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Alabama

Last updated 8/28/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/21/2020; Executive Order 6/30/2020; Executive Order 7/29/2020; Executive Order 8/27/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening Alabama Responsibly

May 1: Most businesses may reopen. Specified higher risk businesses remain closed.
May 8: Restaurants
May 11: Personal care services, gyms and fitness centers
May 22: bowling alleys, arcades, concert venues, tourist attractions, theaters, casinos

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended for all employers

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here
List of executive orders, health department orders, and industry-specific guidance here

 

Alaska

Last updated 5/20/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Mandate 016 5/6/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopen Alaska Responsibly

Phase 1-A, April 24:
•Restaurants – limited dine-in services
•Retail – limited in-store shopping
•Personal care services businesses (ie. barbers, nail salons, hairdressers) – limited services
•Non-essential businesses (ie. professional business services) – limited services
Phase 2, May 8:
•Gyms and fitness centers, bars, museums, libraries
Phase 3, May 22:
•All businesses open; all recreation and sports, museums and libraries

Masks: Recommended for reopening businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended for reopening businesses

Links to guidance:
List of health mandates and and industry-specific guidance here

 

Arizona

Last updated 8/27/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/12/2020; Executive Order 6/29/2020
Reopening Plan: Return Stronger

May 8: non-essential retail businesses, barbers and cosmetologists
May 11: restaurants for dine-in service
May 13: gyms and fitness centers

June 29: bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks, and tubing rentals must cease operations for one month, and organized events of 50 or more people are prohibited

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here; list of industry-specific guidance here; county risk level status here

 

Arkansas

Last updated 7/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020
Reopening Plan: Arkansas Ready

May 4: gyms and fitness centers
May 6: personal care services
May 11: restaurants
May 18: large indoor venues, casinos
May 20: bars that are connected/part of restaurants
May 22: pools, splash pads, water parks May 26: free standing bars

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific health directives here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

California

Last updated 8/31/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Order 5/7/2020; Health Order 7/13/2020; Health Order 8/28/2020
Reopening Plan: Resilience Roadmap

Beginning August 31, each county will be assigned to one of four tiers based on risk of community transmission of COVID-19. A county's tier determines what businesses may be open and if open, what occupancy and other modifications are in place. To move to a less restrictive tier, a county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks, and must meet criteria for the next tier for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:

Safe Reopening Playbook for Employers
County risk tier status here; requirements for moving among tiers here; business reopening posture and occupancy restrictions by sector here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Colorado

Last updated 9/16/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Order 5/4/2020Health Order 5/26/2020; Health Order 6/30/2020; Executive Order 7/9/2020; Executive Order 8/7/2020; Health Order 8/7/2020
Reopening Plan: #DoingMyPartCO

April 27: critical businesses remain open; retail businesses may open for curbside delivery
May 1: retail and personal care services may open
May 4: transition to 50% of workers present at non-critical commercial business workplaces; manufacturing businesses with no more than 10 employees present
May 27: restaurants for dine-in service
June 18: indoor and outdoor events, bars, non-critical manufacturing facilities
July 1: bars and nightclubs that do not serve food must close until July 31

Beginning September 15, each county will be assigned to one of five tiers based on risk of community transmission of COVID-19. A county's tier determines what businesses may be open and if open, what occupancy and other modifications are in place. To move to a less restrictive tier, a county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of two weeks.

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required

Links to guidance:
County tier status and accompanying business restrictions and guidance here
General best practices and industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Colorado Amends Its Safer At Home Order (May 6, 2020)

 

Connecticut

Last updated 8/21/2020

Status: Stay At Home
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/18/2020; Executive Order 6/16/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopen Connecticut

Already open before May 20:
•Essential retail
•Manufacturing
•Real estate
•Construction

Phase 1, May 20:
•Restaurants (outdoor seating)
•Remaining retail, shopping malls
•Office-based businesses (but continued emphasis on working from home)
•Personal care services (hair and nails only)
•Outdoor museums and zoos
•University research programs

June 1:
•Barbershops and hair salons

Phase 2, June 17:
•Restaurants (indoor seating)
•Lodging
•Gyms and fitness centers, pools
•Movie theaters
•Remaining personal care services
•Outdoor event and entertainment venues
•Amusement parks
•Bowling alleys
•Museums, zoos, aquariums

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
Guidance for essential and reopening businesses here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Reopen Connecticut Phase One (May 14, 2020)
Littler Insight: Reopen Connecticut Phase Two: Sector Rules for June 17 Reopening (June 17, 2020)

 

Delaware

Last updated 9/4/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/7/2020; Executive Order 5/22/2020; Executive 9/3/2020
Reopening Plan: Delaware's Recovery and Reopening

Phase 1
May 8:
•Non-essential retailers (curbside pickup)
•Hair care services
•Drive-in movie theaters
May 22:
•Non-essential retail (in-person shopping by appointment only)
June 1:
•Restaurants and bars
•Non-essential retail (30% occupancy)
•Malls
•Realty
•Casinos and racetracks
•Youth sports
June 8:
•Personal care services

