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. Jurisdictions across the country have progressed and regressed by implementing different measures, on different timetables – resulting in a patchwork that has proven particularly challenging for multistate employers. As vaccination rates increase, jurisdictions have implemented plans for more robust reopening steps. 

The chart below provides links to key reopening orders and/or mitigation measures affecting the private sector issued 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 We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.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 vaccination mandates, as well as 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.



Specific Orders, Guidance

Last Updated



U.S. OSHA - FAQs on Face Coverings 

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

U.S. CDC - Workplace Vaccination Programs Guidance (11/4/21)

U.S. OSHA - General FAQs  

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

U.S. CDC - Mask Order - Transportation (initially issued 1/29/21) - Extended - FAQs 

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

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

U.S. OSHA - Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (updated 8/13/21)

U.S. HHS - Announcement of HIPAA FAQs Guidance: HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccination, and the Workplace (9/30/21)

U.S. CDC - Quarantine and Isolation (updated 10/19/21)

U.S. CDC - Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (updated 10/15/21)

U.S. CDC - When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated (updated 11/20/21)

U.S. CDC - Updated Guidance for Schools and Child Care (updated 11/1/21)

U.S. CDC - Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools (updated 11/5/21)

U.S. CDC - Daily Activities (updated 10/21/21)

U.S. CDC - Announcement re: Orders Issued to Implement New Travel Policy; Travel page (10/25/21)

U.S. CDC - Investigating and Responding to COVID-19 Cases in Non-Healthcare Work Settings (updated 10/25/21)

U.S. CDC - Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (11/4/21)

U.S. CDC - International Travel (updated 12/2/21); Global Testing Order (requiring testing one day prior to travel as of 12/6/21) (12/2/21)

U.S. CDC Orders page

What's New at the CDC

U.S. CDC - Workplaces and Businesses

U.S. OSHA - Announcement re: Vaccination and Testing ETS; Additional resources here (11/4/21)

U.S. EEOC - Updated What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws (updated 11/17/21) (and sample Religious Accommodation Request Form)



Safer Apart Order expired 5/31/21

Public health emergency expired 10/31/21

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)

Proclamation - New State Public Health Emergency (8/13/21)

Proclamation - Extending Public Health Emergency through 10/31/21 (10/8/21)



Health advisories in place

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)

Alert Levels



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)



Public health emergency expired on 9/27/21

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

Executive Order 21-14 (7/29/21) (reinstating 60-day emergency; not renewed)

Guidance for Face Coverings and Social Distancing (7/30/21)

List of all COVID-19 Health Directives and Guidances



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)

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-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

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)

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

Updated Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards (updated 8/25/21)

All Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

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

Announcement of Enactment of AB 654 (10/5/21) (re: notice to certain employees of exposure in the workplace, applicable benefits, and cleaning and disinfection plans)

Department of Public Health Interim Guidance for Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments (updated 10/7/21)

Department of Fair Employment & Housing Announcement re: Guidance for California Businesses Regarding COVID-19 Safety Measures and Reasonable Accommodations - FAQs (10/18/21)

Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing (further updated 10/22/21)

Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (updated 10/28/21)

Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors (updated 11/18/21)

Beyond the Blueprint Q&A: Industry & Sectors Guidance (updated 11/18/21)

Cal/OSHA ETS FAQs (updated 11/27/21)

Current safety measures” page (now with separate sections for Workplace Safety, Masks, Mega-Events, Travel, etc.)



Health and disaster recovery orders in effect

Safer at Home Industry Guidance

Sixth Amended Public Health Order 20-38 (extension to 10/1/21); and Summary of Changes (8/31/21)

Executive Order D 2021 132 (extending, amending Colorado COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Order) (10/3/21)

Seventh Amended Public Health Order 20-38 (extension to 10/31/21); and Summary of Changes (9/30/21)

Eighth Amended Public Health Order 20-38 (extension to 12/1/21) (10/31/21)

Executive Order D 2021 136 (extending, amending Colorado COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Order) (10/31/21)

Ninth Amended Public Health Order 20-38 (amending provisions, effective through 12/1/21); and Summary of Changes (11/14/21)

