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 We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.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




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. CDC - Mask Order - Transportation (1/29/21)

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. CDC - Interim Quarantine Guidance for Vaccinated Persons (2/10/21)

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)



Safer Apart Order in effect as of 4/9/21

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)

Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses 

List of All Orders and Guidelines



No statewide mitigation measures

Travel Health Advisories updated 4/26/21

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)



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

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 1/26/21); Executive Order N-84-20 (12/14/20) (amending quarantine guidance)

Announcement re: Blueprint Updated to Allow Outdoor Stadiums, Theme Parks and Updated Sector Chart (3/5/21) 

Interim Indoor Ventilation Guidance (2/26/21)

Announcement re: Updated Guidance for Bars, Breweries/Wineries, and Sleepaway Camps (3/11/21)

All California Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance Documents 

All Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk 

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

Announcement re: Update to Blueprint Framework Effective 4/15/21 (4/2/21)

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

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

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

Announcement re: Updated Guidance for Events, Gatherings, Fully Vaccinated People (4/15/21)

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

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



Mitigation measures vary across counties, depending on risk level

New order in effect as of 4/16/21

Sixth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 and FAQs (2/5/21) (establishing Dial 2.0)

Executive Order D 2021-047 (2/23/21) (amending, extending Dial Framework)

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

Public Health Order 20-38: Limited Restrictions (4/16/21)



Restrictions eased as of 3/19/21

Full reopening of all sectors intended for 5/19/21

Consolidated orders issued and in effect through 5/20/21

Announcement re: Plan to Ease Restrictions (3/4/21)

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

County COVID-19 Alert Map (updated weekly)

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)

Full List of Sector Rules and Self-Certification for Reopening 

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



Mitigation measures in place 

Phase Two General and Industry-Specific Guidelines

Reopening Status and All Guidance

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

6th Revision to 27th Modification (2/4/21) (expanding business capacity on 2/12/21)

7th Revision to 27th Modification (2/19/21) (further relaxing business capacity)

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)


District of Columbia

Modified Phase Two with mitigation measures in place 

Restrictions eased as of 3/22/21

Further easing taking effect on 5/1/21

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)

Updated Phase Two Information and Guidelines (revised periodically)



Phase 3

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)

All COVID-19-Related Orders



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

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

Executive Order (, amending and extending to 2/28/21)

Executive Order (, amending and extending to 3/15/21)

Executive Order (, amending and effective to 3/31/21)

Executive Order (, extending emergency)

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)

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)

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



Currently in Stage 3 of Idaho Rebounds framework

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)

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)

Business-specific protocols for opening and stages of reopening



Mitigation measures in place

All regions currently in Phase 4 of the reopening framework

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)

Regional Phase Dashboard

General Business Toolkit (posters, checklists, etc.)

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

Executive Order 21-02 (1/28/21) - Modified Restrictions; Summary of Guidelines

Executive Order 21-06 (2/25/21) - Extension through 3/31/21

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)

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)

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)



Enhanced mitigation measures in place 

Reopening goal announced

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

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)

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)

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 easing as of 4/28/21

Proclamation 17-JBE-2021 (2/11/21) (Extending Modified Phase 2)

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



Reopening paused and partial closure in effect

Moving Maine Forward plan eased capacity limits as of 3/26/21

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

Announcement re: Early Closures Ending 2/1 (1/28/21)

Executive Order No. 31FY20/21 (limits on houses of worship)

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)



Mitigation measures in place

Restrictions eased as of 3/12/21

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

Executive Order 21-01-28-01 (1/28/21) (Lifting Restaurant Curfew)

Executive Order 21-03-09-02 (3/9/21) (Adult Day care Centers)

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

Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

General Business Best Practices



Restrictions eased with move to Step 1 of Phase IV as of 3/22/21

Reopening steps planned, with full reopening scheduled for 8/1/21

COVID-19 Order No. 63 - Raising Capacity Limits to 40%; Maintaining Phase III, Step I (2/4/21)

COVID-19 Order No. 65 - Returning State to Phase III, Step 2 on 3/1/21  (2/25/21)

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)

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

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



Amended order in effect through 5/24/21

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.