Phase 2 begins June 15

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
Guidance for Phase 1 here; Phase 2 here

Littler Insight: Status of Delaware’s Return-to-Work Reopening Plan (July 22, 2020)

 

District of Columbia

Last updated 6/21/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/27/2020
Reopening Plan: ReOpen DC

Phase 1, May 29:
•Non-essential retail (curbside pickup, delivery, and minimum basic operations)
•Restaurants; taverns and bars that serve food (outdoor dining only)
•Hair salons and barbershops
•Farmers' markets
Phase 2, June 22:
•Non-essential retail (on-premises shopping)
•Restaurants (indoor seating)
•Tanning, tattoo, skin services, nail salons

Masks: Required for everyone District-wide
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Washington, D.C. Activates Its Reopening Plan (June 3, 2020)

 

Florida

Last updated 8/19/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/29/2020Executive Order 5/14/2020, Executive Order 6/3/2020
Reopening Plan: Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step

Phase 1, May 18:
Restaurants and food establishments
Professional businesses
Retail
Personal care services (hair and nails)
Drive-in movie theaters
Pools
Museums

Phase 2, June 5 (except for Palm Beach County):
Bars (but not nightclubs)
Personal care services (tattoo parlors, massage, tanning)

Note: Broward and Miami-Dade have separate reopening schedules.

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
Guidance for businesses here

Littler Insight: Re-Opening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan (May 1, 2020)
Littler Insight: Reopening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery (June 5, 2020)

Georgia

Last updated 8/31/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/12/2020; Executive Order 5/28/2020; Executive Order 6/11/2020; Executive Order 7/15/2020; Executive Order 8/15/2020; Executive Order 8/31/2020
Reopening Plan: Reviving a Healthy Georgia

April 24:
Gyms and fitness centers
Bowling alleys
Hair designers, massage therapists, estheticians, body art studios

April 27: movie theaters and cinemas; bowling alleys; infrastructure

June 1: bars, nightclubs, professional sports teams
June 12: amusement parks, water parks, carnivals
July 1: convention centers, live performance venues

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance for businesses here

Littler ASAP: Georgia Pushes Forward: Latest Order Offers Detailed Reopening Steps (April 25, 2020)

 

Hawaii

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020
Reopening Plan: Economic and Community Pathway to Recovery

May 1: florists
May 7:
•Landscaping, nurseries, plant growers
•Auto dealerships
•Non-essential retail
•Repair services
•Shopping malls
•Pet grooming

Different reopening schedules apply in Honolulu County and Maui County.

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here

 

Idaho

Last updated 9/3/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020; Executive Order May 16, 2020; Executive Order May 28, 2020; Executive Order 6/11/2020
Reopening Plan: Idaho Rebounds

Stage 1, May 1: Non-essential businesses other than those excluded in the Stage 1 order
Stage 2, May 16: Restaurant dining rooms, gyms, indoor recreation, personal care services
Stage 3, May 30: Bars, movie theaters
Stage 4, June 13: Nightclubs, large venues

June 24: Ada County returns to Phase 3; remainder of state will extend in Phase 4 period through September 18.

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

Illinois

Last updated 8/21/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/29/2020; Executive Order 6/29/2020; Executive Order 8/18/2020
Reopening Plan: Restore Illinois

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May 29:
•Non-essential retail
•Manufacturing
•Restaurants (outdoor seating)
•Office-based businesses
•Gyms and fitness centers (one-on-one training sessions or outdoor classes)
•Personal care services
•Outdoor recreation
June 26:
•Restaurants, bars, breweries (indoor seating)
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Cinemas, theaters
•Museums and zoos

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:

Regional Phase Map and Phase Guidelines here
General guidance for businesses here

Littler Insight: Illinois Returns to Work with Certain Conditions and Employer Requirements (June 8, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Phase IV: Illinois Returns to Work with Certain Conditions and Employer Requirements (July 7, 2020)

Indiana

Last updated 8/28/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/1/2020, Executive Order 5/21/2020; Executive Order 6/11/2020; Executive Order 7/16/2020; Executive Order 7/30/2020; Executive Order 8/26/2020
Reopening Plan: Back On Track

May 4: Phase 2, most counties
May 11: Phase 2, Lake and Marion Counties
May 18: Phase 2, Cass County
May 22: Phase 3, all counties except for Cass, Lake, and Marion
June 1: Phase 3, Cass, Lake, and Marion Counties
June 12: Phase 4
July 3 - July 31: Phase 4.5, all counties except for Elkhart County, which remains in Phase 4
July 31 - September 25: Phase 4.5 continues for all counties

Phase 2, week 1:
•Manufacturers, industrial operations, and other infrastructure that has not been in operation
•Retail and commercial businesses
•Shopping malls
•Office settings
Phase 2, week 2:
•Restaurants for dine-in
•Personal care services

Phase 3:
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Sports and recreational activities
•Pools

Phase 4, June 12:
•Entertainment and performance venues
•Museums and zoos
•Bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and similar indoor amusement places
June 15:
•Casinos

Phase 4.5, July 3:
•Fairs, festivals, parades
•Conventions of up to 250 people
•Horse racing