Tenth Amended Public Health Order 20-38 (extending provisions through 12/31/21) (11/30/21)

Executive Order D 2021 139 (extending Colorado COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Order) (11/30/21)



Latest status, guidance

Some emergency provisions extended through 2/15/21

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)

Executive Order No. 13A (local authority to require masks) (8/5/21)

Department of Public Health Town-Level Covid Response Framework (8/13/21)

County COVID-19 Alert Map (updated weekly)

Executive Order No. 14 (extending certain prior provisions to 2/15/22) (9/28/21)

Announcement re: Executive Order No. 14A (9/30/21) (slightly revising Order No. 14)

All Executive Orders 

Latest Guidance Page



Public health emergency extended

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

Public Health Emergency Declaration (7/12/21)

Announcement re: Third Extension of Public Health Emergency Order (10/7/21)

Announcement re: Fourth Extension of Public Health Emergency Order (11/5/21)

Announcement re: Fifth Extension of Public Health Emergency Order (12/3/21)


District of Columbia

Public health emergency extended

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

Mayor's Order 2021-096 (7/24/21) (terminating public health, and extending public, emergency)

Updated Guidance for Travel (8/6/21)

COVID-19: Guidance for Childcare Facilities (updated 8/11/21)

Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People (8/30/21)

Updated Guidance re: Quarantine after COVID-19 Exposure (9/8/21)

Mayor's Order 2021-119 (10/7/21) (extending public emergency)

First Steps for Businesses when an Employee or Patron Tests Positive for COVID-19 (11/10/21)

Best Practices for Businesses, Community Establishments and Public Events (11/10/21)

Updated Phase Two Information and Guidelines (revised periodically)



No statewide mitigation measures

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



Economic recovery emergency order expiring 12/27/21

Administrative Order for Public Health Control Measures (8/2/21)

Guidelines for Businesses

Executive Order (, extending economic recovery emergency to 10/28/21) (9/20/21)

Executive Order (, extending certain regulatory suspensions) (9/20/21)

Executive Order (, extending economic recovery emergency to 11/27/21)

Executive Order (, extending economic recovery emergency to 12/27/21) 



Latest emergency proclamation in effect through 11/30/21

Updated mitigation measures in effect 11/12/21 to 11/30/21

New proclamation, effective 12/1/21, maintaining some measures and allowing counties to set local rules and requirements

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

Safe Travels Digital Platform; Getting to Hawaii Information Page

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

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

Emergency Proclamation (8/5/21) (renewing provisions through 10/4/21)

Updated Travel FAQs

Executive Order 21-05 (8/10/21) (gathering limits, mitigation steps) 

Announcement re: Issuance of Emergency Proclamation Related to the State’s COVID-19 Delta Response (10/1/21) (superseding prior orders and extending emergency relief period to 11/30/21)

Announcement re: Executive Order No. 21-08 (mitigation measures effective 11/12/21 through 11/30/21) (11/2/21)

Announcement re: Updated Travel Requirements (aligning with federal requirements, as of 11/8/21) (11/2/21)

Announcement re: Changes to State and Local Mitigation Measures as of 12/1/21 (11/23/21)

Emergency Proclamation (effective 12/1/21 to 1/28/22) (11/29/21)



Stage 4 of Idaho Rebounds framework

Proclamation Extending Emergency (9/16/21) (30-day extension)

Proclamation Extending Emergency (10/15/21) (30-day extension)

Proclamation Extending Emergency (11/12/21) (30-day extension)

Stages of Reopening and Stay Healthy Guidelines - Stage 4 



All regions in Phase 5 (reopened)

Regional Phase Dashboard

Executive Order 2021-23 - Extending Prior Provisions to 10/16/21 (9/17/21)

Proclamation - Extending Emergency (10/15/21)

Executive Order 2021-27 - Amending/Extending Prior Provisions (10/15/21) (generally extending to 11/13/21)

Executive Order 2021-30 - Amending/Extending Prior Provisions (11/12/21) (generally extending to 12/11/21)