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

Updated MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order; Gatherings Infographic; Sports Infographic (2/4/21); Sports Guidance (2/8/21)

Updated MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks OrderGatherings Infographic; Capacity Limits Sheet; Outdoor Seating Graphic (3/2/21)

Amended MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order (effective 3/22/21 to 4/19/21); Capacity Limits SheetDining Guide, and Epidemic Order FAQs (3/19/21)

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

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

Amended MDHHS Gatherings and Face Masks Order (effective to 5/24/21); Capacity Limits Sheet (4/16/21)

All MDHHS COVID-19 Orders



Series of changes, relaxing restrictions, took effect on 3/15/21, 4/1/21, and 4/15/21

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)

Executive Order 21-07 (further easing restrictions) (2/12/21)

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

COVID Preparedness Plan Information



Most restrictions are no longer mandatory

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

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

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)

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 4/28/21, effective through 5/31/21)



Restrictions further eased on 3/15/21 as planned, with a transition to local control on 5/1/21

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

Announcement re: New 75-Day Roadmap to Recovery Framework and Infographic (2/11/21)

Directive 037 - Roadmap to Recovery Plan (2/14/21)

Directive 038 - School, Sports Protocols (2/17/21)

Directive 039 - Sporting Activities (3/2/21)

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)

Current Status: Mitigation Measures (rev. 3/12/21)

Governor Directives and Declarations (some updated 4/8/21)

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


New Hampshire

Paused in Safer at Home through 5/7/21

Executive Order 2021-04 (3/5/21) (extending state of emergency)

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)

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

Safer at Home Schedule with General and Specific Guidance


New Jersey

Restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, and capacity limits, further eased as of 3/19/21

Additional restrictions eased as of 4/2/21

Further restrictions easing as of 5/10/21

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

Executive Order No. 228 (Wedding Receptions) (3/3/21)

Executive Order No. 230 (Restrictions Easing on 3/19/21) (3/11/21)

Executive Order No. 232 (Interstate Youth Sports Competitions) (3/17/21)

Executive Order No. 234 (Restrictions Easing as of 4/2/21) (3/29/21)

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)

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


New Mexico

County-specific framework with mitigation measures in place 

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

Executive Order 2021-011 (renewing health emergency to 4/30/21) (4/2/21)

Announcement re: County Level Updates (4/8/21)

Public Health Order - Clarifying Orders in Effect through 5/7/21 (4/9/21)

Announcement re: County Level Updates (4/21/21)

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

County-Level Dashboard / Red to Green Framework Site 

All COVID Public Health and Executive Orders


New York

Mitigation measures in place 

Some capacity restrictions easing (outdoor venues, offices, gyms)

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

Phase Three Overview and Guidance

Phase Four Overview and Guidance

Regional Map and Status of Regional Reopening

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

Executive Order 202.94 (restaurants/bars open until 11:00 p.m.) (2/14/21)

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

Announcement re: Wedding Receptions/Catered Events Resume Statewide and Guidance (3/15/21)

Announcement re: Yellow Zone Clusters Lifting; Indoor Fitness Classes; Curfew for Certain Operations (3/17/21)

Announcement re: Statewide Travel for Sports (3/18/21)

Announcement re: Sports & Performing Arts Venues (3/18/21)

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

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

Announcement re: Collegiate Sports Spectators (3/30/21)

Announcement re: Capacity for Arts & Entertainment Venues (4/2/21)

Announcement re: Commencement Ceremonies (4/12/21)

Announcement re: Racing Spectators, Food/Beverage Curfew (4/14/21)

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)

List of COVID-19 Executive Orders; Executive Orders Page


North Carolina

Restrictions eased under amended order, effective from 3/26/21 through 4/30/21

Announcement re: June 1 Reopening Goal 

Executive Order No. 189 (Stay at Home Extension) and FAQs (1/27/21)