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for reopening businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Indiana's Roadmap to Get Back on Track (May 6, 2020)

 

Iowa

Last updated 5/26/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020Executive Order 5/20/2020, Executive Order 5/26/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

May 1: in specified counties, restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, non-essential retail
May 8:
Statewide: tanning salons, drive-in movie theaters, medical spas, campgrounds
In specified counties: fitness centers, malls, non-essential retail
May 15:
Statewide: restaurants, fitness centers, malls, non-essential retail, libraries, race stracks, all personal care services
May 22:
Statewide: movie theaters, museums, aquariums, zoos, pools
May 28:
Statewide: bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social/fraternal clubs
June 1:
Statewide: outdoor performance venues, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, skate parks, outdoor playgrounds

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

 

Kansas

Last updated 7/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020
Reopening Plan: Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas

•Phase 1, May 4: all businesses except for bars and nightclubs, casinos, theaters, museums, indoor leisure/recreation spaces, fitness centers and gyms, personal care services, large entertainment venues, camps, pools, organized sports facilities
•Phase 1.5, May 18: personal care services, gyms and fitness centers (no group fitness)
•Phase 2, May 22: gyms and fitness centers (group fitness classes); indoor leisure spaces; sports facilities and organized sports; casinos
•May 26: Ad Astra state recovery plan no longer mandatory. Counties will have authority to issue local reopening orders.

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Kentucky

Last updated 7/10/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/8/2020
Reopening Plan: Healthy At Work Initiative

•May 11: manufacturing; construction; vehicle or vessel dealerships; professional services
•May 20: retail not already open (33% of capacity)
•May 22: restaurants (outdoor seating, 33% of capacity)
•May 25: barbershops, salons, cosmetology businesses, and similar personal care services
•June 1: movie theaters, fitness centers
•June 8: museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries, distilleries, auctions, horse shows, horse racing
•June 29: restaurants and bars (indoor seating)

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for all businesses

Links to guidance:
Requirements for all businesses here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Kentucky’s Reopening and Return to Work – Questions Remain (April 30, 2020)

 

Louisiana

Last updated 9/11/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/14/2020; Executive Order 6/4/2020; Executive Order 6/25/2020; Executive Order 8/26/2020; Executive Order 9/11/2020
Reopening Plan: Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana

Phase 1, May 15:
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Barber shops and hair and nail salons
•Casinos, video poker, racetracks (no spectators)
•Theaters
•Museums, zoos, aquariums (no tactile exhibits)
•Restaurants and bars with food permits
Phase 2, June 5 (except New Orleans):
•Shopping malls
•Day spas
•Bowling alleys and skating rinks
•Bars
•Tattoo parlors
•Event centers
Phase 3, September 11 (except New Orleans):
•Reopened businesses may increase capacity

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

 

Maine

Last updated 6/17/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020; Executive Order 5/29/2020
Reopening Plan: Restarting Maine's Economy

Statewide:
May 11: gyms and fitness centers (outdoor classes only)
June 1: lodging, retail, restaurants (indoor seating except for Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York Counties, which may permit outdoor seating only)
June 1: distinction between essential and non-essential businesses is phased out
June 17: restaurants (indoor seating in Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York Counties); bars, tasting rooms, and breweries (outdoor seating); gyms and fitness centers; personal care services

June 12 (specified rural counties):
•Nail salons, tattoo and piercing parlors
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Bars and tasting rooms (outdoor service)

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here
Rural reopening plan here

 

Maryland

Last updated 9/18/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020, Executive Order 5/27/2020, Executive Order 6/3/2020, Executive Order 6/10/2020; Executive Order 7/29/2020; Executive Order 9/1/2020; Executive Order 9/18/2020
Reopening Plan: Maryland Strong

Phase 1, May 15:
•Non-essential retail (indoor portions of malls remain closed)
•Personal care services (hair salons and barbershops)
May 29:
•Restaurants (outdoor seating)
•Drive-in movie theaters
•Pools
•Youth sports

Phase 2, June 5:
•Non-essential businesses that have not been specifically ordered to remain closed
•Manufacturing
•Personal care services (nails, massage, spas, tattoo parlors, tanning)
•Outdoor recreation
June 12:
•Restaurants (indoor seating)
•Mini golf, go kart tracks, other outdoor recreation places
June 19:
•Shopping malls
•Casinos
•Gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, martial arts
•Bowling alleys and other indoor amusement places

September 4:
•Indoor theaters
•Outdoor event and entertainment venues

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Maryland Initiates its Reopening Plan (May 19, 2020)

Littler ASAP: Maryland Enters Stage Three of the “Maryland Strong: Road to Recovery” Plan (September 9, 2020)

 

Massachusetts

Last updated 9/11/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/18/2020, Executive Order 6/1/2020; Executive Order 9/11/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening Massachusetts