All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations



Statewide restrictions eased as of 4/6/21

Executive Order 21-24 - Steps to Mitigate Strain on Healthcare System (9/1/21)

Updated Control Measure for Schools and Day Cares (9/1/21)

Return from Quarantine Options

Executive Order 21-26 - Extending emergency to 10/31/21 (9/30/21)

Executive Order 21-27 - Extending limited provisions (9/30/21)

Executive Order 21-28 - Extending emergency to 12/1/21 (10/30/21)

Executive Order 21-29 - Extending limited provisions (10/30/21)

Executive Order 21-31 - Extending emergency through 12/31/21 (12/1/21)

Executive Order 21-32 - Extending limited provisions (12/1/21)

Guidance and Data Page (updated regularly)



Mitigation measures eased as of 2/7/21

Proclamation (extending emergency through 9/19/21) (8/19/21)

Proclamation (extending emergency through 10/17/21) (9/17/21)

Proclamation (extending emergency through 11/14/21) (10/15/21)

Proclamation (extending emergency through 12/12/21) (11/12/21)

Iowa Department of Public Health Reopening Guidance



No statewide mitigation measures

Emergency expired on 6/15/21

Announcement re: Series of Orders Renewed (4/1/21)

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

Updated FAQs on Isolation and Quarantine (9/13/21)

Announcement re: Employer COVID-19 Testing Playbook (10/26/21)



Full reopening as of 6/11/21

Updated general business guidance effective 6/11/21

Updated recommendations for "red" counties

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)

Announcement re: Updated Recommendations for Red Counties, as discussed here (8/23/21)



Emergency and current measures extended to 12/22/21

Guidance - Can This Business Open?

Louisiana Department of Health News and Orders

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

Announcement re: Proclamation 137-JBE-2021 and Mitigation Measures Reinstated through 9/1/21 (8/2/21) 

Proclamation 167 JBE 2021 (8/31/21) (extending emergency and mitigation measures to 9/29/21)

Proclamation 182 JBE 2021 (9/28/21) (extending emergency and mitigation measures to 10/27/21)

Proclamation 203 JBE 2021 (10/26/21) (amending mitigation measures, extending emergency to 11/24/21)

Proclamation 219 JBE 2021 (11/23/21) (extending emergency and mitigation measures to 12/22/21)



Emergency terminated 6/30/21

Maine CDC FAQs

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)



All statewide restrictions expired 7/1/21

HB 581 - Requiring Employers to Take Health and Safety Actions

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)

Proclamation - Renewing State of Emergency through 8/15/21 (8/11/21) (immunity provisions)



State of emergency expired as of 6/15/21

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Orders

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

Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - School Year 2021-22 (8/13/21)

Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 Recovery for Child Care Providers (8/13/21)



MIOSHA rules rescinded; healthcare standard adopted

HB 6032 (Antiretaliation protections/post-exposure return to work protocol) (10/22/20); amended by SB 1258 (12/30/20)

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

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

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

Announcement re: K-12 School Opening Guidance (8/13/21)

MIOSHA - Healthcare Standard Adopted (effective 10/26/21)

Announcement re: Updated MI Safer Schools Guidance for Managing Students Exposed to COVID-19 (12/3/21)

All MDHHS COVID-19 Orders

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance Site



Emergency expired as of 7/1/21

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)

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

Department of Labor and Industry COVID-19 Updates

Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 (updated 11/15/21)

Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (updated 12/2/21)

Department of Health - Businesses and Employers Guidance (updated periodically)

Department of Health - Guidance Library (updated regularly)



State of emergency expired on 11/20/21

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

Announcement re: Extension of State of Emergency (for 30 days) (9/10/21)

Announcement re: Extension of State of Emergency (for 30 days) (10/11/21)

Announcement re: Emergency Expiring 11/20/21 (11/11/21)

Mississippi State Department of Health - Official health guidance and recommendations



No statewide mitigation measures

Emergency terminated on 8/27/21

Executive Order 20-12 - Phase 2 (6/11/20) and Announcement

Executive Order 21-07 - Extending Emergency to 8/31/21 (3/26/21)

Announcement re: Termination of Emergency Order (8/27/21)

