as of 5/18/21

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?

Business Signage Toolkit

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 

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

Announcement: Two-week Pause on County Movement (5/4/21)

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)

Roadmap to Recovery Metrics and Dashboard


West Virginia

Simplified order in effect as of 4/19/21

County Alert System

Executive Order 5-21 (2/19/21) - Live Indoor Music

Executive Order 6-21 (2/19/21) - Social Gatherings; Restaurants and Bars

Announcement re: Small Businesses and Retail/Grocery Capacity Increased (2/19/21)

Executive Order 8-21 (3/5/21) - Relaxing Capacity Limits

Executive Order 9-21 (3/24/21) - Live Music Performances

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



Restrictions eased as of 4/1/21

Current provisions in effect through 5/31/21

Public Health Order re: Child Care and Education (formerly Order #1) (4/13/21) - Effective 4/16/21 through 4/30/21

Public Health Order re: Large Indoor Events of More than 500 People (formerly Order #2)  (4/13/21) - Effective 4/16/21 through 4/30/21

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

Active Department of Health Orders


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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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