Phase 1, May 18:
•Manufacturing
•Construction
•Firearms dealers and ranges
May 25:
•Non-essential retail (curbside pickup only)
•General use offices (except for within the city of Boston)
•Personal care services (hair services only)
•Laboratories
•Car washes
•Pet groomers
•Drive-in theaters
June 1:
•General use offices within Boston
•Phase 2 businesses may permit employees to return to prepare for Phase 2 reopenings
Phase 2, June 8:
•Non-essential retail (in-store shopping)
•Indoor shopping malls
•Restaurants (outdoor seating)
•Warehouses and distribution centers
•Hotels, motels, inns, short-term lodging
•Personal care services
•Sports and recreation activities
•Non-athletic instructional classes
•Driving and flight schools
•Funeral homes
June 22:
•Restaurants (indoor seating)
•Office-based businesses
Phase 3, July 6 (except Boston, for which Phase 3 begins July 13):
•Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues;
•Museums, cultural and historical sites; 
•Fitness centers and health clubs;
•Indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact;
•Professional sports teams

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

Littler Insight: Massachusetts Releases Four-Phase Reopening Plan (May 19, 2020)

 

Michigan

Last updated 7/31/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 6/1/2020 (Phase Four Order), Executive Order 6/5/2020 (Worker Safeguards); Executive Order 7/29/2020 (Amended Safe Start Order)
Reopening Plan: MI Safe Start

April 24: "Resumed activities":
•processing or fulfilling remote orders for goods for delivery or curbside pick-up;
•bike maintenance;
•garden stores, nurseries, landscaping, and pest control;
•maintenance and groundskeeping for outdoor recreation places;
•moving and storage workers.
May 7:
•wholesale suppliers and distributors
•forestry, outdoor power equipment workers
•construction
•real estate
•certain manufacturing, and also workers necessary to perform start-up activities at manufacturing facilities
May 11:
•remaining manufacturing, but only after certain workplace safeguards have been implementedMay 22:
•Non-essential retail, in-person office work, restaurants, and bars (Regions 6 and 8 only)
May 26:
•Non-essential retail and vehicle dealerships (by appointment only)
June 4:
•Non-essential retail and vehicle dealerships
June 8:
•Restaurants and bars (Regions 1-5 and 7)
•Outdoor pools
•Museums and libraries
June 10 (Regions 6 and 8 only)
•Movie theaters
•Event venues
•Bowling alleys and indoor amusement
June 15:
•Personal care services (statewide)
August 5:
•Casinos and racetracks

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Michigan is Moving Toward Reopening (May 6, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Michigan Extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Through May 28 (May 8, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Michigan Sets Forth Additional Requirements for Businesses that Reopen (May 19, 2020)
Littler Insight: Michigan Moves to Stage 4 of the Safe State Plan (June 4, 2020)
Littler Insight: COVID-19 Steps Up, Michigan Steps Back (July 31, 2020)

 

Minnesota

Last updated 7/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020, Executive Order 5/27/2020
Reopening Plan: Safely Returning to Work

April 27: "Non-critical exempt businesses" as defined in the April 23 order (generally, industrial and office settings)
May 4: customer-facing retail establishments may open for curbside delivery and pick-up.
May 18: non-essential retail and "main street businesses" may open for in-person customers
June 1: restaurants and bars (outdoor service only); personal care services
June 10: restaurants and bars (indoor seating; gyms and fitness centers; indoor amusement/recreation centers; outdoor entertainment venues

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

Littler Insight: Minnesota Update: Reopening and Returning to Work (May 27, 2020)

 

Mississippi

Last updated 7/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/24/2020; Executive Order 5/4/2020; Executive Order 5/28/2020; Executive Order 7/10/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

April 17: Non-essential businesses and operations.
April 27: all businesses and non-profits may remain open or reopen except those listed in the order as remaining closed.
May 7: restaurants may reopen for indoor and outdoor dining.
May 11: personal care services
May 15: tattoo parlors, dance studios
June 1: bars; indoor recreation and places of amusement; reception halls and conference centers
June 15: indoor and outdoor arenas

Masks: Required for certain businesses statewide; required for all businesses in specified counties
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses statewide; required for all businesses in specified counties

Links to guidance:
General guidance here

 

Missouri

Last updated 6/11/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Health Order 4/27/2020; Executive Order 6/11/2020
Reopening Plan: Show Me Strong

Phase 1, May 4: all businesses may reopen subject to the sanitations and social distancing requirements in the order and accompanying guidance

Phase 2, June 16: full reopening with no state health order in effect.

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

Littler Insight: Missouri and the St. Louis Region Get Back to Work (May 13, 2020)

 

Montana

Last updated 7/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/22/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening the Big Sky

Phase 1
April 27:
•Designation between essential and non-essential businesses ends
•"Main Street" and retail businesses
•Outdoor recreation
•Organized youth activities
May 4:
•Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos
May 7:
•Gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, certain museums

Phase 2:
June 1:
•Bowling alleys, concert halls, other places of assembly

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for all businesses

Links to guidance:
Phase One guidance and FAQ here

 

Nebraska

Last updated 8/28/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Statewide Directed Health Measure 4/29/2020; Phase 3 and 4 Directed Health Measure 7/30/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

Phase 1:
May 4: restaurants reopen for dine-in and personal care services reopen (some counties)
May 11: restaurants reopen for dine-in and personal care services reopen (remaining counties)
Phase 2:
June 1: rodeo and certain categories of team sports (statewide)
June 1: bars, bottle clubs, and gentlemen's clubs; gyms and fitness centers (some counties)
June 22: counties in Phase 2 may move to Phase 3; certain Phase 1 counties may move to Phase 2.
July 6: all counties are in Phase 3.
August 1: certain counties may move to Phase 4; remaining counties must remain in Phase 3 through August 31st. 
September 14: all Phase 3 counties will remove to Phase 4, and counties in Phase 4 will remain in that phase, unless hospitalizations increase. 

