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 We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.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

EEOC Guidance: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

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

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



Paused in Safer at Home phase 

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

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

Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses 

List of All Orders and Guidelines



No statewide mitigation measures

Health Orders Reissued

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 (11/16/20)



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)

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)

Health Directive - Early Closure of Bars, Restaurants (11/19/20)

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



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

Curfew in place from 11/21/2020 to 12/21/20 for Tier 1 (Purple) Counties

Updated COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening (7/31/20)

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

Announcement re: Roll Back of Tier Status in 39 Counties

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

All California Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance Documents 

Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk (updated 10/20/20)

Limited Stay at Home Order for Tier 1 (Purple) Counties (11/19/20)

Emergency Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Regulation (adopted 11/19/20)

California Blueprint Data Chart with County Status (found here) (updated 11/24/20)



Reopening paused and partial closure in effect; mitigation measures for various counties in place as of 11/20/20

Announcement re: "Dial" Framework for CountiesCDPHE Announcement (9/15/20)

Executive Order D 2020-199 (Extending Safer at Home) (9/20/20)

Executive Order D 2020-213 (Amending Safer at Home) (10/6/20)

Public Health Order 20-35 (Updated Safer at Home Dial) (10/27/20)

Executive Order D 2020 235 (Consolidated Protect Our Neighbors and Safer at Home in the Vast, Great Outdoors) (10/31/20)

Announcement re: County Adjustments (11/5/20)

First Amended Public Health Order 20-36 (Changes to Dial Framework) (11/17/20)

Announcement re: County Adjustments as of 11/20/20 (11/17/20)

Announcement re: County Adjustments as of 11/21/20 (11/19/20)

Second Amended Public Health Order 20-36 (Update to Dial Framework) (11/20/20)

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)

County COVID-19 Alert Map

Latest Guidance Summarizing Status

Full List of Sector Rules and Self-Certification for Reopening 



Paused in Phase 2 and mitigation measures in place as of 11/23/20

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

Phase Two General and Industry-Specific Guidelines

Reopening Status and All Guidance

27th Modification of State of Emergency (9/4/20) (incorporating, extending prior orders)

2nd Revision to 27th Modification of State of Emergency (11/5/20) (lifting bar closures)

Revision to the 27th Modification (9/25/20) (large gatherings)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures Effective 11/23/20 (11/17/20) and Third Revision to the 27th Modification (11/20/20)


District of Columbia

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

Announcement re: Phase Two Beginning June 22

Amended Phase Two Order (10/7/20)

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

Phase Two Information and Guidelines

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



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 11/30/20

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

Executive Order (, extension of Empowering a Healthy Georgia order)

Executive Order (, extension to 11/15/20)

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

Guidelines for Businesses



Act with Care Stage of Reopening Framework

Twelfth Proclamation (8/20/20)

Thirteenth Proclamation (9/22/20)

Fourteenth Proclamation (10/13/20)

Fifteenth Proclamation (11/16/20)

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

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



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

Announcement re: Stage 4 Extension (10/1/20)

Announcement re: Stage 4 Extension (10/15/20)

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)

Business-specific protocols for opening



Mitigation measures in place, terms based on region; and stricter measures statewide in place as of 11/20/20

Phase 4 Industry-Specific Guidance

Executive Order 2020-59 (10/16/20) (extensions, amendment re: retail)

Announcement re: Tier 2 Enhanced Restrictions for Region 1 (10/22/20) and Executive Order 2020-62 (10/23/20) (Region 1)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures in Regions 4 and 10 (10/26/20) and Executive Order 2020-63 (10/27/20) (Regions 4 and 10)

Announcement re: Updated Winter Sports Guidance (10/27/20)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures in Region 11 (Chicago) (10/27/20) and Executive Order 2020-64 (10/29/20)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures in Region 9 (10/28/20) and Executive Order 2020-65 (10/29/20) (Region 9)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures in Region 3 (10/29/20) and Executive Order 2020-66 (10/29/20) (Region 3)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures in Region 6 (10/30/20) and Executive Order 2020-67 (10/30/20) (Region 6)

Announcement re: Mitigation Measures in Region 2 and Executive Order 2020-69 (11/2/20) (Region 2)

Announcement re: Tier 2 Mitigation Measures for Regions 5, 7, 8 (11/9/20) and Executive Order 2020-70 (11/10/20) (Regions 5, 7, 8)

Executive Order 2020-71 (11/13/20) (reissuing the above mitigation orders, among others)

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

Regional Phase Dashboard

General Business Toolkit (posters, checklists, etc.)

All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations



Mitigation measures in place as of 11/15/20

Executive Order 20-43 - Moving to Stage 5 (9/24/20)

Executive Order 20-46 - Stage 5 Extension (10/15/20)

What's Open, What's Closed?

