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



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

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

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 We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.

Employers might also wish to review our 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




What's New at the CDC

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

U.S. OSHA - FAQs on Face Coverings 

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. OSHA - General FAQs  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. OSHA - Announcement of Inspection Procedures for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (6/30/21)

U.S. CDC - Updated Guidance for Schools and Child Care (7/9/21)

U.S. OSHA - Announcement re: Revised National Emphasis Program and Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan (7/8/21)



Safer Apart Order expired 5/31/21

Emergency terminated 7/6/21

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

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

Announcement re: Confirming Safe Apart Order Expiration

Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses 

List of All Orders and Guidelines

Proclamation - Terminating Emergency (7/6/21)



No statewide mitigation measures

Travel Health Advisories updated 4/26/21

Disaster declaration terminated 4/30/21

Safe Travels page and portal

Alaska COVID Page and FAQs

Response and Recovery Health Advisories

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

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

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

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

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

Industry-Specific Guidance Materials (updated periodically)



Restrictions eased as of 3/5/21

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

Various orders rescinded

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

Announcement re: Various Orders Rescinded (7/2/21)



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

Emergency declaration expired 5/30/21

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

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

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

Health Advisory - Vigilance Urged (7/2/21)



Updated guidance effective 6/15/21

Business restrictions lifted 6/15/21

Workplace regulations updated 6/17/21

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

Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (updated periodically)

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

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

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

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

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

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

All Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

Cal/OSHA Summary of Revisions to ETS (6/16/21) and FAQs about the Revisions

What Employers Need to Know About the June 18 Standards (6/21/21)

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

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

Safely reopening California” page

Safe Reopening FAQs for Workers and Employers (7/8/21)



Emergency and related executive orders rescinded as of 7/8/21 

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

Safer at Home Industry Guidance

Dial Dashboard (including search function) and Local Variances

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

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

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

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

Fourth Amended Public Health Order 20-38 (6/30/21)

Executive Order D 2021 121 (amending, extending emergency for 30 days) (6/30/21)

Executive Order D 2021-122 (ending health emergency and related executive orders, extending some regulatory/recovery provisions)  (7/8/21)



Latest status, guidance

Emergency renewed through 9/30/21

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 

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

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

Renewal of Emergency Declaration through 9/30/21 Sought - and Approved by Legislature (7/14/21)

Executive Order No. 13 (extensions, modifications, terminations) (7/19/21)

All Executive Orders 

Latest Guidance Page



Capacity restrictions lifted as of 5/21/21

Emergency lifted as scheduled on 7/13/21

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

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

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

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

Temporary, emergency rule re: Home Health Agencies (7/1/21)

Announcement re: LTCF Guidance Will Continue (7/12/21)

Termination of State of Emergency (7/12/21)


District of Columbia

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

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

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

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

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

Updated Phase Two Information and Guidelines (revised periodically)



No statewide mitigation measures

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

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

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

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

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

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

All COVID-19-Related Orders



Empowering a Healthy Georgia order expired

Economic recovery emergency order expiring 7/30/21

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

Executive Order (, extending Empowering a Healthy Georgia order through 7/1/21)

Executive Order (, extending emergency to 7/1/21)

Executive Order (, establishing economic recovery emergency through 7/30/21)

Executive Order (, extending certain regulatory suspensions)

Guidelines for Businesses



Act with Care Stage of Reopening Framework

Timeline for lifting travel restrictions

Framework for lifting other restrictions

Final preparations made for 7/8/21 changes to travel program

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

Safe Travels Digital Platform; Getting to Hawaii Information Page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcement re: Expected Relaxing of Certain Restrictions on 7/8/21 (6/24/21)

Updated Travel FAQs



Progressed to Stage 4 of Idaho Rebounds framework

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

Proclamation Extending Emergency (4/23/21)

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

Proclamation Extending Emergency (6/18/21) (30-day extension)

Proclamation Extending Emergency (7/18/21) (30-day extension)

Business-specific protocols for opening and stages of reopening



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

General Business Toolkit (posters, checklists, etc.)

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

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

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

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

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

Regional Phase Dashboard

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

Executive Order 2021-14 - Extending Prior Provisions to 7/24/21 (6/25/21)

All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations



Statewide restrictions eased as of 4/6/21

What's Open, What's Closed?

Back on Track General & Industry Guidelines

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

Executive Order 21-16 - Extending emergency to 7/31/21 (6/30/21)

Executive Order 21-17 - Limited Health and Welfare Provisions (6/30/21)

Map of County Status



Mitigation measures eased as of 2/7/21

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

Proclamation (extending emergency through 7/25/21) (6/25/21)

Iowa Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance



No statewide mitigation measures

Emergency expired on 6/15/21

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)

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

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

Emergency Expired 6/15/21



Full reopening as of 6/11/21

Updated general business guidance effective 6/11/21

Minimum Requirements for All Entities

Recommended Actions for Red Zone CountiesIncidence Rate Maps

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

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

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

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

Healthy at Work - Guidance for All Entities

Healthy at Work - Supplemental Guidance for Healthcare Facilities (updated 7/1/21)



Business restrictions lifted as of 5/26/21

Proclamation 79-JBE-2021 (4/27/21) (easing restrictions through 5/26/21)

Guidance - Can This Business Open?