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Directed Health Measures by county here
Industry-specific guidance here‚Äč

 

Nevada

Last updated 7/10/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/7/2020
Reopening Plan: Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery

Phase 1, May 9:
•Retailers
•Restaurants for dine-in
•Drive-in movie theaters
•Vehicle sales
•Personal care services (nail salons, hair salons, barbershops only)

Phase 2, May 29:
•Gyms and fitness facilities
•Indoor shopping malls
•Bars and taverns
•Personal care services (aesthetic services, massage, spas, body art and piercing)
•Aquatic facilities,pools, water parks
•Museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums
•Indoor and outdoor amusement venues and theme parks

July 10: In certain counties, bars that do not serve food must close.

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
General Phase 1 guidelines here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

New Hampshire

Last updated 6/17/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/1/2020; Executive Order 6/15/2020
Reopening Plan: Economic Reopening Task Force

May 11: non-essential retail, drive-in movies, golf courses, salons and barbershops
May 18: restaurants for outdoor dining
May 22: sports and recreation
June 1: gyms and fitness centers, massage, body art, cosmetology
June 5: hotels and short term rentals, outdoor sports and recreation facilities
June 15: restaurants for indoor dining (limited occupancy in specified counties)

Masks: Required for certain businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

New Jersey

Last updated 9/2/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/13/2020; Executive Order 6/3/2020; Executive Order 6/26/2020; Executive Order 9/1/2020
Reopening Plan: The Road Back

Phase 1
May 18:
Non-essential construction
Non-essential retail (curbside)
May 22:
Vehicle dealerships; batting cages, golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs

Phase 2
June 15:
Non-essential retail (on-premises)
Restaurants (outdoor dining)
June 22:
Personal care services; pools
June 29:
Indoor shopping malls
July 2:
Casinos and racetracks
Outdoor amusement, water parks, playgrounds, pools
Gyms and fitness centers (individual training)
September 1:
Gyms and fitness centers (indoor operations)
Water parks
Indoor amusement facilities
September 4:
Restaurants (indoor seating)
Theaters and indoor entertainment facilities

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here

 

New Mexico

Last updated 9/4/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/27/2020; Health Order 6/1/2020; Health Order 6/12/2020; Health Order 7/13/2020; Health Order 8/28/2020; Health Order 9/4/2020
Reopening Plan: New Mexico Reopening Plan

May 18:
•Non-essential retail
•Other non-essential, lower risk businesses
(e.g. office-based businesses, call centers)

May 27:
•Restaurants and bars (outdoor seating)
•Any business that is not identified in the Health Order as an “essential business”, a “close-contact business”, or a “recreational facility”

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for all businesses

Links to guidance:
General guidance for businesses here

 

New York

Last updated 9/10/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/14/2020; Executive Order 5/29/2020
Reopening Plan: New York Forward

Phase 1:
•Construction
•Manufacturing
•Retail (for curbside pickup)
•Wholesale Trade
•Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
•June 2: outdoor, low-risk recreational activities

Phase 2:
•June 2: barbershops and hair salons
•June 4: restaurants (outdoor seating)
•Professional services, administrative support, information technology
•Real estate services
•Building and property management, leasing, rental, and sales services
•Retail (in-store shopping)
•Rental, repair, and cleaning
•Barbershops and hair salons
•Vehicle dealerships and rental agencies

Phase 3:
•Restaurants (indoor seating, except New York City)
•Personal care services (nails, massage, spa services, tattoo, piercing)

Phase 4:
•Media production
•Low risk indoor arts and entertainment
•Shopping malls (except NYC)
•Bowling alleys
•Museums and low risk cultural institutions in New York City (beginning August 24)
•Gyms and fitness centers (beginning August 24 for most of the state, and September 2 in New York City)
•Casinos (beginning September 9)
•Indoor malls in New York City (beginning September 9)
•Restaurants in New York City for indoor seating (beginning September 30)

June 12: Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and North Country Regions enter Phase 3
June 17: Western New York and Capital Region enter Phase 3
June 22: New York City enters Phase 2
June 23: Mid-Hudson Valley enters Phase 3
June 24: Long Island enters Phase 3
June 26: Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier enter Phase 4
June 30: Western New York enters Phase 4
July 6: New York City enters Phase 3
July 7: Mid-Hudson Valley enters Phase 4
July 8: Long Island enters Phase 4
July 20: New York City enters Phase 4

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
Regional monitoring dashboard here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: A Return to Work Roadmap for New York Employers (May 21, 2020)

North Carolina

Last updated 9/2/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020Executive Order 5/20/2020; Executive Order 6/24/2020Executive Order 9/1/2020
Reopening Plan: North Carolina Staying Ahead of the Curve

May 9:
All businesses may reopen except for
personal care services, gyms and fitness centers,
and entertainment facilities without a retail or
dining component as defined in the executive order.