Executive Order No. 190 (Renewing Mixed Drinks To-Go) and FAQs (1/27/21)

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)

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 lifting on April 30

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)

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

All Executive Orders 



Mitigation measures, simplified health order in place

Announcement re: Gradual Easing of Curfew (1/25/21); and Curfew FAQs

Announcement re: Restrictions Easing for Sporting and Entertainment Venues (2/25/21)

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)

Amended Director's Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating (revised 4/27/21)

Sector-Specific Operating Requirements

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



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

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

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 for 4/23/21 through 5/6/21

County levels reassessed, effective 4/30/21 through 5/6/21

General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 and FAQs

Phase 2 Guidance

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) 

Announcement re: Modification to County Designations Process - Extreme Risk (3/4/21)

Announcement re: Outdoor Rec & Fitness Capacity (3/17/21)

Announcement re: County Level Adjustments Effective 4/9/21 and List (4/6/21)

Announcement re: County Level Adjustments Effective 4/23/21 and List (4/20/21)

Announcement re: County Levels Reassessed Due to Case Trends, Effective 4/30/21 and List (4/27/21)

County Status and Phase Information - Table and Map

Updated Sector Risk Level Guidance



Mitigation measures in effect

Restrictions further eased as of 4/4/21

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


Puerto Rico

Mitigation measures in place

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

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)

All Executive Orders (typically available in Spanish only)


Rhode Island

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

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

Executive Order 21-24 - Easing Some Restrictions (3/12/21)

Executive Order 21-27 - Amending and Restating Protecting Your Household (3/19/21)

Executive Order 21-29 - Amending Order 21-27 (3/26/21) (affecting retail, restaurants)

Executive Order 21-31 - Amending Order 21-27 (4/1/21) (affecting youth hockey)

Executive Order 21-34 -  Amending Order 21-27 through 4/17/21 (4/9/21) (affecting gatherings and venues of assembly)

Executive Order 21-35 - Extending Emergency (4/14/21)

Announcement re: Concerts, Commencements/Benchmark Dates (4/8/21)

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)

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)

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

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)

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) (4/5/21)



Transmission Index Framework in place

Amended public health order issued consistent with legislation and effective through 6/15/21

State and Local Orders and Directives

Public Health Order 2021-3 (1/21/21) (Extension)

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



Mitigation measures in place through 5/15/21

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

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 under Vermont Forward Plan (Universal and Sector-Specific Guidance) (4/6/21)

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



Capacity limits further eased as of 4/1/21

Additional easing in effect as of 5/15/21

Guidelines for All Business Sectors, including Phase Three Guidelines

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

Amended Executive Order No. 72 (Extension of Mitigation Measures to 2/28/21) (1/27/21)

Second Amended Executive Order No. 72 (Amending re: Recreational Sports) (2/17/21)

Third Amended Executive Order No. 72 (Easing Capacity Limits) (2/24/21)

Fourth Amended Executive Order No. 72 (Further Easing Capacity Limits) (3/23/21)

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)



All regions progressed to Phase 3 on 3/22/21

Rollback to Phase 2 for three counties as of 4/16/21

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: All Regions Pause in Phase 2 (2/26/21)

Announcement re: All Regions Will Progress to Phase 3 (3/11/21)

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

Announcement re: Three Counties Rolling Back to Phase 2 (4/12/21)

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 

Roadmap to Recovery Metrics and Dashboard

All COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers (updated 4/19/21)


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

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 4/30/21

Public Health Order re: Child Care and Education (formerly Order #1) (3/12/21)  

Public Health Order re: Large Indoor Events of More than 500 People (formerly Order #2) (3/12/21)  

Public Health Order re: Child Care and Education (formerly Order #1) (3/26/21) - Effective 4/1/21 through 4/15/21

Public Health Order re: Large Indoor Events of More than 500 People (formerly Order #2) (3/26/21)  - Effective 4/1/21 through 4/15/21

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

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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