County Guidelines by Color

Return to Work Guidance Letter

Back on Track General & Industry Guidelines

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



Mitigation measures in place as of 11/17/20

Proclamation (extending mitigation steps in two counties) (9/25/20)

Proclamation (reopenings in Johnson and Story Counties) (10/2/20)

Proclamation (extending emergency and mitigation measures) (10/16/20)

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)

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)



Mitigation measures in place, with additional measures as of 11/20/20

Public Health Order - Social Gatherings Limited to 10 People (7/20/20)

Announcement re: Restaurant, Bars Operating Hours & Updated Guidance (9/15/20)

Minimum Requirements for All Entities

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

Recommended Actions for Red Zone CountiesIncidence Rate Maps

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



Step back into revised Phase 2 as of 11/25/20 and for at least 4 weeks

Proclamation 123 JBE 2020 (9/17/20) (Alcohol Sales Hours)

Announcement re: Alcohol Sales in Certain Parishes, for Sporting Events (10/5/20)

Proclamation 134 JBE 2020 (10/8/20) (Phase 3 Extended)

Proclamation 143 JBE 2020 (10/22/20) (Amended Phase 3)

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

Proclamation 168-JBE-2020 (11/24/20) (Step Back to 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 from 11/20/20 to 12/6/20

Announcement re: Move to Allow Indoor Bar Service Delayed (6/22/20)

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)

COVID-19 Prevention Checklists for Businesses Reopening (updated 11/19/20)



Mitigation measures in place as of 11/11/20; stricter mitigation measures as of 11/20/20

Executive Order 20-09-01-01 (9/1/20) (Stage Three) and Announcement

Executive Order 20-09-18-01  (9/18/20) (Expanded Indoor Dining) and Announcement

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)

Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

General Business Best Practices



Mitigation measures in place

Announcement re: Step II of Phase III for Lower-Risk Areas (9/29/20)

COVID-19 Order No. 52 - Gathering Sizes (9/29/20)

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)

COVID-19 Order No. 54 - Gatherings Restrictions (11/2/20)

COVID-19 Order No. 56 - Lower-Risk Communities (11/6/20)

List of Communities Not Lower Risk - For Purposes of Order No. 56

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



Closures in place per "Three Week Pause" order as of 11/18/20

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.

Amended MDHHS Emergency Order (10/9/20) 

Updated and Extended MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Emergency Order (10/29/20); InfographicFact Sheet

All MDHHS COVID-19 Orders

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

MDHHS Emergency Order - Three-Week Pause, FAQs & Infographic (11/15/20) 



Mitigation measures in place as of 11/13/20 and Four-Week Dial Back in place as of 11/20/20

Executive Order 20-74 (Phase III) (6/5/20)

Contact Tracing Guidelines for Employers (9/23/20)

Guidance on Safely Reopening Minnesota Businesses

Stay Safe MN Industry Guidance Library

COVID Preparedness Plan Information

Executive Order 20-96 (mitigation measures) (11/10/20)

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



Safe Recovery stage through 12/11/20

Executive Order 1522 - extending Safe Return, easing some restrictions (9/13/20)

Executive Order 1525 - Safe Recovery (9/30/20)

Executive Order 1527 - Targeted Measures in Higher Risk Counties (10/19/20)

Executive Order 1528 - Additional Higher Risk Counties (10/26/20)

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

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

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



Paused in Phase 2 of Reopening Montana and mitigation measures in place as of 11/20/20

Directive re: Phase Two (5/19/20)

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

Montana COVID FAQs Page



Mitigation measures in place as of 11/11/20

Announcement re: Current DHMs Extended, Next Steps (8/27/20)

Announcement re: More Restrictive DHM 10/21 to 11/30 (10/16/20)

Announcement re: Amended, More Restrictive DHMs 11/11 to 11/30 (11/9/20) and Summary of Changes

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

State Overview and DHHS COVID-19 Site

COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents

All County Directed Health Measures with Effective Dates (updated 11/24/20)



Mitigation measures in place as of 11/24/20 for 3 weeks

Directive 030 - Formalizing New Normal Mitigation Strategy (8/14/20)

Mitigation Measures Summary and Guidance for Bars, Pubs, etc. (9/17/20)

Directive 033 (9/30/20)

Directive 034 - Sports (10/2/20)

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

Updated Screening Guides (for Employees, Visitors) & Signage

Task Force Summary - Gathering Limits in Washoe County (11/6/20)

Task Force Assessments

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

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

Governor Directives and Declarations


New Hampshire

Paused in Safer at Home

Updated Restaurant Guidance (eff. 10/1/20)

Ski Area Reopening Guidance (10/2/20)

Updated Guidance for Amateur and Youth Sports (10/15/20)

Guidance for Hockey and Indoor Ice Arenas (10/23/20)

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

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

Safer at Home Schedule with General and Specific Guidance


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)

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


New Mexico

Closures in place per "Two-Week Reset" order as of 11/16/20

Announcement re: Mitigation Steps Effective October 23 (10/20/20)

Amended Public Health Order (Mitigation Measures: Retail, Restaurants/Bars) (10/22/20)

Public Health Emergency Order (penalties for health violations) (11/5/20)