May 22 (Phase 2):
Restaurants for dine-in service
Personal care services
Pools

September 5 (Phase 2.5):
Gyms and fitness centers
Indoor recreation (bowling alleys, skating rinks, basketball courts, etc.)

Masks: Required for certain employers
Employee health screenings: Required for certain employers

Links to guidance:
Reopening guidance and FAQ here

 

North Dakota

Last updated 9/4/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/29/2020Executive Order 5/15/2020
Reopening Plan: North Dakota Smart Restart

May 1: reopening all closed businesses. Restaurants that remained open for takeout and delivery may not reopen for dine-in until May 1.

May 15: large event venues, sports and recreation venues, entertainment venues

May 29: state enters Green Phase with most businesses operating at 75% occupancy.

September 4: state begins county-by-county risk level assessment. Requirements for businesses with respect to mitigation protocols varies by risk level.

Masks: Required for certain employers
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Universal protocols here
County risk level guide and industry-specific protocols here

 

Ohio

Last updated 6/5/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/30/2020; Health Order 5/29/2020
Reopening Plan: Responsible Restart Ohio

May 4: manufacturing, construction, distribution, general office
May 12: non-essential retail
May 15: personal care services; restaurants and bars may offer outdoor dine-in
May 26: gyms and fitness centers, dance studios, no-contact sports activities
June 10: movie theaters, zoos, skating rinks, indoor sports facilities, indoor amusement establishments, country clubs
June 19: casinos, racinos, amusement parks, water parks, museums and galleries

Masks: Required for all businesses; required for all individuals in certain counties
Employee health screenings: Required for all businesses

Links to guidance:
General protocols here
Industry-specific protocols here

Littler Insight: Ohio's "Stay Safe" Order Effective May 1, 2020 (May 4, 2020)

 

Oklahoma

Last updated 8/17/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/24/2020; Health Advisory 8/13/2020
Reopening Plan: Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) Plan

Phase 1
April 24: Personal care services (salons, spas, barbershops, nail salons, pet groomers)
May 1:
•Restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters, gyms, sporting venues
•Tattoo parlors

Phase 2
May 15: bars, taverns, nightclubs

Phase 3
June 1: Businesses can resume unrestricted staffing at their worksites. Businesses operating by appointment only may begin operating by appointment and walk-in at their discretion.

Masks: Recommended in counties at the red or orange alert level
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:

County alert level status and guidelines here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Oregon

Last updated 7/23/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/14/2020; Executive Order 6/5/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening Oregon

Phase 1, May 15:
•Restaurants and bars for dine-in service
•Personal care and services businesses, including barbers and salons

Phase 2, June 5 for approved counties (refer to county phase status map):
•Extended hours for bars
•Bowling alleys and arcades
•Recreational sports activities
•Pools

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
County Phase status here
Phase 1 guidance here; Phase 2 guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Pennsylvania

Last updated 7/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/21/2020; Executive Order 5/27/2020; Executive Order 7/15/2020
Reopening Plan: The Plan for Pennsylvania

•Red Phase (stay at home order in place and only essential businesses may operate)
•May 1: construction employers may begin operation subject to safety and sanitation guidelines; golf courses and marinas to reopen
•Yellow Phase (in-person retail, gatherings of up to 25 people allowed)
•May 8: specified counties permitted to enter Yellow Phase
•May 15: additional counties permitted to move to Yellow Phase; remaining counties remain at Red Phase
•May 19: real estate industry (includes agents and also mortgage loan originators, appraisers, etc.) may operate in Red and Yellow Phase counties
•May 22: additional counties permitted to move to Yellow Phase; remaining counties remain at Red Phase
•May 29: specified counties move to Green Phase, additional counties to Yellow
•June 5: specified counties move to Green Phase
•June 12: additional counties as specified move to green phase
•June 18: additional counties as specified move to green phase
•June 26: additional counties as specified move to green phase
•July 3: final county moves to green phase

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for certain employers

Links to guidance:
General guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: Certain Businesses in 24 Pennsylvania Counties Permitted to Reopen (May 5, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Certain Businesses in 37 Pennsylvania Counties Permitted to Reopen (May 13, 2020)

 

 

Puerto Rico

Last updated 9/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/1/2020, Executive Order 5/21/2020; Executive Order 6/12/2020; Executive Order 6/30/2020; Executive Order 9/11/2020
Reopening Plan: N/A

May 4:
•Commercial businesses and professional services as listed in the order
•Banking by appointment only
May 11:
•Construction
•Manufacturing
May 26:
•Non-essential retail
•Open format shopping centers
•Closed format shopping centers (employees only)
•Restaurants (reservation only)
•Information technology businesses
•Car washes
•Car dealerships (by appointment only)
•Personal care services (by appointment only)
•Travel agencies (by appointment only)
•Armory shops (by appointment only)
•Pawn shops
•Laundromats/laundry services
June 8:
•Closed format shopping centers (open for customers)
June 16:
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Restaurants may increase capacity
•Movie theaters
July 1:
•Casinos
•Restaurants may increase capacity
•Sporting events