Updated Schools Guidance (revised 10/8/21)



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 Page and Public Health Site



Emergency expired on 6/30/21

State Overview and DHHS COVID-19 Site

COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents

All County Directed Health Measures with Effective Dates (if any)

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

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



Current Status of Mitigation Measures

Updated Nevada OSHA guidance

Directive 047 (7/27/21)

Nevada OSHA - Updated Guidance for Businesses and Healthcare Standard (7/30/21)

Nevada OSHA - Updated COVID-19 FAQs (revised 11/9/21)

Emergency Directive 051 (amending Directive 050 re: Large Gatherings) (11/30/21)

Governor Directives and Declarations 

Current Status: Mitigation Measures (covers Weekly Masking Guidance, updated on Tuesdays)


New Hampshire

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)

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. 242 (5/24/21)

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

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

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 Jersey COVID-19 Business Information (updated 10/22/21)


New Mexico

Full reopening effective as of 7/1/21

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

Executive Order 2021-054 – Renewing Emergency Through 10/15/21 (9/15/21)

Public Health Order - Orders, Mitigation Steps Effective Through 10/15/21 (9/15/21)

Department of Health Policies for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in New Mexico (9/28/21) (guidance for employers and others on health investigations and handling positive cases in the workplace)

Executive Order 2021-58 – Renewing Emergency Through 11/12/21 (10/15/21)

Public Health Order - Orders, Mitigation Steps Effective Through 12/10/21 (11/12/21)

All COVID Public Health and Executive Orders


New York

Employer HERO Act obligations triggered 9/6/21

Emergency in effect through 1/15/22

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

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

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

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

Announcement re: Commissioner of Health's Designation of COVID-19 as Highly Contagious Communicable Disease under HERO Act (9/6/21); see also this Information & FAQs guide (9/9/21)

Updated model airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plan under the HERO Act (9/23/21) (changes discussed here)

Announcement re: Commissioner of Health's Re-Designation of COVID-19 as Highly Contagious Communicable Disease under HERO Act (9/30/21) (extension to 10/31/21)

Commissioner of Health's Re-Designation of COVID-19 as Highly Contagious Communicable Disease under HERO Act (10/31/21) (extension to 12/15/21)

New York Forward Industry Guidance - Active Guidance Page 

Announcement re: Executive Order No. 11 (declaring emergency through 1/15/22)


North Carolina

Order and mask mandate expired 7/30/21

Businesses and Employers Guidance

All DHHS Guidance 

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

Updated Protecting Each Other Guidance (7/29/21)

DOH interim guidance: StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) (8/10/21)


North Dakota

Emergency declaration lifted on 4/30/21

Announcement re: Statewide Emergency Declaration Lifting (4/21/21)

Public Health Recommendations Post-Emergency (4/29/21)

All Executive Orders 



State of emergency lifted on 6/18/21

Ohio Public Health Orders

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)

Responsible RestartOhio Recommendations (7/29/21)

Education, Universal, and Sector Recommendations



Emergency rescinded as of 5/4/21

Executive Order 2021-11 (5/3/21) - Withdrawing Emergency

Color-Coded Alert System and Dashboard (updated each Wednesday)



Restrictions lifted on 6/30/21

General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 and FAQs

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

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

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

Workplace Advisory Memo 7.19.21: Interim OSHA Guidance Regarding the Status of the Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (revised 8/13/21)

Workplace Advisory Memo 8.13.21: Employer Enforcement of Facial Covering Requirements in Relation to Customers, Clients, and Other Guests

Workplace Advisory Memo 10.1.21: The Use of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (N95s, etc.) as Source Control rather than as Respiratory Protection

Oregon Health Authority Guidance and FAQs (guidance updated periodically)

Oregon Health Authority Site (listing Statewide Requirements and Recommendations)



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

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

Mitigation measures eased on 10/14/21

Executive Order 2021-065 (8/30/21) (mitigation measures) (expired 10/14/21)

Executive Order 2021-070 (9/20/21) (extending mitigation measures)