Louisiana Department of Health News and Orders

Link to Register with Open Safely LA

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

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

Proclamation 117-JBE-2021 (6/22/21) (extending emergency, existing provisions to 7/21/21)



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

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

Emergency terminated 6/30/21

Maine CDC FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Order No. 40FY20/21 (6/30/21) (retaining some flexibility for certain pandemic-related services)



Capacity restrictions lifted as of 5/15/21

All statewide restrictions expired 7/1/21

HB 581 - Requiring Employers to Take Health and Safety Actions

Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

General Business Best Practices

Proclamation Extending Emergency (6/12/21)

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

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

Proclamation - Renewing State of Emergency (7/12/21) (immunity provisions)



All restrictions lifted as of 5/29/21

State of emergency expired as of 6/15/21

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Orders

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces (retired)

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

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

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

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

Reopening Massachusetts



MI Vacc to Normal Plan for Reopening

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

MIOSHA rules rescinded; healthcare rules adopted

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

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

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

All MDHHS COVID-19 Orders

MIOSHA Rules Rescinded; Healthcare Emergency Rules Issued (6/22/21)

Announcement re: Schools Recommendations (6/25/21)

Announcement re: Rescission of Agricultural Worker Epidemic Order (7/2/21) (other protections remain in place)



Emergency expired as of 7/1/21

Guidance on Safely Reopening Minnesota Businesses

COVID Preparedness Plan Information

Businesses amd Employers Page

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

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

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

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

Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19

Stay Safe MN Industry Guidance Library (updated periodically, numerous updates on 6/30/21)

Announcement re: Emergency Expiring 7/1/21 (6/30/21)



Most protocols are no longer mandatory

Emergency expiring on 8/15/21

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

Health Recommendations in Effect through 7/26/21 (7/9/21)



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 to 8/31/21 (3/26/21)



Restrictions further eased as of 2/12/21

Emergency terminated 6/30/21

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)

Executive Order No. 10-2021 (terminating emergency)  (6/30/21)

Montana COVID FAQs Page



All DHMs expired as of 5/24/21

Emergency expired on 6/30/21

State Overview and DHHS COVID-19 Site

COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents

Summary Table of Color-Coded Phases

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

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

Executive Order 2021-09 (terminating emergency, extending certain orders) (6/28/21)



Current Status and List of Endorsed County Mitigation Plans

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

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

Task Force Assessments - Including Reviews of County Mitigation Plans

Governor Directives and Declarations 

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

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

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

Nevada OSHA - Updated Guidance for Businesses (6/24/21); and COVID-19 FAQs


New Hampshire

Business restrictions lifted as of 5/7/21

State of emergency expired on 6/11/21

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

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

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

Safer at Home Schedule with General and Specific Guidance

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

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


New Jersey

Emergency lifted; some measures in place per legislation

Executive Order No. 192 - Workplace Safety Standards (10/28/20) (expired 7/4/21)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcement re: Release of Schools Guidance (6/28/21)

Announcement re: Confirming Expiration of Executive Order No. 192 (Workplace Safety Standards) (7/2/21)

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


New Mexico

Full reopening effective as of 7/1/21

New Mexico Safe Certification Training Program

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

County-Level Dashboard / Red to Green Framework Site 

Announcement re: Full Reopening Scheduled for 7/1/21 (6/18/21)

All COVID Public Health and Executive Orders

Revised Public Health Order - Effective Through 7/30/21 (6/30/21)

COVID-Safe Practices for Employers (6/30/21)


New York

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

Emergency (and associated executive orders) expired on 6/24/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Order No. 202.111 (lifting limits on gatherings) (6/16/21)

List of COVID-19 Executive OrdersExecutive Orders Page

New York Forward (guidance, etc.)

Announcement re: Emergency Expiring (6/23/21)

Executive Order No. 210 - Terminating Emergency and Travel Restrictions (per prior orders 202 and 205) (6/24/21)


North Carolina

Specific measures extended to 7/30/21

Order and mask mandate will expire 7/30/21

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

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

County Alert System

Businesses and Employers Guidance

Count on Me NC Training

All DHHS Guidance 

Announcement re: Schools Guidance; Current Order Will Expire As Scheduled 7/30/21 (7/21/21) (emergency will remain in place)


North Dakota

Statewide risk level currently at Green

Emergency declaration lifted on 4/30/21

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 



Health orders lifted on 6/2/21

State of emergency lifted on 6/18/21

Sector-Specific Operating Recommendations

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

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

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

Director's Order - Rescinding Pandemic-Related Orders as of 6/18/21 (6/17/21)