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

All COVID Public Health and Executive Orders

Department of Health Safe Practices Site

New Mexico Safe Certification Training Program


New York

Mitigation measures in place as of 11/13/20

Micro-Cluster Strategy

Announcements re: Malls and Casinos Reopening (9/3/20) and Executive Order 202.60 (9/4/20)

Executive Order 202.61 (9/9/20) (indoor dining in NYC) and Guidance

Announcement re: Cluster Action Initiative (10/6/20)

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)

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

Maps of Current Micro-Clusters


North Carolina

Phase 3 extended to 12/11/20

Alcohol Sales & Service FAQs

Executive Order No. 169 (move to Phase 3) and FAQs (9/30/20)

Executive Order  No. 170 (Phase 3 Extension) (10/21/20)

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)

Businesses and Employers Guidance

Count on Me NC Training

All DHHS Guidance 


North Dakota

Mitigation measures in place as of 11/16/20

ND Smart Restart Protocols

ND Smart Restart Employer/Employee FAQs

Announcement re: Updating Smart Restart Protocols (10/14/20)

Updated Standards for All Industries

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



Mitigation measures in place

Curfew in effect 11/19/20 for 21 days 

Public Health Order - Dine Safe (reopening restaurants, bars for dine-in) (9/23/20)

Amended Director's Order - Cosmetology (10/9/20)

Amended Director's Order - Adult Day Care and Senior Centers (10/16/20)

Announcement re: Updated Mask and Gathering Orders (11/11/20)

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)

Sector-Specific Operating Requirements

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



Paused in Phase 3 and mitigation measures in place as of 11/18/20

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)



Closures in effect statewide per "Two-Week Freeze" as of 11/18/20

(Freeze previously in effect for specific counties)

Executive Order 20-27 (6/5/20)

Phase 2 Guidance

Executive Order 20-58 (agricultural housing) (10/23/20)

Announcement re: Pause Measures for Social Activities in Certain Counties (11/6/20)

Announcement re: Addition of Counties to Two-Week Pause (11/9/20)

Announcement re: Two-Week Freeze (11/13/20) and Executive Order 20-65 (11/17/20)

General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 and FAQs

County Status and Phase Information 

Oregon Health Authority Guidance and FAQs

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



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

*Alcohol sales at bars/restaurants limited on 11/25/20 - must cease no later than 5:00 p.m.

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: Mitigation, Enforcement, Immunity and Related Public Health Order (11/23/20)

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)


Puerto Rico

Mitigation measures in effect

Order Announced Reopening Certain Sectors (9/11/20)

Measures Extended to October 16 (10/1/20)

Measures Amended/Extended to November 13 (10/16/20)

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

All Executive Orders (typically available in Spanish only)


Rhode Island

Paused in Revised Phase III

"Two-Week Pause" announced, to be in place from 11/30/20 to 12/13/20

Executive Order 20-83 (10/6/20) (extending early closure of bars)

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

Executive Order 20-88 - Updated and Extended Phase III (10/28/20)

Executive Order 20-90 - Amended and Restated Phase III (10/30/20)

Executive Order 20-95 - Revised Phase III (11/5/20)

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

All Executive Orders

Sector-Specific Guidelines, Posters and More available here


South Carolina

Reopening paused

Executive Order 2020-45 (7/10/20) (Liquor Sales)

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)

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)

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



No statewide mitigation measures

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

Executive Order 63 (9/29/20)

Tennessee Pledge Business Guidelines (General and Industry) (updated 10/2/20)



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; mitigation measures in place through 12/8/20

State and Local Orders and Directives

COVID-19 Business Manual (updated 10/19/20) 

Updated Transmission Index FrameworkInitial County AssessmentsBusiness ManualSummary of Guidance at All Levels, and FAQs 

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)



Mitigation measures in place as of 11/14/20

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)

ACCD Resource Center: All Sector Specific Guidance

VOSHA COVID-19 Safety Training

Updated Interpretive Health Guidance from Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) (last amended 11/23/20)



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

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)

Guidelines for All Business Sectors, including Phase Three Guidelines



Closures in place per Four-Week Roll Back as of 11/16/20

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

Announcement re: Pause in Safe Start Progression (10/6/20) (updated guidance also provided)

Announcement re: Modified Phase 1 Counties Moving to Phase 2 (10/13/20)

Information about and Status of County Variances

What's Open in Each Phase?

Business Signage Toolkit

Safe Start Plans and Guidance

All COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

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


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

(pending litigation)

On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidated Governor Evers’ prior executive orders imposing restrictions on businesses.

Emergency Order #3 (10/6/20) (gathering limits) and FAQs - This order is subject to ongoing litigation.

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

WEDC Industry-Specific Reopen Guidelines




Extended Order re: Public Spaces (11/13/20)

Extended Order re: Public Gatherings (11/13/20)

Extended Order re: Personal Services (11/13/20)

Amended Order re: Public Spaces (11/19/20)

Amended Order re: Public Gatherings (11/19/20)

Extended Order re: Personal Services (11/19/20)

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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