Announcement and Coverage re: Easing Restrictions as of 10/14/21 (10/12/21) (curfew and related nightly ban on alcohol sales lifted; mask and vaccination provisions maintained; capacity restriction also extended for specified commercial establishments that do not require vaccination or negative covid-19 test results)

Announcement of Executive Order 2021-075, disussed in this Littler article (11/15/21) (extending emergency and prior orders, expanding vaccination requirement)

All Executive Orders (typically available in Spanish only)


Rhode Island

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

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

Executive Order 21-103 - Extending Emergency to 11/13/21 (10/15/21)

Executive Order 21-105 - Amending Quarantine and Isolation Order and Extending to 11/25/21 (10/26/21)

Executive Order 21-107 - Extending Emergency to 11/27/21 (10/29/21)

Executive Order 21-109 - Extending Emergency Due to Variants to 12/11/21 (11/12/21)

Executive Order 21-112 - Extending Emergency and Quarantine and Isolation Order to 12/23/21 (11/24/21)

All Executive Orders


South Carolina

Emergency declaration expired

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

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

Guidance for K-12 Schools and Childcare Interim Guidance for Management of COVID-19 Cases (8/25/21)

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Scenarios in Businesses (8/25/21)

COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses (revised 10/19/21)

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Scenarios in Businesses (revised 10/19/21)

Department of Health and Environment Control Guidance


South Dakota

No statewide mitigation measures

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

Department of Health Materials 



No statewide mitigation measures in place; public health emergency lifted

Limited emergency to effecuate ongoing response in effect through 11/19/21

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

Executive Order 82 (Limited State of Emergency to Facilitate Recovery) (7/30/21)

Executive Order 83 (continuing emergency to facilitate response) (8/6/21)

Executive Order 88 (continuing emergency to facilitate response through 11/5/21) (9/30/21)

Executive Order 90 (continuing emergency to facilitate response through 11/19/21) (11/5/21)



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

Executive Order GA-38 (7/29/21) (setting uniformity in pandemic response)

All Executive Orders

Proclamation (Extending Disaster Declaration) (9/28/21)

Proclamation (Extending Disaster Declaration) (10/28/21)

Proclamation (Extending Disaster Declaration) (11/27/21)

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)

Legislative Response Timeline and Summary

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

COVID-19 Business Manual; and Summary (updated 8/2021)

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



General restrictions lifed 6/14/21

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)



Revised Virginia Standard For Infectious Disease Prevention

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)

Revised, Final Workplace Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of COVID-19 (As of 10/6/21) (effective 9/8/21); and more information here



Full reopening occurred on 6/30/21 

Announcement re: Emergency Rule Adopted Regarding Workplace Reporting and Notification Requirements (8/10/21)

Questions and Answers: Reporting and Notification Requirements of HELSA and PPE Usage (F417-295-000) (8/17/21)

Amended, Extended Department of Labor & Industries Emergency Rule: WAC 296-800-14035 - COVID-19 Prohibited Business Activities and Compliance with Conditions for Operations (8/23/21)

Announcement re: Proclamation 20-25.17 (further amending "Washington Ready" order, re: face coverings) (9/13/21)

Updated Guidance on Spectator Events (9/28/21)

​Washington Ready Site

Updated Guidance and Requirements for Employers (9/13/21)

Announcement re: Proof Required for Attendees of Large Events as of 11/15/21 (10/14/21); Proclamation 21-16 (10/18/21)

Announcement re: Update to Large Events Order - Proclamation 21-16.1 (11/15/21)

Interim SARS-CoV-2 Self-Testing Guidance for Employers (10/25/21)

COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Healthcare Settings 

Washington Department of Labor & Industries COVID-19 Page

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

Department of Health Resources and Recommendations (updated periodically)


West Virginia

No statewide business mitigation measures

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

Department of Health Services: Preventing and Managing COVID-19 Outbreaks in the Workplace, P-02787 (5/2021) (Guidance for Employers in Non-Health Care and Non-Educational Settings)

Department of Health Services Guidance: Businesses, Employers and Workers (includes FAQs) (updated 12/2/21)



Final remaining health order expired 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

Department of Health - COVID-19: Guidance for Childcare Providers (11/2/21)


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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