Executive Order 2021-08D - Terminating State of Emergency (6/18/21)



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

Emergency rescinded as of 5/4/21

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

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)



Restrictions lifting at 70% vaccination rate, or 6/30/21, whichever comes first - occurred on 6/30/21

General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 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) 

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

County Status and Phase Information - Table and Map

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

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

Vaccination Tracking Dashboard

Oregon Health Authority Guidance and FAQs (guidance updated periodically)

Executive Order No. 21-15 - Lifting Remaining Restrictions at 70% Vaccination or 6/30/21; Emergency Extended to 12/31/21 (6/25/21)

Announcement re: Oregon OSHA Revised Rules for General Workplaces (6/30/21)

Indoor air considerations for smaller spaces (6/30/21)

Workplace Advisory Memo 7.19.21: Interim OSHA Guidance Regarding the Status of the Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (7/19/21)



Most mitigation orders lifted as of 5/31/21

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

Emergency terminated by legislative resolution as of 6/19/21 (as noted here)

Responding to COVID-19 Business Guidance Materials

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

Current Mitigation Status

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

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

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

Emergency terminated (noted here) by legislative resolution


Puerto Rico

Order OE-2021-43 was in effect from 6/7/21 through 7/5/21

Order OE-2021-054 repeals prior order and delegates authority to health department to adopt safety measures as of 7/5/21

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

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

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

Executive Order 2021-054 (7/1/21)

All Executive Orders (typically available in Spanish only)


Rhode Island

All capacity limits lifted 5/21/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Order 21-76 - Terminating Several Prior Orders, including 21-68 and 21-69 (7/6/21)

Executive Order 21-77 - Extending Emergency to 8/6/21 (7/8/21)

Executive Order 21-78 - Extending Quarantine and Isolation Order (7/14/21)

Executive Order 21-79 - Extending Emergency Regulations (7/16/21)

All Executive Orders

Updated Business FAQs

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


South Carolina

Restrictions eased as of 3/1/21

Emergency declaration expired

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

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

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

Department of Health and Environment Control Guidance

Reopening Guidelines Available from accelerateSC


South Dakota

No statewide mitigation measures

Executive Order 2020-20 (4/28/20)

Executive Order 2020-26 (5/26/20)

Executive Order 2020-34 (12/18/20) (extending emergency to 6/30/21)

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



No statewide mitigation measures in place; emergency lifted

Executive Order 63 (9/29/20)

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

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

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



Reopening order in effect as of 3/10/21 

All Reopening Checklists by Business Type

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

Proclamation (Extending Disaster Declaration) (7/1/21)

Full List of Recommended Health Protocols (updated periodically)



Public health order rescinded, per legislation

State and Local Orders and Directives

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

COVID-19 Business Manual (updated 4/2021)

Legislative Response Timeline and Summary

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

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



General restrictions lifed 6/14/21

VOSHA COVID-19 Safety Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOSHA Memo: Workplace Safety Top 10 Recommendations Relating to COVID-19 (6/8/21) (non-healthcare settings)

VOSHA Adoption of Federal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare (7/19/21)



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

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)

Public Health Order (6/30/21) (re: masking in schools; effective through 7/25/21)

Announcement re: Public Health Order Will Not Be Extended (7/21/21) (schools guidance issued)



Full reopening occurred on 6/30/21 

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

Roadmap to Recovery Metrics and Dashboard

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

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

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

Announcement re: Rescission of Three Prior Proclamations (6/21/21)

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

Announcement re: Full Reopening and Remaining Provisions (6/29/21)

Announcement re: Amended Mask Order (6/30/21)

Updated Guidance and Requirements for Employers (6/30/21)

Proclamation 20-25.14 - Washington Ready (7/1/21); Updated Reopening Guidance

​Washington Ready Site

Announcement re: Proclamation 20-57.2 (rescinding prior order re: agricultural employers) (7/1/21)

Updated Guidance for Non-Health Care Businesses and Organizations (7/2/21)

Updated Guidance for Sports and Fitness (7/2/21)

Announcement re: Department of Labor & Industries Emergency Rule: WAC 296-800-14035 - COVID-19 Prohibited Business Activities and Compliance with Conditions for Operations (7/2/21)

Announcement re: Proclamation 20-12.4 (updating higher education protocols) (7/12/21)

Announcement re: Three Proclamations Rescinded (7/20/21)

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


West Virginia

Simplified order in effect as of 4/19/21

County Alert System

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

Announcement re: Lifting of Face Mask Order (6/18/21)

Announcement re: Renewal of Regulatory Moratorium Order (6/29/21)

Latest Updates and All Guidance for Businesses 



No statewide business mitigation measures

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

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

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

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

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

WEDC Industry-Specific Reopen Guidelines



Final remaining health order expired 5/31/21

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

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

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

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

Department of Health Guidance


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

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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