Masks: Required for most employers and for members of the public
Employee health screenings: Required for most employers

Links to guidance:
Opinion Letter implementing reopening plan

Littler ASAP: New Employer Requirements to File Auto-Certification and Adopt COVID-19 Exposure Control Plans (May 2, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Governor of Puerto Rico Extends Curfew and Expands List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen (May 26, 2020)

Rhode Island

Last updated 8/31/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/8/2020; Executive Order 8/28/2020
Reopening Plan: Reopening RI

Phase 1
May 9: non-essential retail reopens.
May 18: restaurants may open outdoor dining.

Phase 2:
June 1: Restaurants (indoor seating); personal care services; indoor shopping malls

Phase 3:
June 30 - September 28: Offices, restaurants, retail, restaurants and other businesses may increase occupancy

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for all employers

Links to guidance:
General business guidelines here
Industry-specific guidelines here

Littler Insight: Reopening Rhode Island Phase 1: A Practical Guide for Employers (May 8, 2020)

 

South Carolina

Last updated 6/12/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/20/2020
Reopening Plan: AccelerateSC

April 20:
•Furniture and home furnishings stores
•Clothing, shoes, and accessories stores
•Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores,
•Department stores
•Sporting goods stores
•Book, craft, and music stores
•Florists

May 4: restaurants may open outdoor seating.
May 11: restaurants may open indoor seating.
May 18: personal care services, gyms and fitness centers, pools
May 22: amusement parks, water parks, mini golf, bingo parlors, zoos, museums, planetariums, aquariums
May 30: youth and adult sports leagues
June 12: bowling alleys

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidelines here

 

South Dakota

Last updated 5/14/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 4/28/2020
Reopening Plan: Back To Normal Plan

April 28: All businesses open

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General reopening guidelines here

Tennessee

Last updated 5/22/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/22/2020
Reopening Plan: Tennessee Pledge

April 27: restaurants for dine-in
April 29: non-essential retail and most other businesses (consult executive order for list of businesses remaining closed)
May 1: gyms and fitness centers
May 6: close contact personal services
May 8: small group, non-contact recreation businesses
May 22: bars, nightclubs, concert and performance venues, amusement and water parks, auditoriums, theaters and dinner theaters, zoos, museums

The metro areas of Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga
may establish their own reopening procedures via their county-level
health departments.

Masks: Recommended
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Industry-specific guidance here

 

Texas

Last updated 9/17/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/5/2020, Executive Order 5/18/2020; Executive Order 6/3/2020; Executive Order 6/26/2020; Executive Order 9/17/2020
Reopening Plan: Open Texas

April 24: non-essential retail (curbside pickup)
May 1: in-store retail, restaurants for dine-in, movie theaters, shopping malls, museums, libraries, golf courses, services provided by a single-person office.
May 8: personal care services, swimming pools
May 18: manufacturing, gyms and exercise facilities, services provided by multiple-person offices; tattoo parlors
May 22: bars; bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks; rodeos
May 26: mall food courts, driver education programs
May 29: water parks
May 31: professional sports, youth sports, adult recreational sports
June 3: Phase 3 begins (most businesses may operate at 50%  of capacity)

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
Minimum standard protocols here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler ASAP: The Open Texas Plan: A State and Local Update (May 1, 2020)
Littler ASAP: The Open Texas Plan: Phase 2 (May 6, 2020)
Littler ASAP: The Open Texas Plan: Expanding Phase 2 (May 26, 2020)
Littler ASAP: The Open Texas Plan: Phase 3 (June 10, 2020)
Littler ASAP: The Texas Reopening Two-Step (June 26, 2020)

Utah

Last updated 9/2/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/6/2020Executive Order 5/15/2020; Executive Order 6/12/2020; Executive Order 7/27/2020; Executive Order 8/14/2020
Reopening Plan: Utah Leads Together

May 1:
•Restaurants
•Gyms and fitness centers
•Personal care services

August 17: Yellow Phase continues statewide except for Salt Lake City (Orange) and 10 specified rural counties (Green)

September 4: Salt Lake City enters Yellow Phase

Masks: Required for all businesses
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here

 

Vermont

Last updated 9/18/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders:
Executive Order 4/17/2020 (Phase I)
Executive Order 4/24/2020 (Phase II)
Executive Order 5/1/2020 (Phase III)
Executive Order 5/4/2020 (Phase IV)
Executive Order 5/6/2020 (Phase V)
Executive Order 5/13/2020 (Phase VI)
Reopening Plan: RestartVT

April 20:
•Business operations deemed “essential” may continue to operate
•Retailers previously deemed non-essential
•Outdoor businesses and small construction sites
•Low or no contact professional services
May 4:
•Construction
•Manufacturing and distribution operations
May 11:
•Outdoor recreation
May 22:
•Lodging businesses may accept new reservations for qualifying guests
•Restaurants and bars
May 29:
•Personal care services

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for all employers

Links to guidance:
General and industry specific guidance here

 

Virginia

Last updated 9/10/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Executive Order 6/2/2020 (Amended Phase 1 Order); Executive Order 6/2/2020 (Phase 2 Order); Executive Order 9/10/20 (Amended Phase 3 Order)
Reopening Plan: Forward Virginia

Phase 1
May 15:
•Non-essential retail
•Restaurants (outdoor seating)
•Personal care services
•Gyms and fitness centers (outdoor activities only)
May 29: northern Virginia counties, Richmond, and Accomack county join Phase 1

Phase 2
June 5 (for all except Northern Virginia counties and the City of Richmond):
•Restaurants (indoor seating)
•Gyms and fitness centers (indoor activities)
•Outdoor entertainment and sports venues
•Recreational sports
June 12: Northern Virginia and City of Richmond enter Phase 2

Phase 3 begins July 1
•Museums and zoos
•Bars and seating at bars within restaurants remain closed

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Recommended

Links to guidance:
General business guidance here and here and administrative regulations here
Order for Northern Virginia region

Littler ASAP: Virginia Plans Gradual Three-Phase Lifting of Restrictions (May 6, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Virginia Delays Phase One of its Business Reopening Plan (May 12, 2020)
Littler ASAP: Virginia Prepares for Statewide Entry Into “Phase One” of Reopening (May 27, 2020)
Littler Insight: Virginia Prepares to Enter “Phase Two” of its Reopening Plan (June 4, 2020)

Washington

Last updated 8/28/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Executive Order 5/4/2020
Reopening Plan: Safe Start Washington

Phase 1:
•April 24: certain construction
•May 5: landscaping, vehicle and vessel sales, car washes, non-essential retail (curbside pickup and delivery)
•May 19: real estate operations; gyms and fitness centers

Phase 2:
•Restaurants and bars for dine-in
•Remaining manufacturing
•Additional construction
•In-home/domestic services
•Non-essential retail (in-store service)
•Real estate
•Professional services/office-based businesses
•Personal care services, pet grooming 

County phase status map here.

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for most employers

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Washington State Reopens for Business (May 28, 2020)

West Virginia

Last updated 7/15/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Executive Order 4/30/2020, Executive Order 5/21/2020, Executive Order 5/22/2020
Reopening Plan: The Comeback Plan

•May 4: small businesses (fewer than 10 employees), personal care services, restaurants for outdoor dining.
•May 11: wellness centers (exercise therapy, physical therapy, post-operative therapy, and/or rehabilitative therapy programs), drive-in theaters
•May 18: gyms, fitness centers, dance, martial arts, indoor recreation
•May 21: restaurants for indoor dining; large/specialty retail stores; hotels, motels, rental lodging, cabins; tanning businesses; indoor shopping malls;
•May 26: bars at 50% of capacity
•May 30: spas/massage
•June 5: casinos
•June 8: low-contact youth sports and all remaining sports facilities

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: Required for certain businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here

 

Wisconsin

Last updated 7/30/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Orders: Health Order 4/20/2020Executive Order 5/11/2020
Reopening Plan: Badger Bounce Back

May 11: Standalone or strip mall-based retail stores
with exterior entrances may offer in-person shopping

Note: On May 13, the state supreme court struck down
the stay at home and business restrictions order. Some
counties have subsequently adopted the terms of the order.

Masks: Required for everyone statewide
Employee health screenings: No provisions

Links to guidance:
General guidance here
Industry-specific guidance here

Littler Insight: Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down COVID-19 Safer-at-Home Order (May 14, 2020)

 

Wyoming

Last updated 6/10/2020

Status: Reopening
Reopening Order: Executive Order 5/27/2020; Executive Order 6/10/2020 
Reopening Plan: Transition Plan For a Healthy Wyoming

April 29: Gyms
May 1: Personal care services
May 15: restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments for dine-in
June 1: movie theaters, performance venues

Counties may seek a variance to reopen on
a different schedule from the statewide schedule.

Masks: Required for most businesses
Employee health screenings: Required for most businesses

Links to guidance:
General and industry-specific guidance here
County variances and interactive map here

 

COVID-19: The Next Normal – An Interactive Map

Across the country, states have developed pathways toward reopening their economies and are implementing protocols for businesses to reopen and for employees to return to workplaces. The overall framework of each state’s plan is similar: a series of phases with gradual loosening of restrictions made possible by a downward trend in new cases of COVID-19 and an increase in testing capability, contact tracing capability, and the level of preparedness of hospitals and public health agencies to respond to and combat new cases. The finer details of each state’s timetable for reopening various industry sectors, along with the health and safety protocols for reopening, however, vary significantly from state to state, making it a challenge for employers to comply with these new requirements. Clicking on each state in the map above will display an overview of the state’s reopening posture, including a list of the sectors permitted to reopen and the accompanying executive orders and official guidance describing the applicable health and safety requirements. Contact your Littler attorney for further information on reopening business operations.

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